Todd Marrah, Chair-Elect
Carl Martinez, Secretary
Robert "Bo" Gutzwiller, Past Chair
ACSI and Grand Canyon University Host Inaugural International Christian STEM Competition
Phoenix, Ariz., April 19, 2022 – Christian students from five states will converge in Phoenix, Ariz., Saturday, April 23 for the inaugural Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) International Christian STEM Competition (ICSC), taking place at Grand Canyon University (GCU).
The competition, which will allow Christian students in grades 7-12 to compete in five different STEM challenges, is made possible through a partnership between ACSI and GCU.
ACSI Assistant Vice President of Student Services David Ray believes this offering is timely for today’s students.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this type of competition to our member school students,” he said. “The divisional competitions and the International Christian STEM Competition allow them to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering and math through a biblical worldview lens.”
The ICSC was preceded by eight divisional competitions held around the world. Divisional competition winners will compete in five challenges at the ICSC, including Aerospace Glider, Cybersecurity, Capture the Flag, IT Coding, Mechanical Slingshot and Robotics.
Corinne Araza, Director of K12 STEM Outreach, a division of the K12 Educational Development at GCU, looks forward to hosting the competition.
“We believe that enabling students to pursue their passions and to really explore the unique ways God has gifted them is important,” she shared. “We want to embrace the Proverbs 22:6 Scripture—to ‘train them up in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.’”
The partnership between ACSI and GCU also offers member schools free STEM webinars. Topics range from how to start a STEM program to employing technology tools for collaboration.
Ray shared that this competition is reflective of ACSI’s commitment to excellence.
“We’re so glad to offer these competitions to our students,” he said. “ACSI is partnering with our Christian schools to ensure students have ample opportunities to build and refine their skillsets, so they can be Christ’s hands and feet in today’s culture.”
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI advances excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing vital support functions for Christian schools through multiple services including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing. ACSI supports more than 5,000 member schools throughout the United States and around the world, which collectively serve approximately 1.2 million students. Through additional training programs, materials, and expertise provided to other educational groups worldwide, ACSI’s overall influence and positive impact reaches more than 26,000 schools operating in 100 countries, together serving 5.5 million people.
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