STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM education allows students to take a more project-based approach in these areas by moving away from traditional, teacher-centered learning to more inquiry, problem solving, and exploratory learning. Language and communication skills play an important role in a STEM classroom as they work in small groups, whole groups, and project-based groups. STEM education equips students to be life-long learners through modeling many real-world project oriented tasks.
The STEM Lab has been an exciting feature for the lower school students with many devices to enhance the learning environment.
- an interactive SMART Board
- a classroom set of 25 iPads the students use in their labs and experiments
- a Myo armband to use for presentations
- A Makey Makey invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads that connect to the internet
- six digital microscopes that connect to the iPads
- engineering kits from the Boston Museum that allow the students to participate in a variety of engineering projects
- a 3D printer connection
Our STEM program is a combination of three strong curriculums - Foss, Delta, and Boston Museum of Science. Hands-on investigations include exploratory learning through utilizing the scientific method to question, form a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, record data, and come to a conclusion. Students also learn and utilize the engineering design process (ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve) to become scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians and to gain the knowledge they need for the future.
During each STEM Lab, we help students examine concepts and misconceptions in light of God’s perspective found in His Word. It is our task to bring together new information from such subjects as science, technology, engineering and math. Then we must align that information with God’s perspective in order to help our students not only view life coherently and biblically but also ultimately hold firmly to a personally accepted biblical philosophy of life.