That Cam Raker '19 has a competitive edge comes as no surprise to King sports fans. A standout hockey player, he also excels in soccer, tennis, and lacrosse. What is less known is his prowess in math. Despite his on-field success, it is in the math department that Cam might shine brightest.
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. Learn about the exciting, new Innovation Lab. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elena Gribelyuk '18, Ali Wheeler '18, and Max Helman '18 earned a STEM Distinction and presented their Capstone work to US students, Faculty, and parents at King's annual STEM Colloquium. Dr. Thomas Castonguay, Chair of the Science Department and Director of STEM, underscores the value of a Capstone experience by explaining, "In effect, students are provided an authentic experience that is characteristic of STEM conducted on a professional level."
When Simon Fox '23 began exploring technology, he started with what he deemed to be an easy task: turning on a light bulb. That task, along with his passion for science, prompted Simon to create the MS Circuitry Club, which brings together like-minded people.
Prior to the Eagles and Patriots taking the field on Sunday, Feb. 4, Grade 6 math students competed head-to-head in a fast paced, high intensity, large scale game of Super Bowl Math. The fun exercise allowed students to solve numerous math problems as individuals and as teams.
How does a large retail chain like Walmart transport their products around the world so effectively? How do the weather stations predict which way the hurricanes will travel? How do facial recognition programs work? Students are able to find the answers to these questions and more this year in the new Linear Algebra and Differential Equations course. King is one of the few schools in the nation that offers a college level Linear Algebra and Differential Equations course for students who have completed AP Calculus BC.
Last summer, Senior Elena Gribelyuk spent eight weeks at the University of Florida as part of a high school science enrichment program. She developed a novel computer algorithm that improves upon the conventional approaches that are used for filtering and enhancing image data.
Grade 12 students are using a combination of mathematics, economics, evolutionary game theory, and computer software to analyze how market bubbles are formed.
In late September, Grade 6 students spent the day at Stamford's Cove Island Park for their first installment of the SoundWaters "Watershed Science Experience" - a cornerstone of the Grade 6 Science program.
At this year's first Annual Upper School Science Fair, students showcased their ability to approach questions scientifically by presenting their hypothesis-driven science experiments to a group of internal and external judges as well as the greater King Community during the two day event in May.
It didn't take long for Kindergarten students to master the programming of their robot, 'Coji' and send it across the table with circular motion and emojis...and lots of laughs.
Nisha Chandra '17 always knew she wanted to be a doctor, but it wasn't until she spent time designing medical drugs with a group of scientists at New York University that she really knew what that entailed.
Much of the material covered in the Grade 8 Conceptual Physical Science (CPS) class, is theoretical. But for some units, like the unit about energy, students get the opportunity to take the concepts learned in class and apply them.
Dry Ice Week, a yearly tradition in the LS Science program, takes place every year around Halloween and offers a teaching opportunity for students to learn about properties of frozen CO2.
There was an excess of Raspberry Pis and a plentiful number of uses. That was reason enough for Eamonn Nugent '19 and Tristan Golden '19 to create the US Computer Hardware Club.
Earlier this year, LS students in Grades 3-5 partnered with a school in Africa to explore electricity accessibility and how something we take for granted every day can be life changing for children in Ghana.