Center for STEM Education

Innovation Continues with New Center for STEM Education

The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur broke ground on a new 30,000 square foot Center for STEM Education at a ceremony on December 20, 2017.

The Center will include technology enabled active learning (TEAL) environments that include eight science laboratories, three lab prep rooms, eight mathematics classrooms, a design thinking and entrepreneurship classroom and labs dedicated to design and innovation, robotics and coding. This state-of-the-art facility will be ready for students and faculty in 2019.

“Our new Center for STEM Education embodies educational space that inspires, providing an intellectual energy and the aspiration to push boundaries of learning. The Center emphasizes the ability of STEM designs and products to heal and enhance the quality of life throughout the world,” said Notre Dame’s President, Dr. Judith A. Dwyer.

Notre Dame is deeply grateful to those families and individuals who have been instrumental in this bold, transformative project. We now need your help to cross the finish line! Be a part of history, and show your support for Notre Dame's tradition of excellence in education for the young women of Notre Dame, now and in the future. Join us as we embark upon the final phase of our $15 million campaign. Click on the link below or contact Maria Breck Gunn, Director of Advancement, at mgunn@ndapa.org or 610.687.3867.

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Why is STEM a critical part of the Academy's vision for the future?

One of the key educational philosophies of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is that we teach our young women, "What they need to know for life." STEM interdisciplinary education provides opportunities to develop core competencies such as critical thinking, analytical and deductive reasoning, computing and communication skills -- competencies needed by all students in all careers.

What will the Center feature?

A 30,000 square foot facility, the Center boasts flexible, technology enabled active learning (TEAL) environments that include eight science laboratories, three lab prep rooms, eight mathematics classrooms, a design thinking and entrepreneurship classroom and labs dedicated to design and innovation, robotics and coding. The Center also connects with outdoor teaching learning space to provide a wider campus experience for environmental science. While the Center reflects the current curriculum offered by our excellent faculty, it provides a more extended, nimble space for research, teaching, collaboration and project based learning.

When will construction of the Center for STEM Education be completed?

This state-of-the-art facility will be ready for students and faculty in 2019.

What do we hope our students will gain from the Center?

Educational space should inspire, providing an intellectual energy and an aspiration to push the boundaries of learning. The Center also promotes the dynamic between theory and practice, as project based learning models emphasize the ability of STEM designs and products to heal and enhance the quality of life throughout the world.

What is the future for women in STEM?

Women are underrepresented in STEM careers, as corporate executives consistently seek female leaders in engineering, coding, biochemistry, aeronautics and other STEM related fields. Promoting self-confidence in young women starts in the critically formative years of middle and high school as we prepare our students for opportunities, challenges and careers that may not even currently exist.

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