IDEA – Innovation, Design, Engineering, Application - Freshman STEM course (.5 credit 9th grade)
This course introduces freshmen students to technology-centered, hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Through assorted projects, students will gain the software and technical skills necessary for success in high school, college and beyond. Students will have repeated opportunities to use design mindset, learn collaboratively, practice task-management, and cultivate teamwork, communication, and critical-thinking skills.
The course learning objectives for students are critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and communication. This will come through practice and is built into the projects throughout the course. Student teams will be provided basic knowledge and objectives and then tasked to design solutions to meet those objectives. The big picture goal of the course is to expose students to a variety of technology to jump start their minds into seeing the possibilities of innovation, think in a design mindset and engineer solutions in a variety of applications.
*Students may elect to take this course during the summer session. Once summer credit is earned, students will receive a study hall in place of the course during one semester of freshman year.
Please note that the summer course is a two-week intensive program that requires a high level of motivation.
Congratulations to the following Class of 2022 students inducted into the National Honor Society on April 27, 2021 at St Joseph High School.
Please welcome Caroline Burns as SJ's new Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment