Practicing applying math, science, and technology concepts to solve real-world problems through a biblical worldview.
Below are just a few of the projects happening in the STEM enrichment classes at Open Door Christian School.
Our STEM program ignights a curiosity for discovering more about God's creation. This is accomplished through in-depth scientific study, engineering design challenges, long-term project experience, and age-appropriate use of technology.
Failure is expected and even embraced as students learn to problem solve and optimize solutions. STEM is about trying and learning and trying again.
We look at God's creation and identify new patterns, relationships, or new ways of doing things in a way of offering our gifts to help others. We foster engineering design by finding new ways to apply knowledge and experience.
Engineering and scientific successes are built through collaboration and communication. Teamwork is an essential component of our STEM program as students learn how to work with others to achieve a common goal. We also strive to collaborate with the community and STEM professionals to bring real-world applications and experience into the classroom.
High Altitude Balloon Launch
Students at Open Door Christian School are about to embark on an epic adventure. They will spend the next few months learning about atmospheric science and then launch a high-altitude balloon to the edge of the stratosphere!
The 5th and 6th graders will construct a payload that will take video footage and weather data of the 100,000 ft journey while also carrying a science experiment to be voted on by the entire student body. The launch day will occur around the beginning of May.
Motorized Wheelchair Project
The 4th grade students are constructing a motorized wheelchair to help a child in need. In STEM, we learn that engineers solve problems to help people. In this spirit, we are being the hands and feet of Christ while using our skills to bless others. Part of the project includes printing parts using our 3D printer.
Our 2021 Science Fair provided students in 3rd-6th grades with the opportunity to showcase their scientific inquiry, skills, and interests.
The Science Fair takes place every other year.
Best of Show - Kollin Green
1st Place (5th-6th)- Kylie Pruitt
2nd Place (5th-6th)- Hayden Hearne
1st Place (3rd-4th)- Kollin Green
2nd Place (3rd-4th)- Ean Arrell
People's Choice - Carson Harper
The 4th-6th grade students participated in a design competition to plan a school garden. Students learned about plant growing needs, plant spacing, irrigation, and volume calculations. Submissions included a detailed design sketch of the garden layout, a budget sheet, and a short essay about their garden design. The winning design made by 6th grader Raylie Seyler included a great use of space and resources for growing vegetables, flowering plants, and herbs. Her plans will aid in bringing the raised bed garden to life at Open Door in the spring of 2021.
Part of the garden will be used to implement a science experiment through Tomatosphere. This program will allow students from kindergarten through 6th grade to plant, nurture, and make scientific observations of tomato seeds that were flown in space. The data will be submitted to the First Seed Foundation who will use the information to inform future human space flight missions.
The 2nd grade students completed a two-month-long project learning about biomes, ecosystems, and animal habitats. They then used the engineering design process to create an animal habitat that provided for all of their animals' needs.
We used a green screen to record the students presenting their projects so that it appeared as though they were talking from inside their animal habitats! Parents were able to watch their child's presentations when their projects were on display during the science fair.
Habits of Mind
In the early elementary grades, the STEM program focuses on building up foundational skills that include optimism, persistence, collaboration, creativity, conscientiousness, and systems thinking. Weekly science, technology, and engineering activities provide opportunities to practice these disciplines and gain exposure to principles that will be developed in later years.