Academy of Our Lady of Peace empowers female students to excel in STEM

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Women hold less than 25% of STEM jobs, and hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergrad degrees, particularly in engineering.

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace is one of the schools trying to change that. Elizabeth Alvarez was live in North Park to meet some of the students and take a look at their accomplishments.

OLP has joined the movement of educators across the world that recognizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as integral subjects. STEM engages students in integrated learning as they explore the world around them, create innovative solutions to problems and communicate their results.

The proof is in their numbers- 100% of OLP graduates going on to pursue higher education. OLP’s curriculum includes access to more than 53 classes in STEM disciplines and more than 30 Advanced Placement and Honors courses.

In 2015 the Academy of Our Lady of Peace created the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) certification to acknowledge students for their achievements and involvement in STEM related activities.

Students completing the requirements to earn a STEM certificate receive special recognition at their commencement ceremony, as well as a seal of completion on their graduation diploma. In addition, documentation of STEM completion will be noted on their transcript.

This past year, the graduating class saw 40% of its graduates pursuing STEM majors in college, which is more than double the co-ed national average (16%).

OLP uses robotics as a tool to promote student engagement and enhance STEM learning at the school. OLP offers a Robotics and Engineering Club and the OLP Pilots Robotics Team which focus on the development of 21st century skills, teamwork, problem solving, ideation, project management and communications.

Since the inception of the Club, professional engineers have been invited to speak during co-curricular. Jointly, the club and team plan to host a variety of engineers to speak next semester and will engage in several mini-engineering projects.

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