STEM is not just a buzzword, and it means more than Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. It's a concept that epitomizes who we are: inquiry-based learners and intellectual pursuers of practical solutions in today's complex world. It's a way of learning that emphasizes what we value in education: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Mostly, STEM is an opportunity to adapt in our Jesuit tradition to meet the needs of our students and the world. It's what SLUH has been doing for two centuries, and it's what Jesuits have been doing for much longer.
Notable Jesuit scientists, spanning the 16th through the 20th century (pictured from left): Christopher Clavius, Ferdinand Verbiest, Matteo Ricci, Roger Boscovich, Juan Molina, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
Convergence of Creativity and Innovation
SLUH offers STEM opportunities for a variety of student interests through activities both inside and outside the classroom. Students have freedom to pursue their passions, while imagining, designing, creating, and promoting their work. Realizing that creativity and innovation involve the convergence of many different fields, our curriculum rests comfortably within the context of a well-rounded education that is the foundation for truly compelling work in STEM areas.
In addition to the deep exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, our program allows students to interact with and learn from STEM professionals; get a head start in college STEM majors by earning college credit through AP and 1818 courses; develop creative problem-solving and leadership skills; become collaborative, creative, critical thinkers; solve a variety of real-world problems; and be innovative and entrepreneurial.
Of course, we have fun in the process! See some examples below and CLICK HERE to explore our program further.
"SLUH gave me the opportunity to explore and develop my interest in STEM by supporting our team in the FIRST FRC Robotics league. I learned how be an effective leader, come up with alternative solutions to challenging problems, how to deal with time and financial constraints, and work together to accomplish what no one could do alone. The values and experiences that SLUH provided me have continued to help me in my engineering career today."
- Eric Berg '15
Pictured above-right. A senior at Cornell University, Berg participated in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit for his skateboard startup company, XBoard. His team was one of just six to pitch in the Blackstone Launchpad Pitch Competition at Forbes in Boston. In addition, XBoard was accepted in Cornell's top startup accelerator program called eLab.