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Opus Hall STEM Center Renovation

Match Met! Help us finish off our wishlist including a universal laser cutter and vinyl cutter. 

The match was generously offered by Theresa and John Cosgriff, parents of Lucy, a 6th grader at Visitation Middle School. 

From our youngest learners to seniors ready to launch into the world, the OPUS Hall STEM Center encourages Visitation students to try new things, to build a variety of projects, stretch their critical thinking skills, collaborate with others and dream!

Visitation School Opus Hall STEM Center is utilized by all three divisions during the school day and after school. Science at Visitation is inquiry-based, allowing students to creatively explore the world around them and effectively solve problems. Students gain a number of valuable life skills in their science courses. They develop a deeper curiosity about natural and human-made phenomena; gain the skills to safely handle equipment and technology; master the methods of scientific inquiry; develop an understanding of proper experimental design; and much more--all alongside our master science faculty. 

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Girls’ schools are leading the way in STEM education for women in the world. Graduates of girls’ schools are six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology and three times more likely to consider engineering compared to girls who attended coed schools.

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Did you know? 45% of the Visitation class of 2023 indicated they would pursue a STEM degree in college. 

Girls’ schools are leading the way in STEM education for women in the world. Research tells us it’s for a variety of reasons, but most notably, it’s that students at girls’ schools have an unlimited number of STEM role models. Research findings note it’s beneficial and powerful for girls, in particular, “to see it in order to be it.” So when every student in advanced calculus and physics or on the esports team is a girl, then every other girl at the school gets the clear message they can excel in those areas.

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Due to increased interest, Visitation Lower School will offer three LEGO Robotic teams for boys and girls in grades 3-5 in the 23-24 school year. 

The renovated Opus Hall STEM Center updates include

  • Completed during the 2022-23 school year
    • A larger work space which has naturally created collaboration among the robotics teams across divisions in addition to functional classroom space for students.
    • New tables and stools for collaboration space
    • Smart Board with projector
  • Completed during the summer of 2023
    • Updated flooring to create better robot surfaces 
    • Storage for projects, tools and supplies
    • Re-wiring the power supplies in lab space to all be fully operational

How to give? 
Match your contribution dollar for dollar!

  • Online - See giving form below
  • Venmo - @visitationschool  
  • Stock or donor advised fund - call Laura Farrell at 651-683-1782
  • Check, mail to 2455 Visitation Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Wish List

  • Universal Laser Cutter with BOFA Filter so it can be moved to classrooms. (Cost is $40-$50K)
  • Vinyl cutter and tools (Cost is $20K)
  • Designated computers laser and vinyl cutters
  • Shop Vac
  • Soldering irons
  • Thumb drives
  • Basic Tool Kits (hammers, screw driver, hex wrenches, drill, drill bits etc)
  • Cardboard cutter
  • Glue Guns
  • Safety Glasses
  • Heat Press for making T-shirts/decals

Opus Hall Stem Center Renovation

Using the STEM Center

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