Grade 8 students tested the laws of physics in May as they presented their Rocket Projects and participated in the Annual Rocket Launch. The Rocket Project/Launch is the finale to the year in Conceptual Physical Science (CPS). CPS is the first detailed introduction to physical science for students, covering concepts in physics and chemistry.
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.
"This experience has definitely impacted me greatly. I am truly motivated by the fact that my own research, though one small step in the overall process, could advance treatments for cancer patients, and I am very excited to continue my research throughout the school year via the AMSR Program."
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.
There were 65 projects from 98 total students and all of them included stringent statistical analyses even at the Grade 9 level, every hypothesis was tested in at least three different ways, and finally, with the inclusion of student projects from the Advanced Math & Science Research (AMSR) program, this year marked the first time that students presented rigorous, high-level research that was performed off-campus in professional laboratories.
Congratulations to the members of our Math Team who competed in the State Competition, which took place on April 4 at Haddam-Killingworth High School. Out of all "Small" schools in the competition - there are 22 schools in this category - King placed second behind Christian Heritage. Also, Cam Raker '19 achieved a perfect score for the second year in a row.
Earlier this month, Grade 10 students Ryan Heaton, Sammy Hillenmeyer, and Alex Lim attended the 13th Annual Machine Learning Symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences where they met employees of Google and leaders in the field of Computer Science from Stanford University, WashU, and other institutions. They were chosen to attend and represent King at this event because their US Science Fair Project involves teaching a robot to learn and solve a maze on its own.
Students in Dr. Zoubek's Archeology class spent Tuesday morning conducting a field walk on the baseball field grass area to hone their skills in evaluating an area for excavation. Dr. Zoubek's Archeology class is one of many courses in the Upper School that go beyond the scope of the Advanced Placement program and conduct college-level work.
The student became the teacher on Wednesday night as three US students guided guests through the new Innovation Lab and provided instruction on the equipment. The event served as the grand opening of the Lab and included a ribbon cutting ceremony and donor appreciation reception for a group of faculty, students, and donors.
Portia's project last summer involved investigating LDH inhibition and how it affects the growth of cancer cells and she is working to identify a reporter gene with specific features that will allow for easier imaging of cancer cells. She is currently working in the Blasberg Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Portia is one of four students taking part in the new Advanced Math & Science Research (AMSR) Program at the King this year.
Earlier this month, the Upper School Environmental Sustainability Club spent the day at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk to interact with the exhibits and be exposed to many animals who are effected by human impacts in Long Island Sound.
Students learned about water in the region, including rivers, the Long Island Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean, and how people use water in the Stamford area. They surveyed their families on how they use water at home and interviewed the kitchen staff and other faculty members on how they use water at King. The next step in the unit was their field trip to the Stamford Water Treatment Facility earlier this week.
Ashley Xu '19 is one of four students selected this year to participate in the new Advanced Math and Science Research (AMSR) Program, which includes an off-campus internship in an R01-level research laboratory and an accompanying course on the fundamentals of scientific research. Ashley, who started King in PreKindergarten, was accepted EDI to Northwestern University and plans to pursue this field of research in college.