According to a 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Education, only 40% of high school students are prepared to take college level science and math coursework. Providing access to a dynamic science, technology, engineering, art, and math program through an Ignatian perspective (or iSTEAM) allows Fordham Prep students to weave together ideas from various disciplines, think critically, be creative, and use discovery as an engine for learning.
For more information or questions related to our iSTEAM program, please contact Chad Broussard, Assistant Principal of Academics & Student Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Raymond Gonzalez, iSTEAM Coordinator & Science Teacher, email@example.com.
Fordham Prep iSTEAM projects will have students:
inquire into a real world question, problem or design challenge. These will inherently be problems which are not aimed at one specific solution;
innovate current solutions and discuss and debate how such changes positively impact a community;
recognize how their project exists in an Ignatian context, and reflect on how knowledge gained can be used for the greater glory of God;
collaborate including multiple perspectives and opinions to arrive at a greater product than one could invent by themselves;
gather data based on their own real observational or experimental information;
design or build something, create a metric or design a process for gathering knowledge;
test hypotheses for real world conclusions about their work and design process;
articulate and present conclusions to their peers and teachers, formally presenting their work and justifying their conclusions through oral presentations, written reports or poster presentations.
In March 2019, Fordham Prep’s CyberPatriot team was recognized recently for its success in advancing to the national semi-final round of competition. CyberPatriot was created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This was the Prep’s first CyberPatriot team and we look forward to continued success in the future.