Students design their own STEAM Church

SJP continues to tackle the cross-curricular approach through a variety of subjects. Most recently, our underclassmen were given a STEAM and Theology Final Project by Ms. Gipson and Mr. Tulp. This final project incorporates both subjects in a multitude of ways. 

Students were given a scenario, roles, and rubric to design/present a new worship space for a congregation. 

Scenario: You and your team of designers have been asked to design a new worship space for a congregation. Your congregation will be located in a specific biome that will influence some of your design choices. The congregation is looking to build a new home that is unique and tells a story. 

Students were then given roles within their groups. The roles included a Project Lead, Lead Architect, Artistic Director, Public Relationships and Director of Social Responsibility. 

  • The Project Lead must keep the group on task, provide written weekly updates, do continuous research to enhance the meaning and symbolism of your church, and coordinate the creation of the final presentation. Early in the process, they created a timeline for the project and a mood board with the inspirations that they had for their design. They submitted all parts of the project when they are due.

  • The Lead Architect is responsible for drawing 2D sketches of their church and creating a 3D CAD design of their church’s floor plan in Google Sketch Up.

  • The Artistic Director is the graphic designer of the group, they look at the overall look of each submission and primarily work on the artistic features of the church, create a brochure for the church, and served as the lead builder for the physical model.  

  • The Public Relations representative spearheads the project proposal focused on church symbolism, making sure they express their design in a clear and concise way. Once their church nears completion, they are responsible for designing the team’s website on Google Sites. 

  • The Director of Social Responsibility must deeply consider the environment in which the church is situated. What environmental challenges does it face? What social needs does it have that their church could address? They will create an environmental and social impact report and poster to showcase the group's ideas. 

Students had to follow a rubric for their Individual, STEAM, and Theology Grade which lead to their final presentation.

We are impressed by our students who created very remarkable worship spaces!