Mercy Academy using drones, robots and 3D printers to teach students.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students attending one of Louisville's all-female Catholic high schools, Mercy Academy, will soon be able to learn to build and fly drones, program robots and use 3D printers. It's part of the new STEM Innovation Center to teach girls about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The center opens to students August, 12th when students go back to school.

Graphic design teacher, Steve Hammer co-developed the curriculum at Mercy. He gave us a tour of the new facility and explained how it benefits students.

The school has invested $30,000 for the construction of and equipment for its new STEM Innovation Center, equipped with two traditional 3D printers, a new Form 1+ high resolution 3D printer and a laser cutter. The new center will provide a space for STEM students to build, test and perfect their projects, which include building drones and robots, computer programming, studying ecological habitats and experimenting with forensic DNA samples.

Mercy Academy has had classes focused in the STEM areas for some time, but students can now experience a more formalized STEM-focused curriculum during their four-year education at the high school.  Mercy Academy teachers and administrators were integral in developing the new curriculum, with several educators coming from a STEM-related background. Biology teacher Eric Wong incorporated his knowledge acquired from his time at MIT, Case Western Reserve University and Harvard to help shape Mercy's STEM program. 

"The biggest benefit for students is to get a hands-on experience to become engineers, scientists and problem solvers.  With this knowledge, Mercy prepares our young women for careers in lucrative fields that are currently underserved by females," said Hammer. 

About Mercy Academy

The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy (Mercy Academy) is an all-female Catholic high school in Louisville, Ky., that exists to serve young women by empowering them through an innovative approach to education that prepares students for real life within a warm and caring Catholic community. Mercy Academy is committed to offering a varied curriculum to a range of students seeking preparation for college, for work in an age of rapid change and, most importantly, for the real world. The major concern of Mercy Academy is the individual student in which educators strive to develop each young woman to her greatest potential and to encourage them to pass on the spiritual, cultural, social and intellectual heritage which have been entrusted to her.

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