STE(A)M Lab

Making today. Saving tomorrow.

About the STE(A)M Lab

The STE(A)M Lab is a place where imagination is alive, doers are encouraged to, well, do, and impactful innovation is everywhere. Here, we are passionate about providing creative opportunities for our students to openly and courageously explore. Upon entering, you will be welcomed by an open and inviting space, where people and ideas connect. While the lab is furnished with 3D printers, laser engravers, and high- and low-tech maker equipment, we believe the most powerful tool we equip our students with is the ability to creatively and critically think. In our rapidly changing world, an innovative mindset is paramount.

Maranatha Christian Academy Private Christian School STEAM Center
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Meet the Director

STE(A)M Director, Evan Handrick is a lifelong learner and passionate about providing students opportunities to learn new skills, develop a resilient mindset where failure is never final, and benefit from real-life experiences. Mr. Handrick’s passion is not limited to the STE(A)M Lab, he has helped acquire funding for a school garden, greenhouse, solar equipment, and a fabrication lab for the entire Maranatha community. All the while, building a strong and robust coalition of creative and inventive learners from students as young as pre-kindergarten to our most advanced learners in high school.

Evan Handrick first came to MCA 10 years ago as a middle school science teacher. After a two-year international teaching experience, Evan returned to champion STE(A)M education for Maranatha.

High School courses focus on design and modeling with engineering and graphic design software.

Middle School courses focus on hands-on learning and making.

Lower School courses focus on hands-on early computer programming.

What makes the STE(A)M Lab Special?

  • Flexible and Forgiving Learning

    Students are provided the freedom to explore their own learning, where they are encouraged to fail fast without fear, building confidence as they develop continuous solutions.

  • Inviting, Open Workspace

    An open and well-equipped space allows students to bring ideas to life.

  • Creating Change…Courageously

    To create change and make a difference takes courage. The STE(A)M lab provides the ideal space to explore this valuable idea.

  • Limitless Thinking

    Concepts planted in open minds grow into limitless ideas.

  • Collaboration and Ideation

    Sometimes you need to just get away! Small group spaces designed within the lab allow students to collaborate and incubate ideas.

  • Respect. Experience. Excel.

    Students excel with the respect and professionalism provided them in this space. We are all engineers here. We rise together.

  • Location. Location. Location.

    Fact: environments impact us. Providing an optimal space ensures and promotes thought and idea production.

Robotics

The STE(A)M Lab is proud to facilitate and support Maranatha’s competitive FIRST robotics teams. These after-school programs challenge the mind and heart in ways many of our students have never experienced until they become part of these team. We have three in-demand FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics teams for Grades 5-8  and two FIRST Tech Challenge teams for Grades 8-12. In addition, this year, we are adding a FIRST Lego League Jr. for students in grades 1-3. Over the last five years we have partnered with our competitive robotics program and have experienced unparalleled success. For questions and inquiries reach out to Evan Handrick at evan.handrick@mcamustangs.org.

STEM to STE(A)M - The long
and short of it.

Education ebbs and flows with different acronyms and languages every generation, every decade, every year. It can be exhausting and difficult to keep up. The short story of STEM to STEAM is the addition of the (A)rts which embraces creative human-centered designs and considerations to be a part of the mathematical, cerebral analysis which, at times, can be cold and distancing.

The longer story is that STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics - wonderfully embodied by robotics) came from a national push to excel in science and math as a nation in hopes to remain competitive in the global market. For educators, this emphasis is similar to the interdisciplinary activities and practices we strive to facilitate and maintain in a time of standardized test and standardizations. While these testing benchmarks are valuable, they may not be as valuable as the organic, natural growth of active and passionate learning which is not siloed in single serving subject areas. STEAM is integration, collaboration, analysis, creativity without walls and without barriers.

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