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STEM+

STEM+
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Plus Enrichment

MVCS provides students with an innovative, hands-on, 21st century education from a thoroughly Biblical worldview. In order to tap into the God-given potential that lies within every student, we go beyond traditional education methods and engage students in a technology rich environment where real-world applications foster innovation, exploration, and imagination. Project based learning brings the classroom alive.
 
MVCS’s STEM+ education purposefully develops key 21st century skills in students for future success: 
  • Critical Thinking: The ability to comprehend with depth over breadth is vital in true learning. Our teachers focus on developing students understanding beyond rote memorization and surface level knowledge. It is a vital difference in our approach to education. We are developing problem solvers.
  • Communication: The ability to articulate core beliefs and deeper level thinking is a skill that takes practice and training. From grades 1-8 we provide opportunities for our students to learn and grow in their communication ability so that when they leave MVCS they are exceedingly prepared.
  • Collaboration: The ability to work in small groups and team environments, sharing ideas, sharpening understanding, and appreciating different perspectives, is a cornerstone of advanced education and the workplace. MVCS routinely provides opportunities for students to engage with their peers and develop these skills, beginning while they are young, preparing them for future collaborative efforts.
  • Creativity: The ability to think outside the box is the very essence of innovation. By training the next generation to use their God-given creative abilities we are unlocking their imagination and inspiration potential. God knows no limits!
 
MVCS integrates and leverages technology across subjects to increase student learning and expand the classroom.
  • SMART Learning Tools: We incorporate technology at the classroom level offering a multiplicity of access for learning purposes. From Microsoft Surface tablets in every classroom, to the STEM+ Learning Lab, to the Library Media Center, technology
    is integrated in every classroom and in every subject. Technology allows us to engage today’s students with an emphasis on project-based, hands-on learning and real world applications.
  • Chromebooks: At the junior high level, MVCS has a 1-to-1 ratio of Chromebook computers to students. Our 7th and 8th grade students are prepared for their continued education and future careers with an advanced proficiency in using the latest technology for research, collaboration, innovation, and communication.
    At the elementary level, MVCS has two Chromebook Carts with 24 Chromebooks each, which are used extensively for instruction, research, and hands-on projects. Teachers incorporate Chromebooks as one of the many technology-based tools which engage 21st century learners.
  • Google Classrooms: Created by Google to allow teachers to spend less time on paperwork and more time with their students, Google Classroom allows better communication and collaboration between teachers and students. With Google Classroom, teachers can accomplish basic tasks such as distributing handouts, collecting homework, and posting demonstration videos, and more advanced activities such as creating blended classrooms for projects that bridge multiple subjects, connecting with experts in the field, or collaborating with teachers and classes around the world.
 
The STEM+ Learning Lab represents our commitment and dedication to preparing MVCS students for their future. 
  • Virtual learning opportunities: Our STEM+ Learning Lab offers a unique learn by doing environment where students get hands-on experience in robotics, virtual design, and 3-D printing. We want our students exposed to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math at a young age in order to foster a passion for these subjects.
  • Project-based learning: Real-world applications bring life and excitement to subjects previously taught with just theory and memorization. No book or lecture can ever replace the knowledge and understanding achieved through experience and project-based, hands-on learning. We are purposeful in our desire to create a technology-rich environment that makes learning fun, encourages inquiry and innovation, and develops life-long learners.
 
Faith Gardens literally bring learning outside the classroom and into God’s gardens. 
  • Train students to be entrepreneurs. From seeds to sales, students learn to appreciate the value associated with the food we eat. Various business concepts including strategic planning, accounting, marketing, and sales are communicated with real-world examples from our gardens.
  • Experience and understand classroom subjects in the real-world. Faith Gardens bring math, science, history, and geography to life. The gardens provide living examples for instruction on a wide area of topic and subject areas including the Bible, math and geometry, accounting principles, geology and earth/soil science, natural habitats, and climate. From grades 1-8 Faith Gardens provides grade-level living labs.
  • Bring the Bible to life. Throughout the Bible God uses stories about gardens, planting, seeds, and harvest as tools to teach. Following His lead, our Faith Gardens provide hands-on learning opportunities to better understand God's word.
  • Teach stewardship of God’s creation. Appreciating God’s creations and learning how to protect them is at the forefront of environmental sciences. Faith Gardens bring these concepts to life.
  • Serve those in need. Students learn to use their God-given talents and blessings to help others in need. They harvest the vegetables and fruits from our Faith Gardens and give them to Second Harvest Food Bank so that they may serve those less fortunate.