“Holy Comforter’s willingness to take this initiative and lead from the front is critical in the development of the school. The education that we’re providing our kids is going to be relevant, rigorous and important and it’s going to set them apart from their peers.”
- Rick Bunnell, Middle School Head

Knight STEM Building and Curriculum

In August 2012, Holy Comforter Episcopal School opened a resource-rich science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) facility. The 12,385 square foot Knight STEM Building is the only one of its kind for an independent school in the area dedicated solely to STEM-based hands-on learning for students in grades K-8. The building itself incorporates environmental best practices and serves as a teaching tool, with electrical and mechanical components left exposed for exploration and understanding. With project based learning, students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, which will encourage imagination and productivity. The Knight STEM Building is primarily a Middle School Building, however, all Lower School children attend their weekly STEM class in the Lower School STEM lab, engaged in a progressive program that incorporates science & math with engineering components and the use of technology.

Building Features

  • Two science laboratory classrooms
  • Lower school STEM lab for Kindergarten - 5th grade
  • An interactive energy monitoring system integrated into the curriculum
  • Rain barrels for collecting water
  • 2 classrooms with ceiling tiles removed so that structural, electrical and mechanical components are exposed.
  • A fully equipped data center that houses the campus wide network, security, fire, intercom, and telephone infrastructure, complete with generator backed up power, redundant internet connections, and weatherproofed construction.
  • In our STEM program, teachers develop real-world, complex and open-ended problems; act as facilitators, making sure students are staying on track and finding resources; raise questions that deepen the connections students make within the concepts they are being taught; balance between providing guidance and encouraging self-directed learning. In a STEM environment, students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, which will encourage imagination and productivity. Robotics projects, for instance, give students the opportunity to test the knowledge of applications as well as the ability to interact with their peers in teamwork, time management, project management and problem solving.

Committed to a STEM Curriculum

In our commitment to prepare our students for an-ever changing world and work place, several key statistics support our stance on the importance of a STEM education.
  • Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as that of non-STEM jobs.
  • STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth from non-STEM occupations.
  • STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts.
  • More than two-thirds of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to less than one-third of non-STEM workers.
  • STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration. STEM Good Jobs Now and for the Future. http://www.esa.doc.gov/sites/files/reports/documents/stemfinaljuly14_1.pdf
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