The Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute was founded during the 2010-11 school year to meet the growing needs of our 21st Century students. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, VCS wanted to inspire students interesting in pursuing future education and careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by offering a state-of-the-art STEM program to all students.
The founding Director of the AMSE Institute, Mr. Jim Oliphant, transitioned to full-time teaching in 2011 and the responsibilities of that position shifted to Mr. Werner Vavken—an accomplished retired engineer and former advisory board member of Cal Poly’s Department of Engineering. In 2017, Mr. Danny Kim became the new Vice President of the AMSE Institute, intent on honoring its rich legacy while focusing on new innovation and launching a Research and Development department.
In its first year, 99 students were enrolled in AMSE; by the 2015-16 school year, there were 390 high school and 115 junior high students; in 2017-18, those numbers jumped to over 525 in the high school and 153 in the junior high program. Over 24 state-of-the-art, co-curricular programs have been developed through AMSE, including the International Space Station Program, Satellite Development, Satellite Tracking, Marine Biology, NanoTechnology, Rocketry Development, Robotics, Astronomy, Hydroponics, and Ocean Discovery. The AMSE Institute continues to seek further opportunities and resources for its students to become leaders, fulfilling its mission to prepare the next generation of Christian STEM innovators.
Take a look back at when the program began.