Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEAM)
Holy Trinity Students Excel in STEM Design Challenge
Every spring schools from the Pittsburgh area participate in a STEM Design Challenge at Duquesne University. Each team is challenged to design a structure using no more than 1,400 K'NEX pieces.
The teams have two hours to construct their design and give a presentation on how their team meet the challenge. The students begin designing their structures and preparing their presentations months before the actual event.
2019 STEM Design Challenge
Holy Trinity School’s 4th and 5th grade students participated in the STEM Design Challenge sponsored by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and ThermoFisher Scientific on March 6 at Duquesne University. Teams of up to four students were given a challenge to design and build structures out of K’Nex that could move an item a distance of six inches. Each team had to move three items during the competition. Three Holy Trinity teams entered the competition-Baking Not Taking, Crazy Cleanup Crew, and Fluttering Flowers Greenhouse. The Crazy Cleanup Crew team comprised of M.J. Martella, Alex Smith, Christian Williams, and Colton Yonker took 3rd place in the competition. Their project simulated a recycling scenario and consisted of a gripping device, conveyer belt, and truck all composed out of K’Nex pieces and motors. The claw, or gripping device, was designed to sort recyclables, the conveyer moved the recyclable items to a “truck” which then moved the items to the recycling facility. Students had to bring the unassembled pieces to the competition and rebuild the structures using their blueprint. They then presented the working design to the judges along with a tri-fold display that detailed their design. Holy Trinity students Elise Hornyak, Helene Ludwick, Sophia Saginaw, and Zoe Woessner made up the Baking Not Taking team. Lindsay Bressler, Jordan Jones, Marco Sidhom, and Jack Turina created the Fluttering Flowers Greenhouse team.
2018 STEM Design Challenge
Holy Trinity School received best middle school in the BEST Robotics competition at Grove City College for the second year in a row.
Holy Trinity is committed to developing students who are well-versed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
In the elementary grades, students apply the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content while engaged in learning activities that investigate the natural world. Students explore technology and engineering solutions and apply mathematics concepts in order to address real-life issues and solve problems.
As students progress they learn how to apply the roles and views of STEM career professionals. Our faculty regularly invites professionals working in a STEM-related field to give presentations to the students and talk to them about their jobs and how they regularly apply the STEM concepts they have mastered.
Our students regularly take advantage of our fully-equipped Science and Computer labs and other STEM-related resources. Their hands-on exposure to these subjects helps them to become logical thinkers who are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate. They are able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real-world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content.