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. 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.

Mallory Ehlers '19 is interning with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.

"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 ASPIRE Program."

Learn more about the independent student and research opportunities at King. 

Innovation Lab - NEW!

My King Story

3D printing & rocketry lead to 'aha' moment

Spencer Creveling '20

“I started the 3D printing club because I like to see people follow their dreams and create what they want.”

Connecting topics in different disciplines

Elena Gribelyuk '18

“I recognized both the inherent beauty of the discipline as well as its crucial importance to other fields of knowledge.”

Troubleshooting is the best part

Simon Fox '23

“I wanted people to be able to learn how to do the same things, and maybe together we could learn even more.”

STEM IN ACTION

King School's Sammy Hillenmeyer '21 and Joe Winterlich '21 named scholars in prestigious, nationwide Regeneron Science Talent Search

Sammy Hillenmeyer and Joe Winterlich have been recognized among the top 300 scholars in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors.  As scholars, they are in the running to make the top 40 finalists list (to be announced on January 21). 

As students in King's Advanced Science Program for Independent Research and Engineering (ASPIRE), Sammy and Joe are both conducting original, impressive research as interns in a R01-level research laboratory. 

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King students design and build the Quadrics Mobile

JC Fredette '21, Ronnie Harvey '22, Sammy Hillenmeyer '21, Nick Jiang '22, Nadia Kucher '21, and Joaquin Silvani '21 are all studying multivariable calculus with Mathematics Faculty Dr. Laura Toniolo. Recently, these six students had an opportunity to collaborate together to transform the theoretical material they learned in class into an actual product, a Quadrics Mobile. Nadia describes the hands-on project, sharing, "Graphing quadrics in 3D is much more challenging than you would think, so by printing them, we were able to visualize what we had learned. Not only were we able to visualize our quadrics in a physical object, but we had to overcome several obstacles to ultimately balance our quadrics and create a functional mobile."

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Jenna Du Puis, Mathematics Faculty and Middle School Mathematics Coordinator, is in awe of her students. Mrs. Du Puis reflects on the wonder and joy she feels in helping Grade 7 and Grade 8 students learn to think and work as mathematicians and demonstrate their understanding as critical thinkers. Bruno Reinhoefer Ribeiro '26, a Grade 7 student in Mrs. Du Puis' Geometry class, describes the biggest challenge as "using new algorithms such as substitution, same base/same altitude, etc. My favorite thing to learn in this class is probably proofs since they are always logical and satisfying to do." 

Read more about King's Middle School students grow as mathematicians and critical thinkers
King students imagine and construct a vivarium

A unique co-curricular STEM project geared toward life-science is taking place in the Upper School. Students, guided by Acting Chair of the Science Department Nick DeFelice, are constructing a living, biologically cycling ecosystem – a vivarium. Ian Marsh '21 describes his enthusiasm in addressing this challenge, saying, "To be able to help make a habitat for a species that is near endangerment is a great experience that I am so happy to be a part of." 

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King students put their science research skills into practice

Nick DeFelice, Acting Chair of the Science Department, is enthusiastically collaborating with Science faculty across the school to build upon the student experience.  The objective, as Mr. DeFelice describes it, is to "teach students to think and work like scientists, as they engage in expanded opportunities for hands on work that is designed to allow students to ask questions, form hypotheses, design experiments, analyze data, form conclusions, and communicate findings as a way to learn the content and to demonstrate their understanding."  King teachers are coaches, guiding students in their investigations and journey in learning about certain topics of the natural world.

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Skeletons emerge from Grade 7 Honors Biology students' closets, kitchens, and garages

Students were tasked with building a skeleton using only the materials that they had at home. They were required to follow a rubric, which outlined what bones they had to present, the composition inside of bones, the types of tissues that would surround a joint, make two moveable joints and demonstrate their movement, illustrate a fracture and name its type and then show the types of muscles and name them.

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Grade 6 Science resumes class with the same assignment but a new normal

Lindsay Silbereisen, Science Faculty, did her best to bring back some 'norms' to her class last week, during the first week of KingIsHome Remote Learning. "Normally, students arrive to class, sit down, and start their 'Do Now' warm-up question on Google Classroom. The Do Now is intended to review and reinforce content from the previous lesson. Last week, I asked them to do the same but remotely."

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ASPIRE Students Among the Top Ten in at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair!

The week-long fair was slated to occur on March 9-14 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, but the global coronavirus pandemic forced fair directors to convert the fair from a traditional in-person event to a virtual science fair for the students' safety. Collectively, King students had a Top 10 finisher in every category in which we competed and King School occupied 10% of the finalist positions – a truly impressive showing!

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