Technology courses are essential to every Catholic school curriculum. In fact, technology is required to be integrated throughout each course of study from Mathematics to Religion. The use of technology in the 21st century is integral to preparing students for college and career success. Technology courses in Catholic schools cover a variety of lessons including Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration. All of these units are taught and influenced by the lens of Catholic identity and the dignity of all humankind.
In addition to the core technology integrated curriculum, 3D printing has been added as an activity to enhance instruction throughout many of the schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
On May 5, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori held a press conference to announce an exciting new initiative that makes a 3D printer available in every Archdiocesan school. The initiative was made possible due to support from the Embracing Our Mission ~ Shaping Our Future capital campaign, a generous donation by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Croteau, and our technology and curriculum partners, 3D Systems and STEAMTrax.
3D printing is considered a “game-changer” for schools, as they provide children with unparalleled access to innovative technology used by engineers, astronauts on the International Space Station, and medical professionals and scientists.
St. Philip Neri School students will have access to this same technology and a curriculum that allows our students to become more ready every day for future discoveries and advances we have yet envisioned.
At St. Philip Neri the following technology is currently available to students:
- Wireless Internet access
- 200 megabyte Comcast Internet connection
- Fiber optic backbone between church and school
- Document Cameras in every classroom
- SmartBoards in every classroom
- 50 iPads are available for student use in the classroom
- 40 Chromebooks are available for student use in the classroom
- Multimedia Computer Lab with 28 Lenovo work stations
- Chromecast and Apple TVs are available in classrooms
- Ceiling-mounted LCD projectors in each classroom
- Osmo game systems for iPads
In the Maker space:
- 4 Dell Workstations for Teacher / Student use
- 1 Mac Server
- 1 work station dedicated to 3D printing
- 3 HP Laptops
- 8 Ipads
- 1 CubePro Duo 3d Printer
- 1 Makerbot Replicator mini 3D printer
- 3 3d Systems Cube (Gen 2) 3D Printers
- 14 Lego NXT Robotics Kits
- 4 Lego EV3 Robotics Kits
- $3000 worth of Legos obtained from a grant from Lego Education
- 3 computer controlled mini drones with still photo capability
- 12 Sphero Robots - allows students to play, learn and explore
- 18 Ozobots
- 8 Owi Robotic Arm Edge Kits (robot arms) with USB controllers
- 1 HP Large Format 36” Printer
- 1 HP Laserjet BW printer
- 1 HP Laserjet Color printer
- 3 Raspberry Pi micro computers
- 4 Arduino micro controller kits with basic electronic components