Technology is an integral part of our curriculum. Each student is equipped with an iPad, and students have the opportunity to interact with technology through a wide range of course work and extra-curricular activities.
The focus of the Central Catholic iPad Program is to provide tools and resources to the twenty-first century learner. Excellence in education requires that technology be appropriately and seamlessly integrated into the educational program, and the iPad is a device that makes learning more engaging and accessible. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher; however, teaching and learning using iPads fosters the integration of technology into a rigorous curriculum that will better prepare your son for college and his future.
All incoming freshmen and transfer students receive an iPad to use while enrolled at Central Catholic High School. Students will receive their iPads before the beginning of the school year. Three iPad orientation sessions are scheduled (August 7, 8, and 12), and your son is required to sign up in advance for one session.
Please review the iPad Orientation checklist below. A number of tasks must be completed prior to receiving the iPad. By completing the checklist, the process will be straightforward and your son will leave the orientation session with his iPad.
If you have any questions about the iPad program, email Stephanie Shanahan, Director of Academic Technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
iPad Orientation Checklist:
- Read the Central Catholic iPad Program 2019-2020 Policy, Procedures, and Information Guide
- Read the Central Catholic iPad Program FAQ Sheet
- Sign up here for one of three iPad orientation sessions. Sign ups are now open.
- Read and sign (online signature) the Central Catholic Parent and Student Agreement for iPad Use
- Create an Apple ID required for downloading apps and backing up data on the iPad.
- If your son already has an Apple ID, he may use this same account for his school iPad.
- He will not be required to pay for any school apps.
- He must have his own Apple ID and not a shared family account.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Curriculum and Facilities
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives are an integral part of Central Catholic’s curriculum. The goal of STEM education at Central is to provide an integrated curriculum where students of all academic levels will be exposed to STEM concepts and gain an understanding of careers in these fields.
Central Catholic currently offers 25 different STEM courses in its curriculum. Electives and extra-curricular activities expose students to possible career paths, provide opportunities for them to interact with industry professionals, and apply what they are learning to solve real world problems.
Learning on Industry Standard Equipment
In all computer science and engineering courses, students are using industry-standard software and hardware to build their projects, including:
- Autodesk Inventor (CAD and 3D Modeling)
- CISCO routers and switches (Computer Networking)
- Vectric V-Carve software and a CNC Milling machine (CNC Programming)
- Python programming language (Algorithmic thinking & Computer Programming Fundamentals)
- Java programming language (Computer Science)
- Lego EV3, VEX and FIRST Robotics
- Four 3-D Printers (Makerbot 2x)
- Epilog Laser Engraver
- Cisco Switches, Routers, WAPs
- Science Labs outfitted with Vernier and Pasco equipment.
Students have plenty of opportunities to hone their interests in technology outside of the classroom. Dedicated clubs and activities allow students to explore a variety of STEM topics.
- VEX Robotics
- PJAS (PA Junior Academy of Science)
- Science Olympiad
- Science Bowl
- STEM Outreach Program
Take a 3D Tour of the Zupancic Family STEM Center.