One of the most recent buzz acronyms in education is STEAM. This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
We’ve been working hard to increase our STEAM offerings at Maranatha. This school year we saw tremendous growth in the Art program with the advances Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Dean have brought to the art classes at Maranatha. They are amazing and they make a dynamite team! This year, Mrs. Dean rolled out a Graphic Design class that has been very popular.
Our emphasis for this coming year is Technology. We know that university students are expected to be competent on a wide variety of computer skills, and we want to build a program that will ensure that basic level of expertise before their high school years begin. In high school Technology classes, students would then have the opportunity to build additional skills such as formal Computer Science with coding (object oriented and scientific), IT Infrastructure mastery on cloud platform solutions, Data Science concepts and tools, and Productivity Applications that are used in business, depending on the interests they have through Technology electives that would be available to them after the initial high school course which would include the Adobe Suite programs. Currently, approximately 50% of jobs require technical skills. It is anticipated that in the next ten years, that will rise to 77% of jobs.
After consulting with a Blue Ribbon school in our area with a strong technology program and Microsoft Education personnel, they believe, along with us, that our realistic plans for the next few years here at Maranatha will place us at the fore-front of Computer Science Education in Kansas and perhaps more! It’s exciting how the Lord has opened up avenues and enhanced expertise through these relationships. According to Microsoft representatives, we will be the only school in Kansas which will move students into high school with the potential of already having earned Microsoft Office Certification.
We are super excited to roll out our Eagles Soar Technology ASK.