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Innovate, Create & Discover paves the way for STEM Contetst

March 09, 2015 | posted by Veronica Montalvo, Director of Enrichment Programs

Topics: Catholic Schools, Hope for the Future

Innovate, Create & Discover paves the way for STEM Contetst

“I was having so much fun that I forgot the judges were in the room!”  This was one of many positive comments made by students ranging in grades 1st through 12th grade at the inaugural “Innovate, Create and Discover” contest held on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.  The contest replaces the Archdiocesan Science Fair with a new approach to active learning and application of science, technology, engineering and mathematic skills.  “Innovate, Create and Discover” offers a unique challenge to students in teams of four designed to foster creative and critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, teamwork, project managment, perserverance and self-confidence.

“Innovate, Create and Discover” is part of the Catholic Arts and Academic Competition (C.A.A.C.)  The Department of Catholic Schools designed the program to incorporate four pillars:  Catholic Identity, Arts and Humaities, Academic Achievement, and Competition Community.  Together, these four pillars inspire active learning opportunities to Catholic School students across San Antonio and the surrounding communities.

A total of 17 schools participated in the contest with almost 100 students ready to take on the divisional task challenges.  Using a variety of common materials, students were challenged to build bridges, towers and launching devices.  The energy was high and teamwork abound.  Contest winners were as follows: Division A (Elementary)- 1st Place: St. John Berchmans; 2nd Place: St. James-Seguin; 3rd Place: St. Luke.  Division B (Middle School)-1st Place:St. Monica; 2nd Place: St. John Bosco; 3rd Place: St. Pius X.  Divison C (High School)-1st Place: St. John Paul II; 2nd Place: Antonian HS; 3rd Place: The Atonement.