In recent years, Shipley has dedicated significant resources and increased academic offerings in STEAM subjects across the divisions—and you can help support the program by participating (in person or virtually) in our Paddle Raise for STEAM on Friday evening!
Examples of Shipley’s commitment to STEAM include:
- Lower School’s weekly Innovation Day, which gives students in grades 3-5 the opportunity to construct a project from their own ideas. STEAM projects range from building and testing catapults to developing circuitry sets to light up a cardboard dollhouse.
- Every Middle School student has two STEAM classes per rotation and the curriculum includes coding with Scratch and Arduinos, robotics, 3D design, and engineering.
- In project-based STEAM classes in Upper School, students develop solutions by using an iterative approach and refining their designs until project goals are achieved. Examples of courses include advanced engineering, python, programming, multivariable calculus, and Newtonian mechanics. A state-of-the-art MakerSpace provides areas for collaboration and is home to woodworking materials, a laser engraver, a CNC Router, 3D printers, and many other tools.
- Middle and Upper School each have a Science Olympiad team, both of which qualified to compete in the State Tournament at Juniata College on April 28.
At all levels, the STEAM curriculum aims to expose students to the iterative design process, which begins with brainstorming, then moves to prototyping, building, and analyzing the results, and then starts over to improve on the outcome. Students learn to think creatively, execute their plan, and self-reflect. It’s teaching students how to be thinkers.
The MakerSpace in Upper School came to fruition through the 2015 Paddle Raise which raised over $69,000. This Friday’s Paddle Raise at the Spring Auction will focus on raising funds for a similar space in Middle School.
Please consider raising your paddle to support STEAM at Shipley! If you are unable to attend the Spring Auction but would like to make a gift towards the project, please contact Betsy Block
for additional details.