Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Teaching students how to brainstorm. Nurturing invention and forward thinking. Curriculum infused with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). That’s what Lourdes Academy’s STEM program is all about.
Brainstormers, inventors and forward-thinkers are in high-demand for our exciting and fast-paced future. At Lourdes Academy, we give our students everything they need to become leaders in these areas through an innovative curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs.
In 2020, Newsweek announced its ranking of the country’s top 5,000 STEM high schools. Lourdes Academy placed in the top 8% of all high schools nationally, and higher than any other high school in the Oshkosh area.
Lourdes Academy has also been named a PLTW Distinguished School for its Launch (elementary school) and Gateway (middle school) programs, an honor given to districts and schools who achieve exemplary results in their PLTW programs. The Distinguished School recognition honors districts and schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in PLTW programs.
Why do we need STEM? Between 2017 and 2027, STEM jobs are expected to grow by 13% in the United States (that’s 4% more than non-STEM jobs!). Yet, it’s expected that 2.4 million STEM-related positions will go unfilled between 2018 and 2028 due to the skills gap. This is why Lourdes Academy has taken the initiative to implement STEM learning into its curriculum. We want our students to be the next generation of progressive leaders—resulting in new products and processes that help sustain our ever-growing economy.
What is STEM learning? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM-based learning programs are designed to incorporate these subjects into everyday activities. Through problem solving and hands-on learning, students develop critical and creative thinking, leadership and teamwork skills.