STEM is a progressive take on science education that incorporates elements of technology, engineering and math. This integrated approach encourages students to find the connections between theses disciplines, instead of viewing them as isolated areas of study. STEM curriculum provides rich opportunities for authentic learning and prepares students for today’s world, where STEM knowledge is in high demand around the globe.
Concepts and Skills
Our curriculum utilizes a hands-on approach to STEM. At each grade level, students are immersed in project-based units that combine the traditional branches of science with principles of technology, engineering and math. Students learn to be scientists and conduct experiments to explain phenomena in the natural world. They also learn to be engineers and design and test innovative solutions to real world problems. As STEM learning is typically open-ended and process-oriented, this is another avenue for Vermont Day School students to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration competencies.
Upper elementary students have a weekly Coding class where they learn the fundamentals of computer programming and computational thinking using innovative tools, such as Ozobot robots, Lego WeDo and Scratch.