WHAT IS MPCS STEAM?

Project-based learning provides context to any academic discipline, elevating students’ appreciation and evaluation of the material they are learning. When the topics are science and mathematics, the usefulness of technology and engineering is revealed at the point where creativity and innovative thinking occur. Students of all ages benefit from this type of STEM/STEAM study.
 
A growing body of research suggests the enterprise of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) as a transdisciplinary subject can be advanced and enhanced by systematically infusing it with creative design or "Arts." Such an approach is known as STEAM. Mount Paran Christian School makes use of both STEM and STEAM approaches in educational methodology.
 

MPCS STEAM

EXPLORING EQUALS DISCOVERY

MPCS is intent on providing relevant educational experiences that leave lasting impressions on students’ minds and hearts, instilling durable knowledge. Our goal is to equip students with skills and tools to engage the culture and workforce of the twenty-first century.  

From preschool through high school, each division has initiated an aligned action plan that serves to develop students in STEM/STEAM disciplines. With K-12 Project Lead The Way® curriculum, learning experiences are authentic, hands-on, and application-oriented. Students are engaged as investigators, experimenters, designers, and makers. MPCS is proud to be an official Project Lead The Way® school!

STEAM projects at MPCS

As a Christian school, we honor students’ inquisitive nature to explore and discover the created world (Psalm 111:2). We nurture their ability to design and create new and innovative solutions to authentic problems. In this way, students are trained both to uncover that which has never been known about our world, while creating and innovating a newly-designed environment that has yet to exist (Exodus 35:30-35).

Middle School Building Project

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Eagle Robotics at MPCS

Eagle Robotics

High School

Eagle Robotics engages a diverse group of students with a unified desire to develop their God-given talents and abilities in STEM/STEAM, while honoring God with a balance of professionalism, service, and infectious joviality.

Varsity and junior varsity robotics teams compete in the FTC (FIRST® Tech Challenge) national robotics competitions, engineering for a specific robot and "game" each year. The FIRST® program inspires innovation and leadership challenges created to ignite curiosity and passion in students and develop skills necessary for futures in engineering-related fields. Learn more about Eagle Robotics teams and competitions.

Eagle Robotics
Middle School

MPCS offers Middle School Robotics FLL (FIRST® LEGO® League) for grades 6-8. The challenge applies LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technologies for robot design using STEAM. The FLL season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments. 

Lower School

FLL Jr. (FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.) for grades 2-5 is designed to introduce younger children to the fun and excitement of solving problems with STEAM.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY:

“I was afforded the unique opportunity of an externship with a local hospital’s anesthesiology department, where I was first introduced to my future career. This exposure allowed me to be far ahead of my peers in pursuing medicine. And, by playing sports, serving as class chaplain, and participation in Key Club, I learned firsthand what it means to be a servant-leader."

-Dr. A. Anderson '11

Free Preschool STEAM classes