A STEM lab is in the works for St. Patrick Catholic High School, thanks to SPCHS Teacher Kaitlyn Norton and Huntington Ingalls Industries. More than 80 proposals were submitted for upcoming projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, and only 26 schools were selected. Norton, along with Principal Buckley and Superintendent Dr. Mike Ladner, accepted the grant on Tuesday, February 6.
In her proposal, Norton said, “St. Patrick High School has consistently grown students to become successful members of the STEM fields. Throughout the years, feedback has been received from alumni on how to better that growth to further prepare and motivate students for college and beyond. As an alumni engineer and a new teacher at St. Patrick High School, I have experienced first-hand the importance of having a general understanding of programming, the associated tools, and the scientific process when approaching the STEM field. St. Patrick prepared me for the rigor of college, but when introduced to programming and engineering labs, everything was brand new. I plan to bring aspects of lessons I am glad I experienced in high school at St. Patrick and those I wish I had learned in high school back to the current students of St. Patrick who aspire to be our future Scientists, Technicians, Engineers, and Mathematicians.”
Congratulations Ms. Norton!