- Village School
- Middle School
- Upper School
Chadwick's STEM program is a K-12 initiative that aims to inspire future STEM leaders, educate citizens for a STEM-based world and prepare students for success in college and beyond.
Our STEM classes and activities connect ideas between disciplines, connect the classroom to the wider world, develop the skills for independent problem-solving and use technology to teach students to communicate fluently.
The STEM program aims to encourage and develop the core competencies (critical and creative thinking; cultural competence; communication; collaboration; character; and courage) in cross-curricular and hands-on ways. Through team competitions, as well as internships, mentorships and guest speakers, Chadwick STEM students are situated to develop the real-world skills they will need to think, do and lead in an increasingly global and technological marketplace.
Village School students engage with STEM beginning in Kindergarten. Here, kindergartners examine sheep brains as part of a biology lesson presented by Upper School science teacher Tori Fay.
Middle-schoolers utilize STEM skills every school year to create boats out of reusable materials, with the goal of remaining afloat in the school pool during the boat races.
In the Classroom
STEM in the Village begins in kindergarten classes, with hands-on science and plenty of math, as well as the basics of coding, keyboarding and robotics. This foundational knowledge is underscored throughout our students' education as their mathematical, scientific and logical thinking progresses. STEM students in the Village are encouraged to think creatively and cross-curricularly, and special emphasis is placed on helping students make connections between the academic skills they are building and the real-world ways they can apply it.
In addition to an engaging and powerful curriculum in math and science, Village students have opportunities such as:
Beyond the Classroom
In the Classroom
In the Middle School, STEM is a graduation requirement. Middle School students' science and math classes not only prepare them for traditional Upper School academic work, but also include interdisciplinary skills such as coding and engineering. Seventh- and eighth-graders choose between STEM electives, including web design, electronics and other project-based and experimental options. Whether their interests focus on the biological sciences, chemistry, space science, engineering or coding, the Middle School electives and team offerings meet the needs of each individual student.
Students are using the Processing JS language to learn control flow, object-oriented principles and debugging techniques. By the end of the trimester, students are able to implement their own game and deploy it to the web.
Students learn about circuits, programming and debugging techniques through the Arduino interface. By the end of the trimester, students are able to combine their knowledge of physical technical components with programming skills to define their own projects.
Students learn a variety of programming languages to get a solid understanding of computer science concepts. Students then design and implement their own web or mobile app utilizing real-world programming processes and tools.
In this elective, students will grow crops in self-sustained 3D-printed pods. Students will code an app to monitor their crops’ health and to communicate with other students what care needs to be given and what chores have been done.
This elective will challenge students to come up with novel ratios of metallic alloys to attempt to split water molecules. Students will present their work at a Caltech conference at the end of the spring semester.
Teams and Clubs
In the Classroom
In the Upper School, the STEM program increases both in academic content and in connectivity across curricula and communities. Chadwick science students take high-school physics, chemistry and biology in an integrated way that covers all three curricula by the end of 10th grade. The integrated approach helps students make cross-curricular connections, while the core content provides the foundation for AP and inter-disciplinary courses in grades 11 and 12. Those courses are listed below, including online "MSON" opportunities beyond the traditional classroom.
Almost all Chadwick math students complete Calculus by the end of senior year, providing a strong foundation for STEM majors in college and beyond. Alternative paths are available for students who prefer to go faster or slower, including AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and post-AP Multivariable Calculus. Our math program emphasizes problem-solving, based on both procedural fluency and conceptual understanding. Students learn to think independently and to solve problems without following a recipe.
STEM AP Courses:
STEM Electives: Student interest determines which electives will run each year.