technology-centered, hands-on learning

The Innovation, Design, and Engineering Applications (IDEA) course is fairly new to St Joes and is offered to all freshmen students. The IDEA course allows our students to gain the software and technical skills necessary for success in high school, college, and beyond. 


Milestone C

About the IDEA Course

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. 


Partnership with Milestone C

In 2018, St Joseph High School announced a partnership with the professionals of Milestone C that will enhance our STEM-related courses, add additional electives, and continue after-school programming in Robotics and Aeronautical Engineering. The new partnership is part of a larger strategy to propel St Joes to the leading edge of STEM education using industry-grade experts and resources.

Classes in the sciences and technology will work in dynamic, cross-functional teams in conditions that mimic real-world practice and application. The primary objective of these project-based programs will be to get students comfortable with problem-solving without a single “correct” answer. To learn more about Milestone C, visit