The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program is a partnership between the school and the Department of Defense, Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center. Government engineers from the center come to the school on a weekly basis and work with the 5th and 8th grade students during their science classes. In past years, our students received 18 trophies for their accomplishments in STEM.
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum in preparation for the county SeaPerch competition held in the early Spring. The Government engineers come after school on a weekly basis to work with interested Middle School students. For more information, click on www.seaperch.org. Our team placed 1st in the 2013 competition and made it to the National competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2014, two teams placed in the local level and competed in the National competition in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 2015, three teams placed first in the local level and competed in the National competition in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. In 2016 one team placed second in the local level and competed in the National competition in Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2017, one team placed 1st in the Poster competition and 2nd in the Obstacle Course and competed at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia for the National Competition. In 2018, one team placed 1st Place in the Obstacle Course and 2nd Place for the Notebook. They competed at the National Competition at the University of Maryland. This program is on hold until further notice.
Recently, our 2nd and 3rd Grade teachers won a grant from the Archdiocese of Washington’s new Teacher Initiative Grant program, they put the hands-on, Chesapeake Bay-centered experiments into action. See the article in the Catholic Standard.