Our Lady of Grace emphasizes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at every grade level. Through Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national leader in STEM curriculum development and teacher training, we provide students a foundation in a variety of STEM topics. Optional before- and after-school activities such as Lego Robotics offer interested students additional opportunities to pursue their interests in STEM subjects.
In the PLTW "Launch" curriculum for K-5, study modules focus on Biomedical Science, Computer Science and Engineering. Students are actively engaged through experimentation and problem solving. Each module incorporates a project in which students use the engineering design process. For a full description of the two STEM modules in grades K-5, click here.
Middle School students benefit from the PLTW "Gateway" curriculum which goes deeper into topics such as Automation Robotics, Design and Modeling, and Forensic Science. Middle School students learn through hands-on projects often incorporating technology such as Autodesk Inventor Robot C software and the VEX robotics platform. The STEM modules allow students to relate their knowledge of math and many areas of science to develop solutions to real-world problems. For a full description of the STEM modules in each grade of Middle School, click here.
In addition to the STEM modules, all students pursue a full science curriculum which emphasizes the foundations of Life, Earth and Physical science. In addition, sixth graders spend one trimester focusing on a Science Fair project of their own choosing. Outstanding projects from OLG students have gone on to win awards at the Regional and State Science Fairs. By combining the traditional curriculum with opportunities for project-based STEM learning, Our Lady of Grace offers students a very complete and compelling science program. For more information on our STEM offerings, contact the Program Director Mrs. Rikki Mortl.
In addition to the classroom curriculum, Our Lady of Grace offers many opportunities for students to explore STEM topics through extracurricular activities:
- Destination Imagination teams in Grades K-8
- Continental Math in Grades 3-4
- Math Masters competitive math team in Grades 5-6
- Future Problem Solvers in Grades 6-8
- FIRST Lego League (FLL) program offered in Middle School