Thank you to our generous donors from the HCA 2020 Gala who have made this program into a reality!
Engineering at HCA
Harvest Christian Academy is home to the new Engineering and Innovation Lab and the Harvest Christian Academy of Engineering and Robotics! Through generous donations from our families in 2020, we launched a PK-12th grade initiative to bring engineering and robotics opportunities to all of our students. The Engineering and Innovation Lab provides an opportunity for students to explore hands-on engineering concepts, design processes, robotics and automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) programming. We are excited to offer our students the ability to develop and explore their talents and interests in pursuit of excellence and within the context of Christian education.
Pre-K thru Grade 8
Our Engineering and Innovation Lab serves students at all levels. Middle School students in grades 5-8 will have access to engineering and robotics electives that teach coding, programming, and exploration of engineering principles. Our youngest Lions in Grades PK-4 will have hands-on modules pushed into their classroom day and provide the opportunity for exploration and developing the engineering mindset.
We use Engineer Your World curriculum, which is a “hands-on, design-based, inquiry-focused engineering course for all learners. In this course, students discover the engineering design process, make data-driven decisions, and work in multi-level teams to solve complex challenges.”
More information can be found here.
Upper School Offerings
The Academy of Engineering and Robotics at HCA in offering our students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to specialize and explore concentrations of interest while completing their requirements for university or college matriculation. This distinction program offers high school students an opportunity to experience engineering and robotics coursework that is dedicated to training a research and design mindset. Dual Credit is available for Year 1 Intro to Engineering through the University of Texas-Austin. Year 2 in the program focuses on coding and robotics applications and college credit is available through AP Computer Science Principles. Students in Year 3 will continue to develop their robotics applications at a more advanced level and use the design process to bring a capstone project to launch. This capstone project provides students with a great project and process to discuss in university application essays. Year 4 focuses on job exploration, engineering entrepreneurship, and the business aspects of bringing a design or product to market.
Check out some of the cool tools and equipment that is coming to HCA in 2020!
If this program interests you for your student, please call us today. Admissions will be glad to tell you more; call us at 847.214.3202 or contact us!