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STEM Program

In the 2015-16 school year, Archbishop Carroll introduced a formal STEM Pathway option to students who wish to study Engineering while in high school. This program gives students the opportunity to explore real- life questions and seek answers. As our world becomes more technologically complex, the careers of the future will continue to demand higher levels of critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation. Engineering students at Carroll will develop and use these skills every day in the classroom, preparing them to become highly competitive in college and beyond.

Our Engineering Pathway is provided through a partnership with Project Lead the Way, a national leader in STEM Education. Students may join the program as freshmen or sophomores, participating in a total of 3 or 4 year-long courses. These courses are hands-on and highly engaging.

Course of Study

Introduction to Engineering:  Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles of Engineering:  Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Through these two foundational courses, students will learn the basics of Engineering principles and skills, as well as dig deep into engineering projects, questions, and topics. In the 2017=2018 school year, the first cohort of Carroll's Engineering students will specialize in an upper level course, Digital Electronics.

Digital Electronics (DE): The study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices, such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, and high-definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation.
If you have any questions about the STEM Engineering Pathway at Carroll, please contact: Katy Dunn, Principal or Michelle Ming, Engineering Program Director.