Dr. Elizabeth Loboa , Dean of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Missouri speaks at Science Seminar for STA students.
On March 30, STA was honored to host Dr. Elizabeth Loboa for a science seminar attended by about 200 students. Dr. Loboa’s professional accomplishments include an MSE and PhD from Stanford University in biomechanical engineering and mechanical engineering. She is the first female dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, and her current research focuses on wound healing and tissue regeneration.
During the seminar she discussed her research and shared her personal journey as a female in the male dominated engineering field. STA students posted questions during her seminar and were encouraged, impressed and amazed to interact so closely with this brilliant scientist and pioneer in biomedical engineering.
“When Dr. Loboa was telling the story of her experience of entering college, I felt like she was describing how I feel right now. To see a real-life example of someone who felt the same way I do currently and to see how successful and passionate she is in her work was definitely an uplifting experience. I have also never really considered engineering as a field that I want to study, but her description of her research in the biomedical engineering field was incredibly interesting to me and I definitely plan to look more into that major.” - Faith Paulasky
“I am interested in engineering, so I requested to meet with either a student or teacher in the College of Engineering. A few of the professors I met and spoke to were the deans. Of all the people I sat down and talked with, all the teachers were male and one was a female student. To see a female not only very successful, but dean of a college was very inspiring.” - Abigail Rose
KANSAS CITY AREA LIFE SCIENCE INSTITUTES (KCALSI) WELCOMES STA STUDENTS
The Kansas City region is a global leader at the nexus of human and animal health benefiting all our citizens and the economy. KCALSI’s mission includes fostering relationships between the academic and private sector life sciences communities, assisting scientific collaboration, and raising awareness and advocacy for life sciences at the local, state, and national levels.
In the fall, students from the STA community were invited to participant in KCALSI’s annual banquet featuring presentations on Computational Medicine along with a silent auction to support local STEM education. In the spring, STA students attended the 2nd annual Bioinformatics Conference. We want to thank KCALSI for welcoming our young women into their world.
“I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend the KCALSI events. Both the Auction and Conference opened my eyes to a new array of science in the career field. These events demonstrated that science, math, and almost every subject blend together in these amazing job opportunities. After attending them, I am more confident in my decision to study the sciences in college. I hope that events such as these will be opened to future students so they too can reap their benefits.” Emma Kate Callahan (2017)
Aspirations in Computing
Congratulations to junior Kiernan O'Boyle, selected as a 2017 winner for the Western Missouri and Kansas Affiliate Awards for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women in Information Technology. Congratulations to junior Mia Schloegel, selected as a 2017 honorable mention recipient for the Western Missouri and Kansas Affiliate Awards for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women in Information Technology.
St. Teresa's Academy is a member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools
The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) was established in 1988 to provide a forum for specialized secondary schools focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to exchange information and program ideas.
Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2013, the Consortium now includes approximately 100 member schools (high schools), many ‘ranked’ as the best in the country, along with 55 affiliate members (colleges, universities, summer programs, foundations, and corporations) located in 32 states, that share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education.
STEAM Certificate Program
St. Teresa’s will launch a STEAM Certificate program in the fall of 2016. The STEAM Certificate acknowledges students for their achievements and involvement in STEAM related activities. This is a multi-year effort that focuses on several academic subject areas and community learning. The program is designed to provide preparation and opportunities related to STEAM fields in and beyond the typical classroom day. Students completing the STEAM certificate will receive special recognition in the commencement program as well as documentation on their transcript. An online application will be available in the fall of 2016 for sophomores and juniors.
Learn more about the STEM/STEAM Certificate Program academic and community learning requirements here.
To apply, click here.
FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition)
It's is more than buildilng robots. Teams (grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it "the hardest fun you'll ever have!" STA students are recruiting team members to participate in the Fall 2016 competition. If you want to be creative, engineer a robot, market a team, use innovative tools, be a design thinker then come join the fun! Check out this FTC Recruiting Video .
Sign up HERE for more information about being a robotics team member.
Through the Online Portfolio, students are paired with colleges or universities that offer courses/programs in their particular STEAM field of interest. Students can also invite a counselor and faculty member to view their work. Digital "badges" can be created for students in the program to allow colleges to see they are working towards certification.