STEM at Tower Hill

Tower Hill provides an interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum of study, from Lower through Upper School. Faculty integrate developmentally appropriate science, technology and math curricula in all three divisions, progressing from activities like basic coding and machine design to computer science and advanced robotics. Hands-on, experiential learning is emphasized, encouraging broad student participation in STEM exploration as well as collaboration, problem-solving and analytical reasoning.

In order to focus our STEM efforts as a school, a director of STEM initiatives, Liz Brown, Ph.D., has been named beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. Future initiatives in STEM education at Tower Hill will expand offerings in student research through intern and externships for Upper School students, bring leaders from STEM fields to all three divisions, and support teacher education and professional development through the creation of Tower Hill STEM Teachers Collaborative.

Examples of STEM education in each division include:

List of 4 items.

  • Lower School

    Science Class: Simple machines, bridge building, LEGO robotics, solar power, wind turbines
    Coding: Monster Code Lab, Tynker, LEGO Digital Design, Scratch and other programs
    Technology Class: Typing Club, Google Drive, website design, video editing
    First Grade STEM Days
    Experiential Outdoor Classroom
    Math Lab
     
  • Middle School

    First LEGO League
    Science Olympiad 
    Math Olympiad 
    8th grade Sigma Math Test
    Technology Class: 3D imaging, CAD design, 3D printing  
    Science Class: LEGO robotics, experiment design, rocketry 
    CO2 car design, woodworking, Stream Watch
     
  • Upper School

    Computer Science: Introduction to Computer Science, Programming and Algorithms, Data Structures, Advanced Computer Science Principles 
    Science electives: Robotics, Engineering Bootcamp, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Organic Chemistry 
    FTC Robotics Club 
    For 9th grade math- Sigma Math Test
    Delaware State Math League grades 10-12 
    Tower Term: Escape Room, Grilling Science, Hackathon, Podcasting, Drones
    Clubs: Girls who Code, Science Olympiad, Astronomy and Astrophotography, So You Wanna be a Doctor?, Robotics Club, Beekeeping Club, Health Professions Club
     
  • Student Projects in Upper School

    Student Desmos Projects 
    String-Art Design in Geometry
    3-D Printing of Coral in Environmental Science and Molecular Shapes and Orbitals in Advanced Chemistry
    Molecule that Changed the World Poster Session
    STEM Writing Challenge

Robotics



Teaching Philosophy

What is STEM education?
STEM education focuses on the intersection and integration of four main areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. At Tower Hill, STEM study is not confined to one classroom or discipline; rather, STEM is weaved through the curriculum of all three divisions. Students learn to make connections between different disciplines and work hands-on in labs and classrooms to explore, test, and develop new ideas about the world. Tower Hill values student-centered learning and empowers teachers to use their unique skills in the classroom to go beyond the textbook and traditional curriculum.

Why focus on STEM education?
We face a global climate crisis, but have also opened the door to unprecedented space exploration; we must grapple with new infectious disease, but also see the potential for cures for cancer and HIV; technology and privacy have never been more at odds, yet we are on the precipice of a quantum computing breakthrough. The “we” in all of these situations will be led not by me, or by you, but by our children; the next generation will be exposed to innovation and explorations we can only imagine, because it will be theirs to make a reality.

What do we believe?
THS STEM believes:
  • All students should be exposed to STEM study starting at an early age.
  • Every student has the ability to be a successful STEM learner.
  • There is art in science and math and there is order in art; artistic expression is a natural consequence of the study STEM fields and should be celebrated and incorporated wherever possible.
  • STEM education should be student-centered, hands-on, and based in best practices of child development and education theories
    • Design pedagogy: Focuses on continual improvement of instruction and delivery, encouraging both teachers and students to think as designers.
    • Integration: STEM study should not remain in silos, either from the teaching or learning perspective. Critical thinking and analytical skills used to solve problems should require integration of skills from many different content areas.  
    • Authentic Task Performance: Hands-on activities should have roots in real-world problems with meaningful, immediate, and actionable outcomes.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Equal access to quality STEM education is paramount. It must be attentive to the cultural and social diversity present in leaders of the field. Students should be encouraged to study STEM leaders from diverse backgrounds, races, genders, and sexual orientations.

STEM Video Playlist



    • Oil Spill Simulation

      Oil Spill Simulation

    • Advanced Robotics

      Advanced Robotics

    • Stream Watch

      Stream Watch

    • Math League

      Math League

    • Astrophotography using Tower Hill

      Astrophotography using Tower Hill's Observatory

    • Boat Building Tower Term

      Boat Building Tower Term

    • 3D Printed Coral

      3D Printed Coral