A New Center of Excellence

Developing the Mindset of Engineers, Designers, Scientist and Inventors

 

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Creating The Innovators of Tomorrow

A Commitment to Extraordinary learning

 

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About the S.T.E.A.M. Center of Excellence

At the core of the new S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Center is a new way of “doing school.” The open design encourages working in teams, live problem solving, cross-departmental projects, and experiential learning.  The space will be equipped with the necessary tools to set up our students for success. Items such as a 3-D printer, laser cutter, high-speed computers, high-definition monitors, and more will position our students to have “no limits” in learning.

SCIENCE
Practical activities surrounding the systematic study of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
TECHNOLOGY
Application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. The branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.
ENGINEERING
The branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.
ART
the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form to be appreciated primarily for their beauty.
MATH
The systematic treatment of magnitude, relationships between figures and forms, and relations between quantities expressed symbolically.

Features

Allows Flexible Learning

Students learn differently. This flexible learning space allows for teachers and students to literally "experience learning."

Provides Hands-On Work Space

Bringing ideas into fruition requires the right space! Here, students will roll up their sleeves and bring ideas to life.

Promotes a free-thinking environment

The result is... you get better ideas out in the open, where they can grow

Offers small group spaces

Sometimes you need to just get away! Small group spaces allow students to collaborate and incubate ideas.

Is a true lab environment

Experiential learning excels in a lab environment. A place where students can iterate on their ideas and develop a working solution.

Allows students to gain Inspiration

Space is a valuable tool that can help create deep and meaningful collaborations.

Our Team

Meet our team member

Evan Handrick

Evan Handrick

S.T.E.A.M. Center Director

Evan Handrick is not your ordinary, by-the-book teacher. He is curious about everything, especially things that challenge the norm and promote thought and problem solving. This entrepreneurial spirit was exactly what Mr. Sullivan, Head of School at Maranatha Christian Academy, was looking for to lead MCA’s new S.T.E.A.M. Center.

Evan came to Maranatha as a middle school science teacher in 2011 where he not only became one of our most valued teachers, but also won two separate S.T.E.M. grants from Minnesota Independent School Forum. These grants helped to build a greenhouse and produce a vermicomposting project for his students.

Gary Isaacs

Gary Isaacs

Staff

Gary Isaacs has been teaching math for 43 years and has taught in 3 different states. While teaching upper level math courses at the present time he has also taught at 2 colleges and at a jr. high school. He did his undergrad work at Northwest Bible College (Minot, ND) and Minot State College (ND) and some graduate work at the University of North Dakota.

Lisa Leon

Lisa Leon

Staff

Graduated BFA, MN. State University, Mankato; (Magna Cum Laude)

Assistant gallery director; Bismarck Art & Galleries Assoc. Bismarck, ND.

Assistant art director; KFYR TV- Bismarck, ND; Graphic designer; Monrovia, CA.;

Assistant art director Hot Rod Magazine, Hollywood, CA.

Ed Dufresne Ministries, Murrieta, CA.

Teaching Prek through grade 12 – 25 years (So. California & Minnesota)

(IC School, Monrovia, CA.; Dana Pt. Christian; Southlands Christian, Diamond Bar, CA.;

The Linfield School, Temecula, CA.)

Cont. Ed. Classes: Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA. & Edina Art Center, MN.

Maranatha Christian Academy Art specialist 2000-2016: Upper school art classes

Steve Higley

Steve Higley

Staff

BA, Physics. Gustavus Adolphus College (1974)
I taught at Lami High School in the Fiji Islands from 1975 to 1980. I was the Head of the Mathematics Department there and had both Math and Science teaching responsibilities. I have been teaching at Maranatha since 1981.

Katie Laing

Katie Laing

Staff

Katie Laing teaches middle school science and high school Physics at MCA.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas in Arlington in 2011, as well as a post-baccalaureate Texas teaching certification in 2012 in Composite Science. She is just finishing her fourth year of teaching in the middle and high school sciences and is returning to Maranatha in the fall.

Justin Peterson

Justin Peterson

Staff

I went to the University of Northwestern St. Paul and received a B.S. in applied mathematics; while there, I participated in an R.E.U.(Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Arizona State University and researched different modeling techniques for the spread of forest fires.  After Northwestern, I went to the University of South Dakota and received an M.A. in mathematics.  Once I completed my graduate work, I taught at Dakota State University and also at the University of St. Thomas.

Kari Nelson

Kari Nelson

Staff

Kari Nelson has been an art specialist at MCA for over 20 years working with Pre-Kindergarten – High School levels. She graduated from Bethel University with a degree in B.S. Art Education and with a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota. She has a passion for integrating Faith and the Arts and used this to create all the art curriculum for the Lower School at Maranatha. Kari and her husband, Carl, along with their 3 children live in North Minneapolis. She loves to paint, garden and ski with her spare time.

FIRST Programs (FLL) (FTC)

FIRST Lego League (FLL)

FIRST Lego League (FLL)

Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) research a real-world problem such as food...
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FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Parti...
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Give & Support

Below you will find the much needed equipment needs to continue our pursuit of the completion of this STEAM Center of Excellence. If you would like to help us, simply donate toward one of the items today! We thank you for your generosity in advance.

Initial Buildout

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Below you will find the Sponsorship opportunities for our FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge Teams. If you would like to help us, simply donate toward one of the Teams today! We thank you for your generosity in advance.

2016 FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team Sponsorship – Quantity required 4 – Each cost $750

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2016 FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team Sponsorship – Quantity required 1 – Each cost $2500

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Contact Info

  • 763-488-7900
  • info@mca.lwcc.org
  • www.mcamustangs.org
  • 9201 75th Ave N
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55428