“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Madame Currie
This year, our students embarked on an exciting journey of investigation and creation during STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Together, students challenged themselves in Design Thinking projects by learning how to empathize, ideate, problem-solve and build. They continued to explore logical thinking and sequencing through coding and found ways to integrate new technologies with everyday problems through maker mash-up sessions.
These activities, combined with the ongoing work in classrooms, has led to the creation of inspirational environments where students have strong positive feelings towards science and math. The girls at RVS are exemplifying this in spades! After surveying 78% of the girls attending the Elementary Campus, the results of how these girls feel about science blew us away:
- 63% of girls are striving for a career that involves science
- 84% feel that they can do a good job in science
- 54% wish that they could do science all day long
Why all this love for science? According to our fearless female RVS scientists, the most common answer is experimentation. They love hands-on challenges and testing their hypotheses. It’s all about sharing ideas with each other, learning through trial and error, and discovering new things. Science is not to be feared but seen as an opportunity to better understand the unknown!
KATHLEEN X. PHELAN
River Valley School Teacher