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iSTEAM

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 broussardc@fordhamprep.org or Dr. Raymond Gonzalez, iSTEAM Coordinator & Science Teacher, gonzaler@fordhamprep.org.   

Mission Statement:
The Fordham Prep iSTEAM program provides students the opportunity to imagine, design, create, and discover in the spirit of our Ignatian identity for the purposes of social justice and finding God in all things to benefit humankind. 
 
Purpose of iSTEAM at Fordham Prep:
Fordham Prep’s iSTEAM program creates opportunities for our students to engage actively in the pursuit of scientific research and design projects. We strive to do this within the context of an Ignatian institution. Fordham Prep also fosters the academic achievement of our students by creating time and space for students to invent, build, participate in authentic research, and pursue important questions through multiple lenses. Project-based learning and immersion experiences offer our students pathways of learning bent toward technology, engineering, sciences, and the arts. Students also have an opportunity to conduct research and present findings during an annual campus-wide symposium.
 

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.

  • Critically test hypotheses to come to 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 action:

ESports 
In September 2019, Juniors Alejandro Senado, Martin Coyne, Kevin Salmon, and Joshua Ramos attended the first ESports Summit at the flagship Microsoft store in Manhattan to learn more about gaming and competitive ESports. Over 90 Prep students have expressed interest in creating a competitive team for the new school year. Mr. Broussard will help guide our students in this new initiative.

 
CyberPatriot Team
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.

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