Critical Thinking with STEM

Lancers are passionate about innovation, intellectual curiosity and the spirit of DIY. They take what they learn in the classroom and apply their knowledge to their interests, be it hackathons, app design challenges or independent science research. Learning truly takes place everywhere.

“We want students to learn the skills they will need to solve real-world challenges — skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, information literacy and responsibility. These skills align with our Holy Cross values and are vital for students to address the social, economic, and environmental injustices they will face in their generation.”

-Emily Thomas, science teacher

STEM Clubs and Activities
  • Astronomy Club
  • Entrepreneurial Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Future Medical Students Association
  • Girls Who Code
  • Hackathons
  • iPad Squad
  • Math Club
  • Milk Carton Boat Race
  • Robotics
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Research @ SF Club
  • Science and Engineering Club
  • Science Bowl
  • SFHacks Programming Club
  • SF Talks




With courses in the basic and applied sciences, teachers emphasize skills such as scientific literacy, creativity and innovation — skills necessary for success in college and beyond. Principles taught in computer science, sports medicine, marine biology and more guide students to becoming informed citizens and lifelong learners.


Students need to know how to navigate an increasingly complex digital landscape in order to engage with the social, cultural and economic world around them. Beyond the 1:1 iPad program and the use of e-books, teachers also discuss digital citizenship and the social impacts of technology so that students can be truly successful.


Whether building a robot to pick up objects or constructing a boat entirely out of milk cartons, students combine classroom theory with ingenuity and practical application. Open-ended, problem-based design activities lead students to use math, science and technology principles to evaluate their work.


From Algebra 1 to Ordinary Differential Equations, teachers transform math into concrete concepts by using demonstrations and real-world applications. Teachers also provide personalized instruction to meet students’ needs, tailoring lesson content and pace to foster student growth.

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