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Community weighs in on STEM initiatives & new science/technology wing
Posted 02/12/2017 06:00AM

New LaReine Science Center Members of the community including professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine, brainstormed on ideas for the new La Reine Science Center at a webinar conducted in January. Lead by Dr. Marco J. Clark '85, President/CEO of Bishop McNamara, attendees were asked this question: What STEM initiative should we included in the new science and technology wing named in honor of our sister school?

We had a great turnout and many wonderful suggestions from our participants, some who were alumni of Bishop McNamara and La Reine High Schools, current parents, faculty and staff. Their suggestions included more long-term capstone projects, cross-disciplinary thinking, problem solving challenges, while introducing classes that feature engineering concepts and education. Many webinar attendees had suggestions for the facility itself and what it would have to include in order for students to thrive in their scientific education.

Dr. Clark reminded the group of the importance of providing a complete education, inclusive of the arts, thus transforming the notion of STEM to STEAM here at Bishop McNamara. Recently Dr. Clark provided the school's views on an essential element for this initiative, called STEM to STEAM: Teaching the Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Bishop McNamara.

In addition to the suggestions and brainstorming for the La Reine Science Center and curriculum, several attendees pledged their continued support in the future for the facility, and for the BMHS Faith. Family. Future! Capital Campaign.

We are incredibly grateful for so many of you who took the time to give us your advice and your support. Thank you to everyone who attended!

If you were unable to attend the webinar, but would like to offer suggestions for the La Reine Science Center, please contact the BMHS Office of Advancement.

Click on Start Icon in image below to view and listen to the entire prerecorded webinar (note: after clicking on start, your will have a short delay before webinar starts).

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