Academic Options

STEM in Middle School

Westminster’s middle school STEM course, required for all 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 processes of each of the course’s four project-based units, in which students are assigned to construct a rocket, a CO2 dragster, an underwater robot, and a cardboard chair (with no adhesives) sturdy enough to support an adult. This course develops key 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.

Upper School Electives

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. In 2014, Westminster was the first private school in Missouri to receive college credit certification from PLTW. Sequential classes introduce students to 3D printing, engineering programming, and civil engineering architecture. Special projects allow students the opportunity to challenge themselves and learn new concepts.

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
  • Principles of Engineering (POE)
  • Engineering Design (CAD)
  • Applied Scientific Research (ASR)
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)

View our 2018-19 Course Selection Guide for full descriptions of each class

For students interested in adding a STEM major to their coursework, view STEM Major Criteria for 2018