STEM at Pope John XXIII supports the student’s learning through exploration, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity by using digital tools to develop 21st Century skills in a curriculum connected environment.
Students work with Chromebooks, iPads, and Macbooks to explore their world, collaborate with others through Google Classroom and develop their skills with hands on projects as well as digital.

Our STEM teacher, Cathy Patterson, collaborates with each grade’s homeroom teacher to integrate topics and themes being taught in the classroom, into her STEM courses.

This year Mrs. Patterson worked with our Kindergarten-6th grade classes in participating with the Shedd Aquarium’s ‘Wreath-Cycled’ challenge. Schools around Chicago helped deck the halls at Shedd Aquarium by making a holiday wreath of 100% recycled and recyclable materials. Classroom wreaths were hung around the Caribbean Reef exhibit and other areas throughout the holiday season.

Our 6th grade class was awarded first place for their wreath and their accompanying essay about saving coral reefs. As congratulations the Shedd Aquarium visited our school where the 6th graders were given the opportunity to meet a tortoise and try out their Virtual shark experience!