STEM at Chadwick


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.

Here are frequently asked questions about the Chadwick STEM program.

Kindergartners Begin Hands-On Science

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 Choose Electives and Participate in Competitions

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.


Upper Schoolers Engage in the Broader STEM Community

Chadwick students connect with other STEM enthusiasts through math, science and engineering clubs and teams. They also have the opportunity to engage in the broader STEM community through mentors or internships, with the guidance of our STEM coordinator. On the left, Senior Caroline Smith presents her research on marine pharmaceuticals as part of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's Young Scientists Symposium. She was a featured speaker to more than 300 audience members.

Upper School students have held internships at LIGO at Caltech, Space Radiation Lab at Caltech, USC ISI, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and USC's Keck School of Medicine among others.

 Student Publications:

  1. "Analysis of Candida albicans Biofilm Mechanisms Causing Antifungal Drug Resistance" (unpublished) — Harini Shah
  2. "Comparing Different Plate Types for Identifying CRE" — Maddie Davis