Our k-12 STE(A)M program facilitates innovative hands-on learning experiences through 3-D Modeling, Computer Programming, and Design. We are creative problem solvers, inventors, and explorers eager to solve the biggest challenges.
Meet the STE(A)M Team
Our team is passionate about kids! We strive to provide fun, engaging experiences in and out of the classroom. Our mission is to facilitate create and analytical thinking, foster complex communication, and sharpen students' character in an open and collaborative environment.
Pictured here is the STE(A)M lab at Maranatha Academy.
Mr. Derrick Andries
Upper School STE(A)M Teacher & Strategist
Miss Grace Coughlin
Lower School STE(A)M Teacher
Mr. Evan Handrick
Upper School STE(A)M Teacher & Program Director
Ms. Stacy Huether
STE(A)M & Learning Commons Specialist
Mr. Samuel Mayes
Upper School Science Teacher & Department Head
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.
To create change and make a difference takes courage. The STE(A)M lab provides the ideal space to explore this valuable idea.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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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