Maranatha Christian Academy International K-12 Private Christian School

The vision of the STEM and Robotics Program is to create an open and collaborative environment for students to practice the engineering process. Students engage in open-ended projects, exploration, experimentation, and innovation through hands-on learning experiences. Students work with a variety of technologies including laser engraving, 3D printing, CNC, and electronics. Students are challenged with a variety of projects that test their problem-solving, resourcefulness, and critical thinking skills.

 

Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

Students can take elective classes like Design and Modeling, Lego Programming, and Design Lab.

These hands-on courses focus on the design process and have students working together and creating a variety of design and engineering projects. Students design and create their own tabletop games, use CAD software to create 3-D objects, program and test Lego robots, and use everyday objects to design different prostheses for animals. Communication, teamwork, brainstorming, and problem-solving are a central part of our work in these courses.

High School Students (Grades 9-12)

Students in high school can take part in classes like Computer science, Computer Design (3D Modeling and Printing), Graphic Design, and be a part of our after-school competitive robotics teams.

Our computer science class works with electronic microcontrollers to complete different projects. As these projects are completed students learn about the function and physics of Electricity and electronic components. Students learn the basics of the programming language C++ and complete different coding challenges. Some of the projects we work on include building and programming a traffic light, Creating a digital trumpet, a Motion alarm, and programming an LCD.

Computer design students work in a professional engineering software called SolidWorks. Students work at their own pace to complete a series of projects that will guide them in learning design and modeling in SolidWorks™ (CAD). Students who take the class are eligible to take an exam at the end of the year and potentially get certified, but this is not guaranteed. Students in Computer Design work with rapid prototyping tools such as 3D printers, Laser Engravers, and CNC machines.

Currently, we have two after-school competitive robotics teams. Students work with different STEM professionals as their coaches to build and program a robot from scratch. Each year there are different goals and objectives to complete and teams compete with different teams in the state and potentially the World if they win many tournaments. Students learn engineering and technology skills from professionals and also complete different outreach projects.