STEM IMMERSION

The breadth of knowledge and expertise required of individuals working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is increasing as the skills and problem solving strategies necessary to address the world’s challenges become more interdisciplinary and complex. Today, elementary school, middle school and high school students all must learn both the concepts and content that are typically addressed in core disciplines such as biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science, while also understanding deeply how these disciplines influence one another. King’s PreKindergarten-Grade 12 STEM program encourages the depth of interdisciplinary preparation necessary for college and for success in the 21st century.

All King students are deeply immersed in the study of STEM. Students passionate about STEM can elect to graduate with a Certificate of Distinction in STEM. These STEM scholars pursue challenging courses, club activities, project development and/or research opportunities, culminating with a Capstone Project. Students learn first-hand the real-world skills used by today’s researchers and innovators, such as literature review, experimentation or project design, modeling, data analysis, and information presentation.

Science

Our students learn to think like scientists. Students experience hands-on applications of key ideas that span multiple scientific disciplines, such as energy, matter, weather, space, and changes in nature.

  • Lower School: Students literally get their hands dirty learning the basics of scientific inquiry, and ultimately showcase their accumulated knowledge and skills at the Grade 5 Science Fair.
  • Middle School: Project-based activities teach students experimentation, data collection, analysis, report writing, and presentation.
  • Upper School: Students embrace scientific principles, deepening their inquiry and data collection skills while collaborating in science classes to address real-world problems. Students participate in mentored research, join the STEM Club or 3 Cubed Club and enter national computer science competitions, the Physics Bowl, and the Chemistry Olympiad.

Technology

At King, technology includes the study of computers and computational systems that enhance our students’ critical thinking skills – and we also teach students to use technology as a creative tool.

  • Lower School: Beginning in PreKindergarten, students develop elementary concepts of computer programming while enhancing their fine motor skills using iPads, Scratch programming, and animation software.
  • Middle School: Students dive into courses in Computer Programming and Digital Applications featuring project-based activities using Advanced Scratch and Python programming languages.
  • Upper School: 15 Computer Science and Digital Applications' classes range from Digital Mobile App Development and AP Computer Science to Filmmaking and expose students to sophisticated instrumentation for collecting data and software tools for analyzing data. Students join the Independent Filmmakers Club, and other clubs related to advanced technology.

Engineering

At King, engineering is the application of mathematics, science, technology and practical knowledge to solving societal issues. It brings together research, innovation, design, and construction of structures, machines, tools, systems, components, materials, and processes.

  • Lower School: Students build and program robots and predict their behavior. Students debug systems while requiring robots to perform tasks.
  • Middle School: Students tackle project-based activities such as rocket building, LEGO robotics and 3D printing.
  • Upper School: Engineering experiences teach students skills to solve real-world problems. In the STEM course, students propose, build, and present research and engineering projects, such as creating a transport robot.

Mathematics

King helps students develop a passion for mathematics, in terms of recognizing both the inherent beauty of the discipline as well as its crucial importance to other fields of knowledge.

  • Lower School: The Singapore Math Program provides students with solid skills in numeracy, pattern recognition, and geometric relationships.
  • Middle School: Students deepen their understanding of mathematics including algebra and geometry. Advanced students experience a unique course named Algebra, Number Theory, and Probability (ANTAP). King students score in the top fifth percentile nationwide in both Mathematics Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School (MOEM) and American Math Competition (AMC 8).
  • Upper School: Students choose a variety of courses from Geometry to Multivariable Calculus and beyond, including three AP courses and opportunities for individual, upper level research. The King Math Team excels at both the County and State levels.