Advanced learning

Stepinac High celebrates advanced learning technologies


Stepinac High School celebrated the unveiling of its latest advanced real-world learning technologies on Friday.

(LR 🙂 Amy Paulin, Member of the New York State Assembly (District 88), Thomas Roach, Mayor of White Plains, Reverend Thomas Collins, President of Stepinac (class of 79) and William Baumstark (class of 22), member of the Engineering Honors Academy in Stepinac. , during the dedication last week.

In the presence of White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach and State Member of Parliament Amy Paulin, members of the administration, teachers and alumni of the Catholic Boys’ High School unveiled a new center for science, technology, engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM), a finance center, Leonardo Adult Patient Simulator and 3D Anatomy Table, plus two additional state-of-the-art classrooms inspired by Columbia University’s learning spaces.

Stepinac President Fr. Thomas Collins (class of 79) said that “bold, visionary and technologically advanced capabilities are the final chapter in Stepinac’s mission to ensure the post-secondary success of our students”.

One of the highlights of the ribbon cutting ceremony were presentations by the students on how they are using the sophisticated and engaging learning tools, typically found in college, to enhance their understanding and successfully undertake applications of the real world in engineering, architecture and biosciences, among others. .

Stepinac’s recent investment in 21st century additions, which have been created in existing school spaces, began last spring with initial design concepts. They were completed over the summer in time for the start of the new school year in September.

The STEAM Center has a state-of-the-art Makerspace with a visual arts design studio where “students are encouraged to tap into their creativity and try something new,” explained director Paul Carty.

Located on the first floor adjacent to the Science Wing, the new 2,200-square-foot facility also houses professional industrial equipment and the latest technologies that “expose students to real-life experiences in engineering, architecture, and design and prepare them for. seize opportunities in these areas. disciplines if they wish, ”added Carty.

The 1,500 square foot financial center, located on the second floor adjacent to the library, “also represents another Stepinac first in curriculum innovation,” said Frank Portanova (class of 93), director. assistant for study programs and university studies. “This unique space is dedicated to teaching professional finance literacy at the college level.

A distinctive Wall Street atmosphere features real-time LED displays, an essential tool used daily by newsrooms, financial wealth management firms, and academic business school financial labs. In addition, the new laboratory allows the integration of the concepts of the Bloomberg terminal and the Bloomberg market into the study program. Students will then graduate with a Bloomberg certificate.

“It will definitely be a boon to their resumes and transcripts and show Stepinac’s continued commitment to our mission of bringing the real world into our classrooms,” said Portanova.

Like the first two classrooms which were well received by students and faculty in 2019, the new additions are equipped with numerous interactive touch screens with high performance front speakers and plenty of inputs for all video formats as well as ‘an integrated browser. , whiteboard and wireless sharing without a computer.

“We are extremely proud of Stepinac’s preeminence in curriculum innovation and technological advancements, the essential foundations of a successful secondary education in the 21st century that will carry on Stepinac’s tradition of training our students to be leaders. of tomorrow in their professions and in their communities, ”said Collins said.

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