Mary Queen of Apostles School offers special programs to students in kindergarten through eighth grade connected to the curriculum. The programs are meant to develop interests, build problem solving and collaboration, integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and build on student strengths.
A pre-engineering program, Project Lead the Way from Rochester Institute of Technology, is part of the science curriculum for students in grades six, seven, and eight. The middle school program includes computer aided drafting and design, automation and robotics, and digital electronics.
Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade are offered semester and year-long activities as electives. These activities include newspaper, design technology, robotics, analog gaming, conductive sewing, coding, and more.
Students in the primary grades are coding in computer class. They are also coding using hands-on activities that promote the process, logic, and sequence of thinking a puzzle through multiple iterations. They use BeeBots, Puzzlets, Lego We Do, K'nex Programmables, and Code.org resources.
Four-year preschool offers a makerspace day each month to explore thinking and creating with BeeBots, Gearation, Magformers, and other building systems.
MQA now offers a Saturday Make Me a Maker six-week sessions twice a year for early learners with an adult. These sessions are for those 2 and a half through 5 years old.
Rounding out the STEAM curriculum component, MQA offers students extra-curricular opportunities to participate and compete in Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and First Lego League Robotics.