Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Holy Trinity is committed to developing students who are well-versed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

In the elementary grades, students apply the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content while engaged in learning activities that investigate the natural world. Students explore technology and engineering solutions and apply mathematics concepts in order to address real-life issues and solve problems.

As students progress they learn how to apply the roles and views of STEM career professionals. Our faculty regularly invites professionals working in a STEM-related field to give presentations to the students and talk to them about their jobs and how they regularly apply the STEM concepts they have mastered.

Our students regularly take advantage of our fully-equipped Science and Computer labs and other STEM-related resources. Their hands-on exposure to these subjects helps them to become logical thinkers who are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate. They are able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real-world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content.

STEM Competition

Congratulations to three of our 8th grade Bishop Canevin Science students who during the past few months, have worked in groups to create videos for the Carnegie Science Center's "i5 Video Competition." The "i5" refers to the five impacts of STEM: the components were innovations, issues, individuals, inspiring careers, and incredible income potential.

The videos were required to answer the question: How is STEM important in your life? The videos were uploaded to YouTube as part of the competition in which people could vote for their favorite by hitting "like."

The awards ceremony for this competition was held in the Omnimax Theater of the Carnegie Science Center on Friday evening, April 25th. Two videos were recognized as finalists and one of the two teams were from HTS. Blair Bean, Biagio Shipman, and Noah Suehr worked with Louis Worall on a video titled, “Fossil Fuels in Our Lives.” You can check out their video at We are very proud of our students for their effort and teamwork.

Holy Trinity Students Excel in STEM Design Challenge

On March 5, 30 schools from the Pittsburgh area participated in a STEM Design Challenge at Duquesne University. Each team was challenged to design an environmentally friendly people over using no more than 1,400 K'NEX pieces. The teams had two hours to construct their design and give a presentation on how the team meet the challenge. The girl's team built a Triangular Trash Truck that used trash as fuel (biofuel). This practice is actually being tested in California. The boy's team created a monorail system just like the one in Disney World that transports more than 100,000 people each day and runs on electricity. Both teams did an outstanding job taking two out of the five places awarded that day. 4th grade teacher Laura LaGrosse championed the effort and organized the teams, and Mike Flanagan and Steve Ludwick were the mentors that helped the teams develop blue prints and taught the engineering process. Congratulations to the fourth graders: Andrew Feeley, James Haseleu, Ian Lecker, Alex Paluso,Ethan Williams,Audrey Flanagan, Averil Ludwick, Chiara Golomb, Ashleigh Connor, and Renee LaGrosse.