Calvert unveils STEM center

Calvert Catholic School hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the high schools’ new STEM Enrichment Center Thursday evening.

The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) center is the former site of the old library.

“We wanted to have a room that offered flexibility and mobility,” Principal Dominic Helmstetter said. “We wanted to give our students many opportunities and to advance our STEM curriculum, to challenge our students, to offer college courses in our building, and to prepare students for the future.”

The 2,100-square-foot room includes a digital library, a theatre-style classroom and a lounge area. All the furniture has wheels so the room can be redesigned depending on the needs of teachers and students.

The room was equipped through donations from Tiffin University, Calvert’s alumni association, Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller and private donors.

The Mcnerney Companies designed the facility. The school’s vision was set in January and Steve Kantner, president of Mcnerney, came up with a three-dimensional rendering of the room, Helmstetter said.

Teachers from all departments can utilize the room, he said.

One new program offered to students is the language lab. Students currently are learning Chinese in the lab using Tell Me More software. In the fall, Helmstetter said students will be able to learn nine languages.

“The room has unlimited potential,” said Mike Schumacher, director for development and marketing for Calvert.

College courses such as psychology, sociology, calculus, college composition and business law will be offered in the center through Tiffin University.

“My favorite part is coming down to the room and seeing students engaged in in-depth college discussions,” Helmstetter said. “It has been worth the effort.”