"Engineering: Extracts principles from direct experience. It builds a bridge between intuition and the formal aspects of science by being able to better explain, measure, and predict the world around us."
- Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager, Invent to Learn
By creating opportunities for boys to “explore new ideas,” and coaching them through the learning and thinking processes, students develop 21st century skills and core competencies that are relevant in all aspects of life. Hands-on investigative STEM activities develop inquiry, promote an understanding of the nature of learning, and allow for students to autonomously engage in the process of knowledge construction.
As a school, we also recognize our state-of-the-art STEM labs provide unique opportunities. We want to take full advantage of our increased space and resources to maximize the benefits for the boys and their learning.
In 3rd Grade and 4th grade, Selective Workshops take the place once 7-day cycle, in addition to regular STEM sessions. Boys in these grades will participate in 2 of the 4 Selective Workshops their 3rd grade year, 1 per semester, then 2 different workshops their 4th grade year. The Workshops offer small group instruction (10-12 students) during one hour-long class each 7-day cycle. Selective Workshops for this year are:
- Lego engineering
- TED (technology, engineering and design)
- ENI Challenge Workshop
Past Explore New Idea Projects
- Pickle Batteries
- Squishy Circuits
- Little Bits
- Paper Circuits
- Design-Your-Own Product
- Sailboat Race
- Straw Rockets
- Wind Tunnel