Westminster’s STEM program, which begins in the elementary school and extends through high school, focuses on a rigorous, nationally-recognized curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) that develops our students' ability to collaborate, think creatively, communicate effectively, and work independently to solve problems.
Students have the opportunity to infuse project-based learning techniques in designing toys, solving real-world problems, building robots, and learning programming using Scratch, VEX Blocks, and ROBOTC languages. Fourth and fifth grade students who wish to further their engineering skills may also apply for the VEX IQ competitive robotics teams. These after-school student clubs allow students to build and program their own robot, and to showcase their skills at local, state and national competitions. Warrior Robotics has won numerous awards at both the District and State level, has received several World bids and was recently granted the Design Award at the VEX IQ Elementary School World Championship.
STEM education at Westminster is also complemented by Tech Time, where students practice digital citizenship, learn how to safely navigate the online world, and come to understand the consequential nature of technology. Tech Time engages students in game-based learning by using esports and Minecraft Education Edition to inspire creative, inclusive learning through play that helps to develop real-world problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. As a Microsoft Showcase School, students practice keyboarding and learn a variety of technical skills by using the full offerings of the Microsoft Office Suite.