STEM Academy


Dates: July 14-18
Time: 9 am–3 pm
Grades: Students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grades in the fall of 2014
Cost: $300 by the "Early Bird" deadline (April 17, 2014); $350 after April 17, 2014
Lunch: lunch included

“STEM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students will explore the exciting ways innovations in technology are changing the way we learn and interact with science. This week will be project based, with activities and field trips that include, but are not limited to, exploration of robotics, video technology, and various forms of digital data collection and analysis. A heavy emphasis will be placed on the scientific method and student inquiry.

Instructor: Ramsey Musallam
Ramsey Musallam is an AP Chemistry teacher, Science Department Chair and Director of the Inquiry and Innovation Program at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory.

In addition to his responsibilities at SHC, Ramsey delivers keynotes, webinars and facilitates workshops for teachers nationally and internationally with a focus on using technology as a strategic classroom partner in designing learning environments grounded in inquiry fueled by student curiosity. Additionally, Ramsey is the host of the Infinite Thinking Machine, an internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” is widely popular with classroom teachers, and was the lead talk on TEDs first ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.”

Upon graduating from the University of California Davis with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ramsey went on to obtain a MA and Ed.D in Education from the University of San Francisco. Since graduating, Ramsey’s research interests have shifted from using Multimedia to manage student Cognitive Load, to a focus on harnessing Multimedia as a tool in cultivating student curiosity, inquiry and motivation.

“As a full-time high school science teacher and department chairperson, I am passionate about building and sharing innovative learning environments grounded in inquiry and guided by curiosity. Student questions can be windows into dynamic and tailored blended instruction, but not the other way around.” - Ramsey Musallam

Check out student blogs from the 2012 and 2013 STEM Academy at and
See first-hand how Ramsey guides the learning process in class and at home. 

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