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 STEM Academy, part of WestminsterYOU, is a project-based guild empowering students to change the world for Jesus Christ by using problem-solving. Through a synergy of disciplines, students will learn more about God and His creation so that they can have a positive impact on our world and others. This program develops key 21st Century skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
Our goal is to:
- Connect students to industries and provide them with opportunities they wouldn’t typically have access to.
- Create a space for people with different backgrounds and expertise to work together towards a common goal.
- Raise awareness of significant local or global issues and develop creative solutions using cutting-edge technology.
- Work with colleagues/institutions/schools to explore sites locally and abroad.
- Provide students with unique training from industry professionals, helping to gain real-world experience and encouraging them to become future leaders in their field.
- Utilize our gifts, talents, and blessings to positively impact our world and others.
- Help those around to grow closer in their relationship with Jesus.
Westminster seeks to expose students to various experiences and activities through learning by doing. This approach provides valuable opportunities to discover and integrate a biblical worldview into the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In Middle School, students have two separate tracks to receive a distinction from the STEM Academy. Students can also participate in AV Club and/or Robotics.
STEM carries on in Upper School with four distinct tracks for students to work through: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Each track has set requirements for graduation distinctions such as required math and science courses, commitments to robotics or AV club, and to give presentations at a STEM Symposium.
- STEM 7 & 8
STEM 7 and STEM 8 begin with Communication and the Problem-Solving Process. Students become more effective communicators of their ideas while working to solve complex problems and accomplish a common goal.
- STEM 7
STEM 7 has five unique Projects, including one which has students designing and running an experiment onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
- STEM 8
STEM 8 has five different Projects culminating in “The WCA Regatta,” a sporting-engineering event that challenges participants to create and navigate a worthy vessel made from nothing but cardboard and duct tape. Each boat requires one human to captain their craft one length of the pool for time. The times, boat names, and team members are archived.
- Ocean Discovery I "Reefs and Remote Monitoring"
Students will discover the fields of Marine Biology and Ocean Engineering through an educational and environmental experience. They will also explore the world of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and their uses to monitor ocean conditions.
- Intro to Coding Websites
Intro to Coding Websites connects students to the more-accessible coding languages that all professionals in the tech field recommend learning first. Using CodePen, they will build a website of their choice one piece at a time, while progressing through each unit.