Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
Westminster seeks to prepare and equip young men and women to engage the world and change it for Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is our desire to engage our students in a STEM curriculum that not only prepares them for further academic endeavors and the workplace, but allows our students to discover, experience, and integrate a biblical worldview in STEM-related fields.
The middle school STEM course, for 7th and 8th grade students, takes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to science, technology, engineering, and math. All of these disciplines are applied during the planning and design processes of each of the course’s project-based units. Past STEM units have included constructing items such as a rocket, a CO2 dragster, an underwater robot, cardboard boats, paper roller coasters, bridges, and cardboard furniture (with no adhesives) sturdy enough to support an adult. This course develops key 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving. It is our goal to stay current and relevant in our curriculum, so we continually examine and evaluate our curriculum to best meet the needs of our students.
Our Upper School curriculum allows students the opportunity to use the tools and skills they learn in math and science, in a problem/project-based curriculum. We have a creative God and it is our goal to promote the creativity of our students through hands-on projects, computer-aided design (CAD), and more. Students are given the opportunity to be problem-solvers and are expected to be able to express their solutions both in written form and orally.
Westminster offers a specialized engineering program for students interested in this particular field of study. The program utilizes curriculum supplied by national STEM program provider Project Lead the Way that allows students to receive dual credit for successfully completed courses. Sequential classes introduce students to industry standard design processes, 3D printing, CAD software, civil engineering & architecture, and environmental sustainability. Special projects allow students the opportunity to challenge themselves and learn new concepts.