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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

  • AP offerings: Biology, Chemistry, Physics C (Mechanics), Environmental Science, Computer Science A, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics
  • Elective offerings: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Medicine I/II, Forensic Science, Marine Science, Honors Computer Science, Intro to Computer Science, Computer Science Principles, Webpage Design, Honors Engineering A/B, Honors Multivariable Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, 4 levels of Precalculus, Fundamentals of Stagecraft I/II, Art Foundations (includes digital art component), Journalism: Online News
  • Independent studies: Organic Chemistry, Digital Game Design, Mobile App Development, Honors Programming in C++, Honors Programming in Assembly, Game Theory, Stage Management
    • New and individualized independent studies may be proposed by students
  • Clubs and Competitions: Science Olympiad, Chemistry Olympiad, Eco Club, Science National Honors Society, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS), Ravens Code, Competitive Coding Club, Robotics Club (FIRST), Math League, Math NC
  • Murphy Hall (Upper School) includes dedicated STEM wing
  • Physics / Engineering space includes two 3D printers, CAD software, and LabVIEW design platform