Full Speed Ahead for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math
The STEAM Academy at The John Carroll School provides opportunities for advanced students who have a strong interest and aptitude to explore different fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This program is by invitation only.
The Academy equips participants with real-world skills and experience through a variety of college-preparatory, honors, and Advanced Placement coursework; and supports independent discovery.
A STEAM-related Senior Project is a graduation requirement and students who complete the Academy curriculum will earn a diploma with an Honors Distinction in STEAM.
Incoming freshmen will be invited to apply to the STEAM Academy based on the following criteria:
- High School Placement Test (HSPT) or John Carroll math placement test scores which place the student into Advanced or Honors Algebra II
- Recommendation from eighth grade science or math teacher
- Acceptance into Honors Algebra II
Invitations will be sent out in late December or early January.
Admitted STEAM Academy students will take STEAM Centered Learning (SCL1) in freshman year and SCL2 in sophomore year to introduce various topics and fields of study within the five focus areas. Whenever possible, SCL courses will incorporate hands on projects. Upon completion of both SCL classes, STEAM Academy students can choose to take additional classes in a specific discipline for further study. Along with the basic John Carroll graduation requirements, STEAM students must have completed 4 credits each of Science and Math plus 3 full credits of STEAM electives by the end of their senior year.
STEAM Academy Topics & Classes
Freshman Year STEAM Centered Learning (SCL1) will cover topics including:
Scientific Field Book/Journal Use
Scientific Research, Design and Ethics
Introduction to Computer Science
CAD Concepts & 3D Printing
Electronics and Robotics
Project Design and Presentation Techniques
Sophomore Year STEAM Centered Learning (SCL2) will cover topics including:
Mathematics in the Arts
Product Design Simulation
Virtual Reality and AR Concepts
Junior and Senior Year STEAM Course Offerings See JC Course Catalogue for detailed class descriptions.
Science: Biology*, Chemistry*, Environmental Science*, Marine Biology and Physics*+
Technology: AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, Artificial Intelligence with Data Analytics, Cyber Security, JAVA Programming
Arts: Intro to Architecture, Architecture 2, Digital Media, Introduction to Drawing and Design, CAD I, CAD II
Engineering: Introduction to Engineering, Robotics
Math: Algebra II, Algebra III, Pre-Calculus, Calculus**, Geometry, Statistics* and Trigonometry
* = AP level available.
** = Advanced Placement AB & BC levels available.
Mr. Michael Monaghan
Mr. Monaghan had various roles in the industry, most recently as Principal Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute. Mr. Monaghan brings over 30 years in the Information Technology field, working as a developer, Project leader and Systems Analyst.