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STEM Education is both the mastery and integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  It incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project-based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork, collaboration, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving.  All of Carroll’s science courses incorporate aspects of this philosophy.

STEM Highlights

  • Archbishop Carroll High School offers six Advanced Placement courses in STEM fields
  • Twenty-four Carroll students pre-college research at the 2019 Ohio State Science Day.  Fifteen of those students earned a “Superior” rating, the highest rating possible.
  • Two members of the Class of 2021 were selected to present pre-college research at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the most prestigious science fair in the world.  21 Carroll students have participated in ISEF since 2005.
  • Archbishop Carroll High School is the only Dayton area high school, public or private, to win the Ohio Academy of Science Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education every year since its inception.
  • Carroll finished in second place in the Dayton area and seventh place among similarly-sized schools in the state in the 2019 Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics' State Tournament of Mathematics
  • While working side-by-side with professional researchers at the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, our students have earned gold and bronze medals for their synthetic biology research as part of the International Genetically Engineered (iGEM) contest on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  You can learn more about our students and their research on their wiki page.



Carroll earns Ohio Academy of Science's highest STEM Education honor at virtual science fair

August 13, 2020
By Carroll High School
Carroll Science Day Award Winners

The Ohio Academy of Science awarded Carroll High School the Harold C. Shaw Memorial Award, its highest honor, for the second time in three years at its Virtual State Science Day.

Carroll High School's group of 19 student researchers presented their STEM research projects virtually to comply with social distance and health orders instead of the traditional, in-person format.  That didn’t stop 16 students from adjusting their presentations to earn the highest rating of superior.  The three other students earned the second-highest rating of excellent, meeting the OAS’s criteria for the Shaw Award.  Schools must send at least four students to present research, and 80% of those projects must earn a Superior rating. All projects must score at least an excellent rating, and all students who register for the event must present his/her research.  

Carroll was the only high school in the Dayton region to earn the Shaw Award in 2020, and this is the second time Carroll has earned the award since 2018.  13 Patriots earned special awards in their research categories for outstanding projects.

Students present STEM Research at Carroll Science Day

State Science Day Participants and Special Award Winners


Jack Agnew '23 - “The Effect of Antenna Length on SDS-B”: Superior Award

Kevin Agnew '21 - “LED Pacing System for Runners”: Superior Award (Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship 1st Place Award and $200; Statistical Analysis 1st Place Award)

Grace Bete '23 - “The Effect of CaCO3 on the Dissolution of Ibuprofen”: Superior Award

Sophia Carter '21 - “Effectiveness of Steam vs. Chemical  Cleaning”: Superior Award (Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Biotechnology and Biomedical Technologies 4th Place Award and $250 Scholarship; The Ohio State University College of Engineering $1,000 Scholarship renewable for 3 years)

Vivian Dao '22 - “Optimal Thermal Insulation Using Aerogels”: Superior Award (Outstanding Physics Project 3rd Place Award and $50)

Kelly Dong '22 - “Salinity Mitigation Using Straw Mulch on Pisium sativum”: Superior Award

Ellie Erich '21 - “The Effect of Sound Waves on Glycine max:  Phase 2”: Superior Award (Ohio Soybean Bioscience 3rd Place Award and $250)

Hayden Everding '23 - “Harmonics in Harmonicas”: Superior Award

Cameron Neidhard '21 - “Developing an Application to Measure Stroop Interference in Bilinguals”: Superior Award (Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship Honorable Mention Award and $25 gift card)

Josh Orlett '21 - “Effect of Various Aggregates on Concrete  Strength”: Superior Award (Excellence Award for Civil Engineering Projects Honorable Mention Award; Outstanding Civil/Environmental  Engineering 2nd Place Award and $150)

Trinity Raber '21 - “The Effect of Various Food Textures on Eisenia foetida Castings”: -Superior Award (Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship Honorable Mention Award and $25 gift card; Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Outstanding Naturalist Award)

Josie Rose '21 - “Negative Effects of Plastic Leachate on  Spirulina major”: Superior Award (Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research 3rd Place Award and $100; Stone Laboratory Scholarship)

Meredith Sanders '23 - “Desalination of Salt Water Using Halophytic Rhizophora mangle”: Superior Award (American Water Works 3rd Place Award and $100)

Karissa Speakman '23 - “The Effect of Roofing Material on Rainwater Collection”: Superior Award

Caroline Wittman '21 - “The Effect of Water Conductivity on Prey- Catching Behavior in  Apteronotus albifrons”: Superior Award (Milt Austin Aquatic Science 1st Place Award and $150; Veterinary Medicine 3rd Place Award and $150)

Katie  Wittman '21 - “Use of Hydrophytes to Phytoremediate Fertilizer Contaminated Water”: Superior Award (Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research 2nd Place Award and $100; Soil and Water Conservation 2nd Place Award and $100)

Caden Bistrek '23 - “The Effectiveness of Headgear in Soccer”: Excellent Award

Anthony Gabriele '21 - “Designing a Programming System in Children with Developmental Coordination  Disorder”: Excellent Award (Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship 1st Place Award and $200)

Seth Tivakaran '23 - “The Effect of Different Food Substances on  Lactate Build-up”: Excellent Award (Osteopathic Medical 2nd Place Award and $100)

Employment in STEM occupations grew by 10.5 percent, or 817,260 jobs, between May 2009 and May 2015.  The national average wage for all STEM occupations was $87,570, nearly double the national average wage for non-STEM occupations.

-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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