STEAM is not just a buzzword — 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, STEAM is an opportunity to adapt in our Jesuit tradition to meet the needs of our students and the world. It's what St. Louis U. High 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
St. Louis U. High offers STEAM opportunities for diverse student interests through activities both inside and outside the classroom. Students have freedom to pursue their passions, while at the same time 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 STEAM disciplines, our program allows students to:
- Interact with and learn from STEAM professionals;
- Get a head start in college STEAM 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;
- Embrace innovation and entrepreneurialism.
Newsweek recognized SLUH in its 2020 list of Top 500 STEM Schools in the nation. This is a wonderful acknowledgement to our faculty, students and their work with the Clavius Project, in our new Innovation Lab and with project-centered curriculum units.