Holy Rosary High School will be offering more choices for students next fall with a new pair of technology based programs that principal Vince Orieux describes as next generation learning.
“Essentially we have two new programs; one is called a STEM program—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with three courses being taught through a three block period,” he said.
“Math 10, Science 10 and a Physical Science 20 and taking the practical application from the course content using technology to bring the course content to life; so it gives kids some real life, hands on experiences with content instead of just the traditional ‘read about it.’”
The program is tailored to students who enjoy exploring the world around them and who might be looking into post-secondary science studies.
Students will also have access to smart devices at all times and new robotics equipment will allow them to connect coding and programming to science and math.
Robotics plays a big role in the STEM program with plans made to make a living green wall, or vertical garden as they’re sometimes called, that waters itself using computer programming.
The other new program is for Grade 9 students, called Scientific Design, and incorporates science with practical and applied arts, using design studies as a focus.
“So using similar concepts to the Grade 10 model, where it’s coding, creation of apps and robotics to again, bring the course content to life a bit,” Orieux said.
According to literature provided by Holy Rosary, students collaborate to connect science with technology in project-based tasks that involve interactive computer and web-based programs, 3-D printing, robotics, class presentations and lab applications.
Holy Rosary staff try to be proactive in giving students new choices and opportunities and these new programs are a way for them to do that.
The technology based education is useful for current careers, but Orieux also said it will prepare students for future fields that may not even be created yet.
“You don’t have to look too far beyond the four walls of this building to see that technology is exploding,” he said.
“There’s a lot of current literature and education on the value of technological literacy and we want to be on the forefront of that, so we just see a need and an opportunity; kids are coming in with a skill set, which I said before, we’re training kids right now for jobs that perhaps don’t even exist.”