Cambridge Christian School gets $10,000 MIT grant to invent red-tide detector

Cambridge Christian School was chosen as only one of eight academic institutions in the country to receive a prestigious $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Grant for young inventors. Our STEM department and MOSES invention is making waves!! Thank you ABC Action News, Tampa Bay for...

STEM PROGRAM UPDATES!

The summer of 2021 saw change and growth in CCS’ STEM program. We reviewed each of our course offerings with an eye to academic, vocational, and experiential alignment of all content. Our goal was to meet the National Science Teaching Association’s definition of exemplary STEM education:

“STEM education is an experiential learning pedagogy in which the application of knowledge and skills are integrated through in-context projects or problems focused on learning outcomes tied to the development of important college and career readiness proficiencies.” 

– National Science Teaching Association 

 

Course Alignment Goals

ALL CCS STEM COURSES DEMONSTRATE SUPPORT OF ONE OR MORE OF OUR ALIGNMENT GOALS:


1) College

Gives college credit or improves chances for 4-year college  acceptance


2) Career

Provides workforce skills or culminates in certification that supports internships or jobs


3) Competition

Aligns closely with an established, well-recognized competition or grant


4) Community

Conducted in partnership with a community agency, company, partnering sponsors or alumni


5) Curiosity

An introduction to STEM, cross-departmental course or an on-ramp for wider STEM student populations

STEM COURSE offerings 2021-2022

  • Middle School Explorations of Communications Technology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Digital Design
  • Journalism/Yearbook
  • How Things Work: Engineering Principles
  • Cyber Security 
  • Ethical Hacking
  • AP Computer Science Principles

2021 - 2022 STEM PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Students who take STEM electives automatically earn their activity hours so long as they maintain STEM elective minimum GPA.
  • Removing the requirement for taking a STEM elective to be in STEM allows motivated students to participate as an extracurricular activity. STEM activity hours per year become the benchmark for participation. 
  • “Tracks” are eliminated in favor of aligning all courses to one or more categories: College, Career, Competition, Community, Curiosity

Vision in Action

Exciting project-based learning, computer science studies, digital design, and invention prototyping

The high school course “How Things Work: Engineering Principles” is a robust example of alignment and opportunity for students.

There are two How Things Work classes, each of which uses hands-on design and prototyping to illustrate engineering concepts. The Main Track completed research, design, prototyping and testing of athletic shoes, from casted soles to fabric uppers. Students were challenged to research a sport of interest, study tread types, measure and model the biomechanics of a foot, and use clay, polyurethane, canvas, adhesives and more to complete a full, wearable shoe. This type of fabrication class gives insight into athletics-based engineering careers and increases the likeliness that students will be favorably viewed as college applicants.

The InvenTeams Track focused on researching and designing a single, year-long invention with guidance from invention educators and curriculum from the Lemelson-MIT Foundation. The students met weekly over the summer and worked hard all first quarter to complete technical specifications for a small marine vessel capable of autonomous navigation while collecting sensor data along the route. Students intend to continue designing and fabricating a prototype with the goal of attaining intellectual property for this invention.

This type of invention-based class is run in tandem with an established nonprofit, increases college acceptance chances, and provides workforce prototyping skills.