Private school adding religion, art to STEM curriculum

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 20, 2015)– The STEM plan is a curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering and math. It’s an education that aims to develop a student’s ability to think logically and solve problems, both in the classroom and in the real world.

“It engages the student learner. We have to be prepared for the jobs that these children will be competing for that haven`t even been invented yet,” said Principal Frank Barlag of Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Noblesville.

The private school opened their learning lab two weeks ago and took the STEM initiative and added a twist: incorporating religion and art into the curriculum.

“They go back into the classroom and ask where does our Catholic identify fits into the projects. What makes them ethical and moral and how they can benefit all humanity,” explained Barlag.

The STREAM program incorporates a values-based foundation into the STEM curriculum, which is important to these Christian families.

“My kids are really excited when they come home. 21st century learning is happening at Our Lady of Grace. The younger that they can start experiencing, tinkering  the easier it will be for them to decide they want to go on their careers,” said parent Celina Scott.

Donors and church members gave money to build the lab.

STEM based programs are proving to be extremely important for our kids’ education. In fact, the US Department of Education predicts a 14 percent increase in jobs that require STEM skills between 2010 and 2020.