Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is proud of offer a robust STEM program from Junior Kindergarten through our Upper School STEM Honors Program.
The Lower School STEM curriculum seeks to develop critical thinking, computational thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills.
Junior Kindergarten through fifth-grade students visit the Think Tank weekly. During their visits, students are presented different challenges and work through the engineering process to build out their ideas. Students begin understanding the basics of computer science by participating in unplugged and plugged-in activities from Code.org, as well as the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop.
Through tinkering and experimenting, the students become problem solvers, builders, and inventors. Think Tank also focuses on higher-level technology skills such as coding, robotics, stop-motion animation, and more.
Fifth grade students are eligible to try out for the FLL Robotics team.
Middle School Technology includes an introduction to technology, design, engineering, and computer science. For students interested in STEM, these classes provide an opportunity for middle schoolers to begin learning important technology, design, and engineering concepts, while also getting hands-on exposure through project-based activities. The middle school curriculum introduces 3D modeling (3D design, CAD, 3D Printing), Innovation & Design (engineering & product development), computer science concepts (programming), and physical computing (smart devices, robotics, drones).
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Intro to Technology, Design & Engineering
This semester-long course introduces and exposes students to the exciting world of STEM. Students explore the digital realms of Computer Science, Digital Design, 3D Modeling, and Computer-Aided Design. Using the Engineering Design Process, students also explore the physical realms of Digital Fabrication, 3D Printing, Robotics, and hands-on engineering projects.
3D Modeling (Sketchup / TinkerCAD), 3D Printing, Digital Fab Innovation, Website Design, Intro to Coding with Robotics and Virtual Reality, Engineering Structures with Siege Machines
Technology & Robotics I
This semester-long course builds on the introductory topics covered in sixth grade. In some areas, students engage with the same tools but at a higher level of complexity, while in other areas they approach the topic with more advanced tools. Students start to go deeper into programming, computer aided design, robotics and physical computing, all while applying the Design Process.
Projects: Computer Aided Design (beyond Tinkercad), Intro to Physical Computing, Intro to Coding, and Robotics.
Foundations in STEM I
This semester-long course seeks to grow students' capacity for creativity, innovation, and learning from a technology and engineering perspective. Students develop and use problem-solving skills as they progress through the engineering design process. Working both individually and in groups, students will work to design, build, test, refine, and present innovative solutions to various challenges.
Projects: Computer Aided Design (beyond Tinkercad), Engineering Design Process, Introduction to engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, Electrical), Digital Fabrication.
Technology & Robotics II
This semester course builds on the topics covered in seventh grade. Students continue to pursue their passions with more open-ended projects that seek to combine computer aided design, programming, robotics, and embedded systems. Students may pursue a project pathway focused on computer science / programming and/or engineering mobile robotics.
Coding Projects: Intro to Java with App Development or Robotic programming
Robotics Projects: Engineering Complex Robotic Mechanisms
Foundations in STEM II
This semester-long course builds on the topics covered in seventh grade. Students will continue with a second part of foundations in STEM, learning additional engineering concepts with various design & build challenges focused on environmental, biomedical, and adventure engineering. The course culminates with a "Kickstarter" group project where students design, build, test, and market a new product based on an existing problem or community need.
Engineering Projects related to Energy & Environment, Bioengineering, and Adventure Engineering) ; Product Innovation with Kickstarter / Shark Tank
Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Upper School offers a comprehensive four-year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Honors Program. STEM is designed to help students learn to think critically and innovatively while formulating solutions to complex problems. The goal of the program is to develop students' God-given talents and prepare them to excel in future STEM-related majors and careers. STEM students have a natural curiosity for how things work and enjoy understanding how the STEM subjects interact with each other and can be applied to solving real-world problems. Successful students need to be able to develop their own ideas and designs as well as work effectively as team members.
After an introductory Foundations in STEM course freshman year, sophomores have the opportunity to choose from two STEM tracks: Engineering or Biomedical. The Engineering students are interested in pursuing a career related to one of the many engineering fields; the Biomedical students are interested in pursuing a career related to the medical, veterinary, or biotechnology field. Both tracks conclude with a capstone course, which includes an internship and a research component. Each STEM course is an honors-level course. The courses are academically challenging and move at an accelerated pace.
In order to become a STEM honors graduate, students must earn 32 credits. Of these, students are expected to enter Upper School with at least one credit in Physical Science, one credit in Algebra I, and one credit in a World Language. Students are encouraged to complete the half-credit Health requirement over a summer. In addition to meeting the non-STEM graduation requirements, students must also complete a minimum of five mathematics courses, six science courses with a minimum of four courses at the honors or AP level, and four STEM courses. Upon successful completion of this program, students are distinguished as STEM Honors Graduates, which is indicated on their diploma and transcript.
- Foundations in STEM
- Engineering Honors
- Biomedical Science Honors
- Robotics Honors
- Engineering/Biomedical STEM Capston
Foundation in STEM is designed to help students realize their potential in STEM-related careers. Students learn and utilize the engineering design process in order to use their God-given talents to solve real-world problems. The activities throughout this course require students to think critically, work cooperatively in teams, and to be innovative. Students are provided challenging problems related to civil, electrical, mechanical, environmental, chemical, computer, and biomedical engineering. Students solve these challenging problems using their own ideas and designs throughout this hands-on, project-based course.
This course focuses on foundational elements within the vast field of engineering. Initial focus takes students through the width and breath of engineering while beginning to formulate where each students’ interests lie within the field. Students learn what needs to be in the basic toolbox of every engineer and why. Continued study focuses on understanding and applying the engineering design process to every application, study, and project that is pursued.
Biotechnology is a single source for both the background information and the laboratory experience that help to develop skills used in molecular biology labs. Not only are laboratory skills taught, but also critical thinking of the effects of biotechnology on society, including the bioethical implications of new developments. Real-world applications of biotechnology are also discussed throughout the text, and careers are explored that focus on all aspects of the biotechnology industry, from sales and marketing to research and development (R&D).
Robotics Honors invokes a hands-on advancement in the utilization of robotic theory and application. This course pursues quantitative elements of mechanical and electrical engineering focused on robotic application. This includes documentation and programming as well as the design elements. Course work reviews the history of robotics, career possibilities, engineering design process, programming, and integration of robotic movements.
This capstone course focuses on utilizing a student’s entire STEM education. It requires harnessing the high school STEM education into two primary entities. The first is attaining an internship with an approved existing corporation. The second element involves completing an approved, detailed project further displaying the student’s STEM expertise. This course provides an opportunity to display and experience first-hand a career within the field of technology.