RCDS alumna Summer Kitahara '14 recently returned to campus to host a "Lunch & Learn" session for Upper School girls interested in hearing about Summer's path in computer science and her experience as a woman in a traditionally (but increasingly less so!) male dominated field.
Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to design solutions to complex problems.
Our vision: to inspire, engage, and empower a community that fosters innovation, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving within and across the curriculum and co-curriculum.
- To provide unique learning experiences through collaboration.
- To inspire creative, critical, and analytical thinking.
- To inspire an appreciation for and the imagination needed to design, create, and utilize advanced technologies.
- To develop leaders who support one another through collaboration.
- To provide professional learning and resources for educators.
- S.T.E.A.M. in the Curriculum
- Institute Fellowship: Building Participation, Performance, and Confidence in S.T.E.A.M.
- Institute Fellowship: Makerspace Apprenticeship Program
Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in an annual service learning trip to Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA. Heifer International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. Heifer Farm is a working farm that hosts overnight educational programs that combine team building with experiential learning and service activities. The trip is focused on three core components: experiential activities designed to increase the group’s understanding of the global hunger and poverty issues; hands-on service projects around the farm including gardening, maintenance, and livestock chores; and understanding how Heifer’s model produces lasting change in communities around the world while planning for taking social action when the group returns home.
Women in Science Club (WISC), is a student led club in the Upper School that strives to advocate for equal education, exposure, opportunity, and recognition for women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. The unfortunate reality of the science world today is that there is an underrepresentation and lack of recognition for women and minorities in these fields. WISC is working to spread awareness of the gender deficiency that exists in the STEM field. Some of these deficiencies take root in the decreased number of females in Advanced Placement science courses. This is the case both nationally and at RCDS.
The Women in Science Enrichment (WISE) After School Program, which is free of charge, is designed to expose middle school girls to the fascinating world of science through intriguing experiments. The entire program, which will meet once a week from 3:30pm-5pm, will be led by members of the upper school Women in Science Club and a rotation of science department faculty. The experiments, which will be created with the help of faculty, will each target a different field within STEM, such as cosmetic chemistry, DNA fingerprinting using gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction, muscle physiology using electromyograms (EMGs), topics in neuroscience, etc. Each of these experiments will help to ignite the spark for girls in STEM.
The SET (Saturday Enrichment and Tutorial) program is a tuition-free, academic enrichment program whose goal is to improve English literacy skills for 1st-4th grade students. SET is designed to give local public school students extra support during the school year to improve their reading and writing skills. SET classes are taught by a team of trained RCDS Upper School student mentors who use curriculum developed by Lower School faculty members. In addition, SET offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for parents at the same time as the student program. The ESL program is taught be a team of RCDS faculty, staff, parents, and students, and is also offered at no charge. In addition to learning ESL, the adult participants also learn how they can support their children’s literacy skills at home.
The SCOPE (Student-Centered Outreach, Partnership, and Enrichment) program is an after-school academic enrichment program that fosters literacy skills, critical thinking, and self-expression in 4th and 5th grade students. Trained RCDS Upper School volunteers teach all SCOPE classes. Fourth graders use a variety of strategies to analyze a written text, support responses with textual evidence, and write to express their ideas. Fifth graders explore the topic of civil rights while engaging with a wide variety of texts, including short biographies, poetry, and primary documents. The SCOPE curriculum is supplemented by enrichment activities including poetry, visual arts, music, movement, STEM, and journalism.
SiSTEM (Students in STEM) is a tuition-free after-school academic enrichment program focused on developing participants’ skills and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. RCDS Upper School student volunteers teach fifth grade students from local public schools through engaging hands-on activities designed to spark curiosity and excitement.
Pre-K students visited the Rye Nature Center for an experiential learning opportunity! While there, they were able to see (and pet) some of the plants and animals they learned about in their classroom unit on pond ecosystems. Students explored the pond using nets to scoop up organisms that they could then touch, feel, and return to their habitat.
At the Annual Innovation Fair, students and teachers from all three division showcased and celebrated research and innovation.