Center for Advanced Technologies
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The Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) is a public magnet program in St. Petersburg, Florida, attached to Lakewood High School and part of the Pinellas County Schools district. Its primary focus is mathematics, science, and technology. It is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In its May 28 issue, Newsweek magazine ranked CAT at 24 in its 2007 list of the top 100 high schools in the nation. In 2010, CAT moved up to #15 in Newsweek magazine's list of top 100 high schools.
It opened in 1990 with both freshman and sophomore students. In 1991, its own building was completed on the west side of campus on the site of the previous bus circle. In 1993, the initial sophomore class of seven students graduated. In 1994, first four-year class graduated with forty-three members.
Every year, students must apply to enter the CAT program. Approximately 150 students enter into the program each year.
The focus of the CAT program is science and technology and thus all math and science classes are taught by CAT faculty. The rest of the students honors curriculum is provided by the traditional high school. This results in integration with traditional honors students. However, there are separate valedictorians and salutatorians.
Since the county schools are soon requiring the middle school students to choose their majors by Freshman year, CAT's major would be Math, Science and Technology.
For the first time ever, 2007-2008 CAT is going to have an Algebra I class. It has been added to the curriculum to make up for the inadequate schooling in the math/science department prior to high school.
The CAT network assistants help the network administrator, Louis Zulli Jr. in upgrading and repairing all technology aspects of the CAT program. They also maintain the internal and external web sites (Catnip & External CAT).
CATNIP, the Center for Advanced Technologies News and Information Project, is the internal website for CAT. As of June 19, 2008, CATNIP 8 was launched, making use of new technologies in Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). In addition to the traditional student and teacher portals, a brand new parent portal was released and then brought off-line  in February 2009, allowing parents to view student's classes, ask questions, and gain other information.
Heatwave 312 Robotics
The CAT program is also home to Heatwave, the school's robotics team. Heatwave participates in the FIRST robotics competitions, and has ranked in the top 3 in the nation. Heatwave is primarily sponsored by Baxter Healthcare. Students build the robot in Baxter's machine shop. Mr. Paul Dickman supervises Heatwave.
History of Heatwave:
- 1996 (then U.S.FIRST) Lakewood was paired with Raytheon E-Systems. They finished 2nd, losing by inches, at the Nationals.
- 1997 Heatwave finished 2nd to the eventual National Champs, Beatty, at the Chicago Regional.
- 1998 Heatwave finished 6th at the Nationals as well as 6th at the Motorola Regional.
- 1999 At FIRST, Heatwave is at Kennedy Space Center Regional, Heatwave is in 4th Place
The Center for Advanced Technologies Communications, CATCOM, a video production class and club a part of the program, produces a daily in-house 25 minute news program known as "Fast Forward". They also produce award winning segments, known as "Fox ThirTEEN Magazine," for the local Fox affiliate. CATCOM has won numerous Student Emmys for its work.. Mark Granning, the former head and creator of CATCOM Studios retired in 2008. In dedication of Mark Granning's work, CATCOM studios name was changed to Mark W. Granning Studios.
During the 2006-2007 school year, the 1st and 2nd editions of the CAT Newsletter were created. As of early 2008, CAT5 has taken on a new look, favoring a blog-style in order to keep up with and take advantage of new and advancing technologies. The blog can be accessed from here. It is unfortunately no longer updated as of the 09-10 school year however due to the daily schedule being changed, and the time during the day in which it was worked on being removed during the new school year.
- Official CAT Website
- CAT Parent Portal
- Official CATCOM Website
- St Petersburg Times Article about Heatwave