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STEM+

Science, technology, engineering, math and the arts = STEM+. Our STEM+ program is about discovery, trial and error, and where “getting it wrong” is fun and gives way to a great academic learning experience - all in the quest of discovering solutions.

Through hands on learning and design-thinking, students foster and develop critical and strategic thinking skills. Beginning in Pre-K, students are taught how to problem solve utilizing their knowledge of science, math, technology, engineering and design. Lower School students design and build a house that the “big bad wolf” can’t blow down. Middle Schoolers perform research to aid in their designing a better remote control. Upper Schoolers create a robot that shoots baskets. Through STEM+, students develop their collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills while solving real world problems.


STEM+ Offerings By Department

STEM+ in Lower School

  • Science labs for Pre-K - 5th grade
  • iPads and iTouches in Kindergarten
  • Dreambox online math program for 1st and 2nd grade
  • Annual Hour of Code in Kindergarten - 5th grade
  • Writing Like a Scientist in 2nd grade
  • Programming/coding in 4th and 5th grade
  • Engineering in 4th and 5th grade
  • Computer Lab and Digital Media Lab
  • MakerSpace
  • Clubs: Science Olympiad, STEM Challenge, Power Up and On, Video Editing and Production (Beginner and Intermediate), 5th grade Science League

STEM+ in Middle School

  • MakerSpace with two 3D printers, industrial shop equipment and ShopBot
  • Electives:
    • Design-Thinking
    • Engineering with Lego Robotics and computer programming
    • Meteorology & Weather
    • Science Olympiad
    • Computer Science
    • Digital Communications
  • Digital Media Lab, Engineering Lab
  • Math Lab
  • Lab-based science classes
  • Engineering and design-thinking process woven through science classes
  • Design-thinking process and MakerSpace integrated into humanities classes
  • Stagecraft Fine Arts elective

STEM+ in Upper School

  • Elective Courses: Introduction to Computer Science, Honors Computer Science, AP Computer Science A, Webpage Design I and II, Independent Study, and Engineering course includes Lego Mindstorms, 3D printer with FreeCad and 123D Design software, Labview software and Tetrix
  • Virtual Chemistry Lab
  • Four levels of precalculus
  • AP offerings: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics Biology, Computer Science A, Chemistry and Physics C (Mechanics)
  • Student participation in Math League contests, Wake County Math Competition, American Mathematics Competition, Hour of Code
  • Clubs: RavensCode Computer Science, Competitive Coding Club, Robotics, Science Olympiad
  • Art Foundations elective includes digital art component
  • Stagecraft Fine Arts elective