GCS students explore science, technology, engineering and math through innovative STEM projects starting in elementary school, with advanced opportunities at the upper school levels.

Elementary STEM Program

The GCS Elementary curriculum allows our students to explore the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math with fun and engaging projects incorporated into everyday learning.

Students develop their God-given creative and innovative talents in conjunction with critical thinking and logical-analytical processing through various STEM lab projects. Our focus is to offer learning opportunities that foster critical thinking and problem solving. We use a hands-on approach which requires students to utilize 21st Century skills. This program builds a foundation that supports STEM education in middle school and high school at GCS.

Enrichment Program STEM Camps

After school and summer STEM camps engage our elementary students with a focused introduction to the engineering design process and a foundational approach to coding. Activities and videos are age- and grade-appropriate, aimed at sparking students’ creative logical thought processes and critical thinking skills. Students complete activities that challenge their individual skills and abilities, while encouraging collaboration and teamwork.

Middle & High School STEM Electives

Our upper level students can develop their God-given creative and innovative talents through the GCS STEM program. Our STEM curriculum is designed to help evolve students’ critical thinking and logical-analytical processing skills.

GCS STEM courses are project-based and approached through a Christian perspective on ethical usage of technology. Students can engage in the engineering design process through real-world challenge projects, or explore the world of coding with hands-on programming projects. Our STEM program also provides students opportunities to improve their proficiency in software applications and keyboarding.

Explore STEM Courses

Advanced Functions and Modeling

  • STEM, Math, Career Technical Education
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Grades: 11th, 12th

Advanced Function & Modeling is a junior/senior level class. Course includes analyzing data, applying probability concepts and using functions to model and solve problems. By the conclusion of AFM, students will be expected to express data using graphical, algebraic, numerical and other representations, thereby building fluency in mathematical languages.

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Electronics 101

  • E
  • STEM
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course advances the students’ knowledge of electronics and introduces them to other electronic components such as inductors, Op-Amps, FETs and Integrated Circuits (ICs). They will learn what key parameters are important in component selection and application that require these special parameters. They will also gain some exposure to resources to investigate component validity for applications and how to read datasheets.

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Introduction to Coding

  • E
  • STEM
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course would introduce students to writing and generating code in C, and Python. Students would learn fundamentals of coding structure, how the code is interpreted by machines, and the importance of proper coding practices.

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Introduction to Robotics

  • E
  • STEM
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course introduces students to an overview of robot mechanisms, dynamics, and intelligent controls. Students will see examples of robotics applications and create their own robots.

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Manufacturing Technology

  • E
  • STEM
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will learn about various types of manufacturing technology and experiment with 3D printing.

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Marine Biology

  • E
  • STEM, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Seventy percent of the surface of Earth is covered by ocean, which includes 97% of one of our most precious resources-water. Forty percent of the human population lives within 100km of the coast yet we know more about the moon than the sea. This one semester elective course focuses on oceanography which is all the chemical and physical features of the oceans that in turn affect biological features of the ocean. We also look at the various marine organisms and ecosystems as well as explore our environmental impacts on the ocean. This course involves several small projects, a dissection and other lab investigations. Gen. 1: 21 ” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves …and God saw that it was good.”

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Mousetrap/Wild Wheels/Skateboard Science

  • E
  • STEM, Science
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Linear, rotational, reciprocating and oscillating motion learned through creating mousetrap cars and/or other wheeled vehicles. Analyze and predict the motion of objects, devices and systems, and understand the forces that act on them. Design, build, and test a mousetrap racer.

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STEM

  • E
  • STEM
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Are you a creative, critical-thinker? Do you enjoy finding solutions to problems? Are you interested in technology and exploring science? If so, you might enjoy taking a STEM Elective class. STEM, or STEAM, will incorporate hands-on engineering design challenges while exploring the latest in various fields of science. If you are looking for a way to be creative and learn about science and engineering, this program is for you!

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STEM (Grades 1-5)

  • STEM, Career Technical Education
Grades: Elementary

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you…In his hand is the life of everything and breath of all mankind” Job 12:7ff. God’s creation teaches how he is related to all of life.

The GCS Elementary STEM program is based on principles of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students develop their God-given creative and innovative talents through various STEM lab projects. Our focus is to offer learning opportunities that foster critical thinking, logical-analytical processing, and problem solving skills. We use a hands-on approach which requires students to utilize 21st Century skills. The program offers new learning avenues in fun ways for students, while building a foundation to support STEM education in middle and high school.

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Technology 1

  • E
  • STEM
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course introduces students to the basic components of electronics: Resistors, Capacitors, Diodes, Transistors. It covers the basic operation and some common applications.

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Technology 2

  • E
  • STEM
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is an introduction to robotics. Students will receive an overview of robot mechanisms, dynamics, and intelligent controls. Topics will include electronics, mechanics, and system integration.

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Website Design

  • E
  • STEM
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course will introduce students to the basics of website development.

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