As part of an effort to improve academics and stimulate growth in Catholic education, an archdiocese is having Catholic schools repurpose closed spaces into STEM labs.
At St. Ambrose Catholic School, 20 students were learning about human anatomy through animal dissection. They were using a space where nuns had once socialized and cooked and lived, in the old convent section of the school.
Closures and consolidations are nothing new in the schools of the St. Louis archdiocese. Now, they are renovating and expanding to improve academic opportunities and accomodate growth.
Other schools are opening new classrooms. There is even a new middle school building at St. Margaret of Scotland, the first freestanding new building in 50 years.
The two new science labs at St. Ambrose include space for STEM instruction, and an open room for robotics.
“STEM was an area that we really wanted to develop,” said Sister Barbara Zipoli, principal of St. Ambrose. “Especially the girls. We wanted to get the girls more interested in science and engineering, and give them an edge going into high school.”