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.
Students in K-8 have a weekly computer class that provides opportunities to learn applications and use them in projects and classwork. They also have lessons in computer science curriculum each year.
A pre-engineering program is part of the science curriculum for students in grades six, seven, and eight. The middle school program includes computer aided drafting to create blueprints for projects and 3D printing, design and programming VEX robotics, and digital electronics.
Students in grades K-6 have a weekly STEM class and challenges of varying degree and interest. 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, Dash, Lego We Do, K’nex, Lego Spike Prime, Ozobots, Cubelets, and Vex.
Four-year preschool offers a makerspace day each month to explore thinking and creating with BeeBots, Dash, Ramps and Balls, Wind Tunnels, and other building and coding systems.
Rounding out the STEM 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.