Technology plays a vital role at St. Mary’s Academy—supporting the dynamic curriculum that is a hallmark of education in each of our classrooms.
Each class in grades kindergarten through 2nd has an iPad cube that includes 10 iPads. This equates to one iPads for every two students, roughly. There is also a class set of twenty Chromebooks on a cart that is shared among teachers to use for class activities in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Each Kindergarten class is also equipped with a technology center and includes four or five iMac desktop computers. We are one-to-one in grades 3rd through 5th grade. Each student has their own Chromebook. Chromebooks are housed in a cart in the classroom for these grades. Outside of the classroom, there is a computer lab of iMac desktops located in the media center for students to use as well as an iPad cube of ten iPads for teachers to use in their classrooms. All students are provided the opportunity to have technology lessons weekly via our library media program and are exposed to a variety of educational websites, software programs, and apps to support classroom learning.
Robotics: Lower School beginnings through High School winnings
Students are intrigued by technology and fearless in applying new skills in robotics. Starting in Lower School, girls and boys learn to work together to brainstorm, build, and program LEGO NXT Mindstorm robots. Continuing in Middle School, students engage in more sophisticated elements of NXT programming and building, ultimately working towards participation in the FIRST LEGO League competition.
Robotics participation in the High School has soared significantly since its inception. Twice participating in Regionals for the BEST competition, the all-girl robotics team ventured into FIRST competition in 2015.