The purpose of the science and engineering department is to enable students to become more knowledgeable about the works of an all-knowing God, to be more fully awed by the works of an awesome God, and to become more responsible in the care, use, and application of the works of an all-providing God. Science is the process of systematically investigating God’s creation.
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.
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 2017-18 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 2017
Westminster Scientists Participate in STARS • Christian Schools International, September 2017
Missouri S&T Team Wins International Mars Rover Competition (Westminster alumnus James Zandstra ’13 served as team’s chief technology officer) • Missouri S&T News, June 2017
Westminster Student Receives Distinguished Achievement Award in Science • Town and Country Patch, April 2017
Westminster Students Excel on American Chemical Society Exams • Town and Country Patch, April 2017
Westminster Student Top Scorer on Regional Chemistry Exam • Town and Country Patch, March 2016
Bulletin Board: Robotics in the News • West Newsmagazine, January 2016