As part of our STEM mission, The Cornerstone School sponsors several STEM based clubs and events throughout the school year. These opportunities for our students are integral to our commitment to STEM education.
- The Minecraft Club is and after school program based upon the wildly popular video game Minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. At The Cornerstone School we have used this game as part of our engineering education. As part of the MinecraftEdu community we are able to access powerful yet simple tools to fine-tune the Minecraft experience for learning. Teachers in over 40 countries use MinecraftEdu in every subject area from STEM to Language, to History, to Art.
Girls Who Code
- Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With support from public and private partners, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. The Cornerstone School is proud to sponsor Girls Who Code Club 137 as an outreach opportunity. This club is not only for Cornerstone students, but open to all girls in the Marion County community (middle school and high school). Our goal is to provide a STEM experience for those girls who may be underserved due to a variety of reasons. This club meets in the evenings and is led by volunteer computer science professionals.
Hour of Coding
- Code.org provides computer science educational resources for all ages, free of cost. The Cornerstone School uses the Code.org curriculum as part of its STEM education effort. Every student from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade is exposed to the basics of writing computer code throughout the year. In December, during Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code event takes place. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. The goal for this year’s Hour of Code is to have over 15 million students taking part in the single largest educational event in history. The Cornerstone School students will be part of this!
- The Cornerstone Summer STEM Challenge Camp is an annual opportunity to provide STEM activities in a summer camp environment. This camp is held in early August (before the regular school schedule begins) and runs for one week. Activities include…
- Robotics construction and programming (Lego and VEX robot platforms)
- Learning to use Autodesk Inventor Professional 3D CAD design software
- Sketching and Drafting for Engineers
- Engineering and construction of life size cardboard boats (field trip to the pool)
- The physics of Wind Turbine construction