Nathaniel Smart designs pharmaceutical manufacturing processes for CRB Consulting Engineers. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since graduating from Illinois State Univerisity in 2010 with a degree in chemistry. His resume includes 3M’s drug delivery systems division, serving as a subject-matter expert for 3M’s chromatography data system and laboratory information management system, and a small laboratory where he was director of chemistry.
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.
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
Back in 2010, a group of Westminster students formed a club as an outlet to explore their collective interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). In 2011, several members reshaped this group into a fledgling robotics team, choosing to join the First Robotics Competition community in 2011. Team 4256, also known as the Cyborg Cats, was born. Today, the team includes over 80 student engineers. As the Cyborg Cats continue to evolve, their purpose remains the same; they strive to use robotics as an agent of community improvement and a canvas for self-expression.