Language & STEM
$7,300 for residential students
STEM and Language offers courses that focus on the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). These courses are designed for students who have intermediate or advanced proficiency in English language and are interested in improving their technical vocabulary in the fields of STEM. These three electives include Science is Everywhere, Robotics, and Research Writing.
Science is Everywhere
This course is formatted much like Wyoming Seminary’s full year STEM Foundations class. Lessons are designed to investigate concepts in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology through a STEM-based approach which includes hands-on activities and projects. While the concepts and terminology are common to the full-year course, we are careful to avoid the same activities.
Students in our Robotics class work in collaborative groups to design, build, and program autonomous robots. As an introductory and instructional activity to learn about the robotics software, students measure distances, perform calculations, and program their own robot to complete specific assignments. Following this activity, the students are given a number of competitive challenges to complete. Each challenge builds in its complexity and each offers an opportunity to engage in problem solving.
Students in this course are challenged to initiate their own research projects and to come up with practical solutions for this year’s course theme. Past themes have included Recycling, Natural Disasters, and Outer Space. While conducting their research, students need to carefully consider the value of each piece of information and of the source from which it comes. Once students have conducted their research and developed their solutions, they are asked to share their project with their classmates through a presentation. Throughout this process, numerous conferences or meetings occur between the teacher and students.
Students interested in enrolling in our STEM and Language courses must demonstrate intermediate proficiency or above to qualify.
Meet Our Director
John R. Eidam, Jr. is a 1990 graduate of Wyoming Seminary. A member of the full-year faculty since 2010, John currently serves as Director of the Louis Maslow STEM School and teaches fifth-grade science. Also, as part of the Summer at Sem programs, John serves as program director for Summer Explorations on the Lower School campus and coordinates the English Language Institute Summer STEM program.
As STEM director, John strives to inspire STEM thinking, creativity, and innovation through dynamic learning experiences. Dedicated to integrating STEM into the arts and humanities, he is an advocate for helping students develop the right skills to become critical thinkers and problem solvers through interdisciplinary opportunities. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, carpentry, and serving the community as a volunteer firefighter.
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