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What is STEM?

STEM provides students with a cross-curricular integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM focuses on interdisciplinary projects and outside study to blend advanced STEM-related coursework with real-world application.

How does PCA incorporate STEM?

From inquiry-based learning in the STEM garden to a two-year research project, PCA provides students Pre-K through 12th grade with advanced coursework blended with outside study. PCA focuses on allowing students the opportunity for innovative learning through original research and hands-on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Ultimately, this program’s goal is to prepare students to use their STEM knowledge to glorify God and bring benefit to themselves and others.


Students work on advanced STEM-related coursework consisting of interdisciplinary projects and outside study (e.g., STEM-related summer camps, internships). Students are required to attend program meetings and STEM related field trips.

Students who fulfill the following requirements are eligible to graduate with STEM Honors:

  • Receive credit for four advanced measured STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes (AP or dual credit)
  • Participate in STEM Honors Program from Sophomore to Senior year
  • Complete program-sponsored effective research and technical writing courses
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of STEM-related outside study for each year enrolled in the program
  • Complete a STEM-related proof-of-concept project in Freshman or Sophomore year
  • Complete a two-year STEM-related research project in Junior and Senior year
  • Attend at least 75% of all required program meetings
  • Successfully complete the Distinguished Achievement Program
  • Graduate "Magna Cum Laude" 3.5 or higher

STEM Garden

Prestonwood Christian Academy leaders and students gathered on Feb. 9, 2016, to officially open the school’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Garden on the Plano Campus.

The STEM Garden provides an outdoor classroom and lab where hands-on learning activities for students from Pre-K through 12th grade takes place. Teachers guide students in conducting original research through inquiry-based lessons and give students an opportunity to be innovative--to explore, test, gather and analyze data.

PCA’s STEM Garden is located next to the school’s softball field to the north of the Upper School campus.

STEM Family Night

An exciting evening for Lower School families to experience hands-on STEM activities while exploring the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Many of PCA's STEM Honors students run the stations for the younger students to enjoy and explore. STEM Family Nights take place at both the Plano and North Campuses.

Dr. Alan Wagner STEM Endowed Chair

Named in honor of PCA Grandfather Dr. Alan Wagner’s career and contribution in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This permanently endowed Chair recognizes excellence in teaching and scholarship and supports the teaching, professional development and curriculum enhancement of outstanding faculty members.

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STEM Contact

Dana Sedgass

Dana Sedgass

STEM Coordinator
PCA Plano, Upper School

The future possibilities of the PCA STEM Garden are endless. Our hope is that the Garden will inspire PCA students to enter STEM-related occupations and be used by God to share the love of Christ!Middle school principal, bill Wendl

The focus of our STEM program is to prepare and inspire students for successful STEM careers in order to bring honor to God, others and themselves.

Dana Sedgass

PCA STEM Coordinator

As with everything we do, our STEM program is designed to produce followers of Christ who have an appreciation of science and the creative nature of God.Head of school, Dr. Larry taylor