Academics + Inquiry & Innovation (I2) Scholar Program

Inquiry & Innovation

“Schooling isn’t worth anything unless it creates for people the capacity to believe that they can change the world. ” – Jean Piaget

I2 Scholar Program Mission

The Inquiry & Innovation (I2) program is a four-year program designed to target the unique passions and interests of its students through a lens of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, design and service.

I2 Scholar Program Components

Scholar Curriculum

I2 Scholars will have shared classes during during their time at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Shared classes will cover the same content, but will emphasize the inquiry process and will introduce scholars to cutting edge fabrication tools and design systems. Current shared classes are outlined below:

  • Year 1: Physics and English
  • Year 2: Honors Chemistry
  • Year 3: Open
  • Year 4: KickStarter Design

Scholar Innovation

I2 Scholars will identify a passion and leverage their passion to Change the World. By placing their interests in the context of a need in the world, I2 Scholars will create a solution via a KickStarter project. Inspired by Autodesk, project development will follow the design process outlined below:

  • Year 1: Imagine
  • Year 2: Design
  • Year 3: Create
  • Year 4: Change

Scholar Enrichment

I2 Scholars will be exposed to a variety of enriching experiences such as targeted field trips, speakers, and hands-on labs. Enrichment activities are designed to expose I2 Scholars to a wide range of thought processes, innovation strategies, and passion driven projects as they progress through the program.

Scholar Service 

Facilitated by the SHC Service Learning team, I2 Scholars will work with peers across grade-levels to engage in a variety of service activities. I2 Scholars will identify a new area of service interest each semester, and in collaboration, embrace the “Enter to Learn, Leave to Service” mission of SHC.

Community Participation 

I2 Scholars embrace a mission of inquiry and innovation that all members of the SHC community can benefit from. Keeping this in mind, a portion of the I2 program resources are devoted towards initiatives grounded in the I2 mission, but open to all members of our community. Current initiatives include:

I2 Scholar Characteristics & Expectations

I2 Scholars are among our top applicants, displaying high academic achievement and exemplary standardized test scores. More importantly, an I2 Scholar embodies an intrinsic curiosity about the world and an awareness of the overlap between service and design. Keeping this in mind, I2 Scholars must:

  • Achieve at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a B average or higher Math and Science courses.
  • Maintain the highest standards of behavior as prescribed by the school.
  • Be models of curiosity, innovation and service for the entire SHC community.

I2 Scholar Quotes

“In a literal sense, the goal of the I2 Program is to build students up in a way that they learn to feel capable of achieving whatever it is that they have set their minds on.  We are encouraged to think creatively in a humbling working environment, as well as discover our strengths and weaknesses so that we may grow in such a way that we can ultimately accomplish our goals.  We are taught that in order to change the world, we must first take hold of our passions, and learn to develop these passions with time and effort.  Along with the continuous support we receive from our peers and from our instructors, this is made possible”. – Samantha Fisher, Class of 2017

“The I2 Program is a unique program that allows for the implementation of personal knowledge on a level that will affect a larger population. The I2 program is a way for my ideas to actually materialize and become something greater, that will help to fill a void or solve a problem that I feel has yet to be solved. I have a strong passion for cycling and through personal experience and I have found that protection of the body is being neglected. Earlier this year I fell during a routine training ride.This further increased my passion for a solution and I am currently trying to form ideas about how I can solve this problem.” – Tomas Saldana, Class of 2017

I2 Scholar Program Team

  • Dr. Ramsey Musallam. I2 Director, Honors/AP Chemistry Instructor, KickStarter Design Instructor
  • Mr. Dabney Standley. KickStarter Design Co-Instructor
  • Mr. Joe Murphy. Physics Instructor
  • Ms. Kate McFadden. English Instructor
  • Ms. Kathy Lorentz. TEDxYouth@SHC Co-Facilitator
  • Mr. Liam Carey. Vex Robotics Programming Coach
  • Ms. Julia Rinaldi. Scholar Service Coordinator

For more information please contact The Inquiry & Innovation Program Director Dr. Ramsey Musallam. Click here to access more specifics about the 2015-2016 schedule and individual I2 scholar progress. 

2014-15 I2 Photo Gallery