Students visit Europe for STEM Immersion
Twenty-two students visited Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and France for a STEM immersion of worldly engineering. The trip focused on engineering related to sustainability practices students are learning in math and science classes. Students were chaperoned by Math Chair Lesley Schooler and Math teacher Ms. Kristina Levesque.


While riding on one of the world's most famous cable-cars on Mount Pilatus, students and faculty experienced and received a lesson on the engineering of the legendary Mount Pilatus cable-car; a cable car that ascends nearly 7,000 feet to 73 breathtaking Alpine peaks. These views were made possible by advanced engineering and our students were cultured in the types of practical experience that brings theory to life.

On their visit to the world's largest science and technology museum in Munich, Germany (the Deutsches Museum), students saw a cornucopia of historical innovation. The museum represents many fields of science and technology, and it possesses over 100,000 exhibited objects.

By observing the history of innovation and engineering at The Deutsches Museum, our students better understood their later visit to the Hallein Salt Mine outside Salzburg, Austria. These mines have been worked for over 2,500 years and have a rich engineering past that dates back to the Celts. Students slid down the cavernous entrance and into the salt mines to learn about the mineral that impacted Salzburg's history and economic development.

By learning about the engineering feats of yesteryear and today, our students begin to experience the way engineering transforms communities and our world. One of the newer challenges our world is exploring has a lot to do with sustainability and energy practices. Our girls participated in a guided tour of a hydroelectric power station and visited a town that generates 300% more energy than it actually needs.

A visit to the BMW factory helped out students explore the ways transportation is changing too.

"My favorite part of the trip was visiting the BMW factory. Our tour guide physically walked us through the entire process of a car being built, going into different warehouses and factories to explain what is happening in each of the processes," said Shelby Bates '20.

Such a variety of world views only empowers our students to think and dream bigger when it comes to the future and the contributions they can make to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

"Jenna was already planning on studying Environmental Studies in college and now she's impassioned and impressed by the abundance of renewable energy and environmentally proactive countries," said Teresea Klein (mother of Jenna Klein '19).

Carondelet is currently planning for next year's STEM trip. If you'd like more information, please email Mrs. Schooler (lschooler@carondeleths.org).