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Second Annual Science Olympiad Combines Fun and Learning!

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Team appreciated the great turnout of parents and students at the second annual Science Olympiad Fun Night on Friday, February 24, 2017. The STEM team, led by high school science teacher Mrs. Hannah Mott, coordinated another fun filled night of learning for Kindergarten through eighth grade students and their families. The attendees enjoyed exploring a variety of activities including taking a part a computer, building bridges, separating the components of black ink, and more!

 

 

The STEM team is thankful for all of the support provided by Cornerstone students and families during this event!

Cornerstone teachers enjoy watching Kindergarten through eighth grade students grow in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math while exploring the creativity of the scientific laws that God put into place. Cornerstone continues to work on including STEM enhancements throughout our school’s curriculum, and to increase the array of learning opportunities in these subject areas.  The goal is to give students the following skills: adaptability, complex communication, social skills, non-routine problem solving, self-management, and systems thinking.

Please check out more STEM information on our website under “Academics” then “STEM,” or by clicking here.

Cornerstone New Technology Update

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone’s computer technology has been vastly upgraded because of the generous donations that were given to “Gifts from the Heart,” at our auction fundraiser last spring.

The most visible changes that have been made in Cornerstone’s technology area are bringing our computer lab up to current standards with brand new hardware and software, providing four new iPads to be used in the Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms, and also replacing outdated classroom computers, including those used by our yearbook class. A generous friend of Cornerstone also provided us with new computer tables which provide better functionality to the lab space.

Our sixth through twelfth grade students are already enjoying the benefits of the new computers as they do research and prepare papers and presentations with Office 365; our first graders have used the iPads to reinforce counting lessons from their class; and generally our classrooms are running a lot better with the new equipment.

Cornerstone’s educational technology changes are aimed at positioning our students well for academic success, as well as building long-term employment skills. We thank God for the faithful partnership of donors that help provide for the financial needs of an excellent education at Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Gifts from the Heart Elevates Cornerstone Computer Technology

Posted on: August 8th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone’s computer technology is in the midst of a major upgrade thanks to donors who gave to “Gifts from the Heart,” at our Spring Auction Fundraiser.  “Gifts from the Heart,” was a live auction item where donors could “bid” with a gift to Cornerstone’s technology equipment needs.  The most visible changes stemming from the $17,800 that was generously donated are being used to completely upgrade our computer lab to current technology, provide four new iPads to be used in the Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms, and to replace outdated classroom computers, including those used by our yearbook class.


The above slide show displays pictures of Mr. Eric Kampmeier, Cornerstone IT Director, receiving the new computers and setting up our computer lab with student helpers.

When this “item” was brought to the auction block at our Spring fundraiser, Cornerstone’s current technology was compared to a Conestoga covered wagon, with the possible changes elevating our technology to that like a modern passenger jet.  Cornerstone is thrilled that our students will be flying high with this new technology beginning this fall!

Mr. Eric Kampmeier, Cornerstone IT Director and high school computer teacher, spearheaded this campaign with a detailed Technology Plan.  One part of this plan outlined retiring obsolete Microsoft Windows XP computers and replacing them with Microsoft Windows 10 on new HP desktop computers.   This “Tech Plan-2016” prompted our administrator, Tom Olmstead, to find a way to raise funds for Cornerstone’s technology needs.

“Modernization of our computer technology provides a great pathway for establishing future employability of our students” says Mr. Kampmeier.  He also explained that updating our systems will enable Cornerstone to  begin using the latest Microsoft Office 365 under Microsoft’s education program.  This educational program allows qualifying schools to use Office 365 Online for free.  Mr. Kampmeier pointed out that Microsoft invites schools into a mutually beneficial partnership.  “They have invited us to experience the benefits of their technology in the classroom,” he says.

Mr. Kampmeier also explained that Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365 offer good security and the great benefit of cloud based document storage services.  “Microsoft 365 will allow our students and staff to have the advantage and convenience of having their work available wherever there is a computer along with internet access,” says Mr. Kampmeier, “Students will be much less likely to have the problem of a paper or presentation they are working on getting  stranded at school, home, or on a lost flash drive.”

Cornerstone’s educational technology changes are aimed at positioning our students well for academic success, as well as building long-term employment skills.  Mr. Kampmeier noted that much prayer went into the process of defining our school’s technology needs and bringing these opportunities to benefit our school to donors at our auction.  God continues to provide for the needs of our school, and we invite you to check out the upgrades to our computer lab at the Kindergarten through 12th grade fall orientation on Friday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m.

To read the answers to frequently asked questions about Cornerstone’s technology upgrade, please click here for CCA Technology Upgrade 2016 – Frequently Asked Questions.

Cornerstone High School Computer Programming Class Prepares Students for Marketplace

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone teachers seek to prepare our students for the marketplace after they graduate from our high school. Mr. Eric Kampmeier, Cornerstone’s IT Director and computer teacher, gave the students in our high school Computer Programming elective course the opportunity to see how the “Internet of Things*” revolution is being enabled by many new small and low-cost computing devices.

 

 

In this class, students first learn the basics of programming, and also learn to write programs using the C programming language. The C programming language is a general purpose computer programming language.

The students then form project teams and choose a project work on. This semester two teams worked on an industrial control simulator, using an Arduino Uno micro-controller. The Arduino Uno is one example of many new small and low-cost computing devices that are enabling the “Internet of Things” revolution. These teams were guided by Mr. Kampmeier on how to create a simple circuit on a breadboard, and they then programmed the Arduino to control the circuit. A third team worked on programming a bowling simulation game using a Windows desktop computer.

Mr. Kampmeier says, “The ‘Internet of Things’ revolution is growing and driving lots of jobs, as the price of little micro-computers plummets, the need for programmers grows.”

Computer Programming at Cornerstone is part of Cornerstone’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) emphasis, with a focus on computational thinking.

*From Wikipedia: “Internet of Things” is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The “Internet of Things” allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure. “Things,” in the IoT sense, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, electric clams in coastal waters, automobiles with built-in sensors, DNA analysis devices for environmental/food/pathogen monitoring, or field operation devices that assist firefighters in search and rescue operations Current market examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that use Wi-Fi for remote monitoring. Experts estimate that the “Internet of Things” will consist of almost 50 billion objects by the year 2020.

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