A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
• Three STEM Saturdays at the Lower School (grades K-8) - attendance of over 75 kids at each one, about 70% are non-Sem students.
• Two STEM Workshops at the Upper School (grades 6 and above) - attendance of 40-70 students, majority of which were non-Sem students. These workshop were collaboratively led by Upper School students and faculty.
• STEM Lectures on energy, breast cancer treatments, materials science, infectious diseases, and evolutionary anatomy (attendance around 75 for most lectures)
• 3rd Annual STEM Alumni Panel brought four alumni back to Wyoming Seminary. The group included an architect, a bioengineer, a pharmacist specializing in public policy, and an entrepreneur. It was a busy day for the group with an assembly in the morning at the Upper School, classroom visits, lunch with faculty and students, and then a trip to the Lower School for a middle school assembly.
• A few other events, often in partnership with the Lower School STEM initiatives:
- Hour of Code - December 2015
- Campus tree planting with Kingston Shade Tree Commission
- April 2016 - Tesla Car visit - May 2016
Curricularly, the STEM School has continued to modify courses to be even more applicable and engaging. At the Upper School, the STEM Foundations class implemented a new project this winter, partnering with the Architecture in Schools Program to investigate the design and building process. It was an eight week program, with once a week work days with local professionals. Through this program, students learned about how math, measurement, observation, teamwork, and creativity are essential in the design and engineering process. In conjunction with the Science Department, we have reworked the spring term to be a better segue to upper level courses. In addition, the STEM elective courses have undergone further developments this year with Reverend Charlie Carrick as the lead teacher. Each session, Locomotion, Submersibles, and Flight, allows students to apply science and mathematical principles while at the same time designing and building, testing and redesigning, and then trying again!
At the Lower School, the Innovation Center continues to provide needed mobile and large-scale space for robotics challenges as well as science and engineering labs in the primary and middle school in addition to being a combined space for math and science courses.
In addition to STEM Saturdays, a variety of Lower School STEM events under the direction of Jill Carrick include the following:
• Tesla cars visit - instruction and hands-on car exploration for grades 1-8 in November 2015
• Environmental Club Tree Planting Partnership with Forty Fort Shade Tree Commission and forester Vincent Cotrone; November 2015
• Hour of Code - grades 1-8 participating simultaneously with students from all of over the globe; December 2015
• Lower School STEM Night (sixth annual) with students in grades 2-8 presenting; March 2016
The following clubs are very active at Sem and provide exciting opportunities for students to explore STEM topics outside of the classroom. The faculty advisor is listed in parenthesis.
• Engineering Club (Chris Pons)
• LS First Lego League (John Eidam) and US Robotics Club
• Science Research Group at both Lower (Lisa Iskra) and Upper School (Andrea Nerozzi and Renee Casterline)
• Science Olympiad (Ali Lott and Lisa Iskra, LS) and Tricia Strazdus (US)
• Summer microbiology research at Wilkes University (Andrea Nerozzi)
• Summer STEM camps (Chris Pons)
• Upper School Environmental Club (Andrea Nerozzi)
• Lower School Grades 3-8 Environmental Club (Jill Carrick)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- ThuMar30 LS STEM Night 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- SatApr22 STEM Saturday (Grades 7-12) 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMUpper School