STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in the ways that students learn most effectively. STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning. 

Aerospace Field Trip STEM


Through our STEM program, we strive to inspire our students to:


  • DISCOVER their Passion
    • We stimulate interest in STEM by constantly challenging girls and boys uniquely through research based teaching practices.

  • GROW in Confidence
    • We foster confidence and self-esteem in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics areas through care and collaboration, as well as through activity and competition.

  • ENGAGE in Real-world Opportunities
    • We offer real world co-ed opportunities through mentoring programs and partnerships with local STEM organizations. (Aerospace, Boeing, Raytheon, YouTube, Northrop Grumman, and Google are just some of our neighbors!)

  • LEAD into their Career
    • We work to prepare more women, men, and minority students to successfully pursue STEM majors in college and beyond in order to improve America’s ability to compete in the global economy.
  • Engineering and Robotics Team
    • Our Engineering and Robotics Team has a designated robotics studio, where they can run tests and practice engineering challenges.
  • Aerospace STEM Summit
    • In this annual event, 30-40 St. Bernard High School students are nominated to mentor 80-100 middle school students as they complete an engineering challenge. The students design and test their projects under the guidance of employees from The Aerospace Corporation.
    • Projects have included balsa wood bridge building, and converting sound waves to light waves to play music via a laser beam.
  • STEM Speaker Series
    • Speakers so far have included: Heal the Bay, Air Force, The Aerospace Corporation, California Science Center, Ernst and Young Cybersecurity, and more.
  • Field trips to STEM events, local businesses, and natural spaces
    • Students have had the opportunity to tour both The Aerospace Corporation and Northrop Grumman. Recently, a group of students attended and participated in a Creative Coding Festival at UCLA. Students have also toured the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant in El Segundo, and have visited local beaches and tide pools to study marine ecosystems.
  • Marine Biology Lab with 8 aquariums
  • Chilton Fellowship Program
    • A cohort of students are mentored by alumnus General Kevin Chilton '72 and Maj. General Catherine Chilton through a yearly leadership retreat, college visits, and ongoing communication.
    • General Chilton has served in a variety of positions in his 35 year long career in the US Air Force, however, one of his most exciting deployments was outer space! A veteran of three space flights during 11 years at NASA, he was the pilot for the maiden voyage of the shuttle Endeavour.
General Chilton '72 Northrop Field Trip

As the only Catholic high school on Silicon Beach, we have a commitment to helping our students be ready for technology. Here are some features of our technology plan:

  • Ten 75" Interactive Displays with built in WIFI and touch screen capabilities
  • MakerSpace
  • Three 3D printers
  • Chromebook carts for use in classes
  • iPad carts for use in classes
  • Computer Lab
  • Projectors in every room
  • Google Apps for Education (G Suite) 
  • Google Classroom
  • Aeries for Grades
  • 300 mbs/second internet speed
Chromebooks Interactive Display
A MakerSpace is a place where students can create and make things that connect with learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). We are in our building phases of a new Makerspace where students can create for any and all their classes. While we have many materials to start, we welcome any clean, company overruns, up-cycled products such as: beads, paper, feathers, felt, pipe cleaners, dowels, stickers, jewels, markers, crayons, foam, thread, sticks, discs, plastic coins, duct tape, pom poms, yarn, rope, corks, skewers, cardboard tubes, lids, trays, boxes, slides, CDs, egg cartons, paperboard boxes, diskettes, wallpaper, soap, DVD cases, PVC pipe, game pieces, locking boxes, party decorations, bicycle wheel inner tubes, dustcovers, computer cables, cardboard, blank books, office organizers, fan blades, screws, shipping tubes, fabric samples, wood offcuts, trophy figurines, ball bearings, mylar sheets, tile, springs, tennis balls, rings, wire, pumps, end caps, wire spools, lumber, plywood, wood scraps (no paint or varnish), bamboo, pipe, rope, casters, pulleys, hooks, wood screws, corks, bottle caps, lids, cardboard tubes, keys, coins, #6 plastic, berry baskets, inner tubes, reusable shopping bags, pipe cleaners, fake flowers, wire, buttons, mechanized stuffed animals, small plastic toys, cars, wooden toys of any kind, balls of any size or material, tape, glue, hot glue sticks, paper clips, rubber bands, crayons and working markers. 
Thank you for making sure all items are clean, safe and in good working condition. 
MakerSpace MakerSpace

St. Bernard High School is continuously seeking partnerships with corporations in our local community, with the goal of providing even more opportunities to our students, such as internships and increased curricular offerings.

We aim to create a pipeline for well-prepared and confident STEM majors from high school to college.