Middle school students represented Villa Maria Academy Lower School on Monday, May 8 at the 26th Annual PAECT Student Technology Showcase along with 24 other area schools! The event is held annually to present legislators and the public with the opportunity to learn how teachers are integrating technology into K-12 classrooms across the Commonwealth.
Villa students were invited to the Capitol Building in Harrisburg to demonstrate first-hand how technology is used at Villa Maria Lower School in an innovative way. Students were accompanied by Villa’s STEM Teacher, Mrs. Katie Bellopede and Villa’s Technology Director, Mrs. Lisa Callan.
The girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 were interviewed live about their engaging STEM projects in 3D Design and Printing, Programming and Robotics as they each took turns explaining a key component about the process.
Villa girls engage in a challenging integrated curriculum that cultivates scientific and mathematical literacy while encouraging innovation and creative problem solving. “We take every opportunity for the girls to be hands-on and to also look for the creative applications of STEM, both within and beyond the classroom,” said Mrs. Bellopede.
Villa Maria Academy empowers young women through leadership and service in the IHM tradition. As a Catholic elementary school, Villa is committed to the moral and spiritual growth of each student. As an all-girls school, Villa Maria differentiates instruction to the specific needs of girls, while integrating the latest in instructional technology.