On January 24, while half of the junior class was on retreat, the other half participated in MCA's second annual Junior STREAM Day, a day of exploration and hands-on activities with organizations that utilize science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in their day-today operations. Students were able to see forensic chemistry, marine engineering, pharmacy, civil engineering, food science, design, horticulture, nursing, civil engineering, and more at work in the real world. Students also experienced the joy and wonder of God’s creation through interactive experiences with nature, marine biology, and astronomy, to name a few.

STREAM Day students divided into groups based on their personal preferences from six available opportunities. The following day, these students visited The National WWII Museum to explore artifacts, archives, and oral histories of World War II.

For those on retreat, an overnight trip to the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center included activities centered on friendship, unity, and spirituality. Next week the groups will flip. The students on retreat will participate in Junior STREAM Day and visit The National WWII Museum and the STREAM Day students will enjoy their retreat.


GROUP ONE

AM: Pharmacy Museum and Bevolo Gas and Electric Light Museum
PM: New Orleans Glassworks + Printmaking Studio

After a guided tour of the Pharmacy Museum, the group walked to Bevolo Gas and Electric Light Museum to work with a coppersmith.  After lunch, they traveled to the New Orleans School of Glassworks to make their own art while watching glassblowing and torchworking demonstrations.


GROUP TWO

AM: Flood Protection Authority
PM: Audubon Nature Center

Students engaged in discussions about the technology that protects our city from major flooding with engineers at the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier. They also visited the Audubon Nature Center for a private planetarium show and spent time exploring the Nature Trails.


GROUP THREE

AM: Jefferson Parish Crime Lab
PM: Pigeon Catering

At the JPSO Crime Lab, students enjoyed a tour followed by a discussion and Q&A session with a forensic chemist. In the afternoon, they visited two different sites operated by Pigeon Caterers/Carnival Brands to learn about commercial food production (preparation, cooking, large-scale recipe production, refrigeration, sanitation, etc.).


GROUP FOUR

AM: LSU Nursing School
PM: UNO School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Students visited LSU Nursing School where they were able to interact with nursing students in the patient simulator lab. Students were able to go through the steps of delivering a baby in the lab. At the UNO School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, they discussed the different types of engineering and learned about specific projects happening at UNO’s School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.


GROUP FIVE

AM: Longue Vue House and Gardens
PM: LSU Medical School

This group began their day at Longue Vue with a tour of the historic home and gardens. While touring the gardens, they learned about horticulture and landscape architecture. In the afternoon, they toured LSU School of Medicine and helped save the life of a simulated patient, a high-tech medical mannequin, in the school’s lab.


GROUP SIX

AM: Xavier Pharmacy School
PM: Aquarium of the Americas

At Xavier Pharmacy School, students received an in-depth look at what the field of pharmacy has to offer. After lunch, enjoyed a tour of the Aquarium of the Americas.