Expanded STEAM Programs

STEAM-No-NC

STEAM Overview

Nashua Catholic  Regional Junior High School fosters a passion for learning with hands-on experiences with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  These concepts are tightly integrated into our course curriculum.

Additionally,  a weekly  Technology and Engineering class is provided with the 2015/2016 focus on Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical the Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home.

2015/2016 Activities, Themes and Presentations

Water

Bernie Rousseau, VP of Sales from Pennichuck Water
Charles Okorie and the Thank you Project, discussing the scarcity of drinkable water
Nashua Catholic students participated in the Thank you Project Water Walk.

Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Panel discussions with industry experts, where Nashua Catholic students asked questions based upon the various lessons learned in our Science and Math progrms.

Panel One – Wesley Savage, Biologist UMass-Lowell; Jeremy DeLisle, Biologist UNH Cooperative Extension and David Neils Chief Water Biologist NH Dept. of Environmental Services.

Panel Two – Jon Knute, Arborist UNH Cooperative Extension and Kyle Lombard Program Coordinator NH Dept of Environmental Services.

Climate Change

Chris Skoglund, Energy and Transportation Analyst and spokesman for the New Hampshire Climate Change Policy Task Force.

Kevin Skarupa, WMUR Meteorologist met with the school to discuss current weather patterns and trends.

Rube Goldberg projects to demonstrate applications in Force and Newton’s Three Laws of Motions.

Tech and Engineering class students learned about the Laws of Thermodynamics, an important engineering concept.

Robotics

Marc Wilga, Principal Mechanical Engineer and Paul Schmitt, CSEP Robotic Systems Engineer from iRobot demonstrated a wide range of consumer and military robots.

Recycling

Ms. Sally Hyland, Recycling Coordinator for Nashua Public Works Division.

Rube Goldberg Contest

The Rube Goldberg Contest is a part of the Young Inventors Program (http://www.aas-world.org/YIP/about-YIP.html) that brings students the opportunity to learn about engineering in solving simple problems.

Technology

Students learned a variety of computer skills such as:

  •      Microsoft Office and Google tools use
  •      Basic Block Based Coding
  •      Hardware Tear Down of PCs
  •      3D graphics design (Art and Technology)
  •      Computer Sound Design (Art and Technology)
  •      Computer Game Design

New This Year

A new course offering for 8th graders will include advanced programming with Scratch, Arduino, SketchUp, and Python.

These units helps to provide our students with a fundamental understanding of computer technology and programming.

Art and Math

Throughout the course of the year the Math and Science programs integrated Art into their curriculum.

  • Rube Goldberg Unit as well as the Chemistry Unit
  • Mathematical (geometric) concepts in Art activity
  • Tessalations and Penrose (Impossible Escher) figures as part of school’s mini-course program

 Young Inventors Fair

Each year Nashua Catholic students are selected to present their invention projects at the Young Inventors’ program Regional Invention Convention from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook