21st Century Focus

Providing a Dynamic Environment of Collaboration and Communication

 

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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 S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Center is a new approach to student learning. The open design encourages collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity. The space will be equipped with essential tools that provide an optimal platform to find and solve problems. Tools like 3-D printing, laser cutting, high-speed computing, and more will position our students for limitless learning.

SCIENCE
The examination of our physical and natural world through practical, systematic activities.
TECHNOLOGY
The exploration of computing, as well as an understanding of the variety of tools, both high and low tech, that assist in problem solving.
ENGINEERING
The understanding and application of the design process as well as machines, structures, and engines.
ART
The focus of human creative skill and imagination; exploring the meaning of beauty and expression.
MATH
The exploration of quantities expressed symbolically; patterns, relationships, and magnitudes.

Features

Flexible Learning

Provide individuals freedom to explore their own learning and make mistakes without penalty.

Hands-On Student Work Space

An open and equipped space allows students to bring ideas to life.

Free-thinking environment

Ideas planted with open minds grow brighter.

Variety in work groups

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

True Workplace Experience

Students excel with the respect and professionalism we provide them. We are all working engineers in this space. We rise together.

Fostering Creativity and Inspiration

Environments impact us. Providing an optimal space ensures and promotes thought and idea production.

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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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.

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