Computer Science & Engineering courses engage students in learning how to innovate, create, communicate, collaborate, and code. Students are introduced to a variety of tools and coding languages, such as Scratch, HTML, Python, Java, robotics, circuits, laser cutters, and 3D printers. They develop programs and innovate solutions using engineering and human-centered design frameworks. Students think critically and creatively to solve real-world problems, make informed decisions, form engineering habits of mind, and conduct themselves in an ethically responsible way in an ever-evolving world.
Experiences at Kent Place prepare students to become tech-savvy individuals that employ 21st-century skills in creativity and innovation; communication and collaboration; research and information fluency; systems thinking, problem-solving and decision-making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and concepts. These skills identified by ISTE (International Society of Technology Education) are integrated into the course of study to enhance all students’ educational experience.
Evelyn Hanna is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned her doctorate in mathematics education and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Dr. Hanna’s research and teaching explore the intersection of STEM content knowledge, affect, and identity with the goal of advancing equity in STEM. Prior to joining KPS in 2018, Dr. Hanna worked at Princeton University and Rutgers University to advance in- and out-of-classroom opportunities for all students to enhance their STEM-literacy. At KPS, she teaches Upper School math by engaging students in exploring math in interesting contexts. She also serves as the STEM Innovation Chair.
Judith Bianco graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor’s degree in music education and holds a master’s in Instructional Technology from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Mrs. Bianco joined the Kent Place faculty in 2002 after teaching in public schools and The Chubb Institute for technology. She engages students in innovative problem-solving through computer science courses in the Upper School. Mrs. Bianco empowers young women to design computer-based solutions while building their competence, confidence, and connections with one another. In her classes, she integrates mindfulness and movement to help students sustain focus when learning. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Bianco is co-advisor for Ballast, the Upper School newspaper, and advisor for the Computer Science Club. She is also a member of the KPS Wellness Committee and frequently offers Qigong workshops to faculty.
Riddhi Calidas holds a bachelor’s degree in adolescent education from LIU Post and a master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University, in instructional technology and media. She joined Kent Place in 2020 and wants to inspire students in the Middle and Upper Schools to pursue fields in computer science and engineering. She looks forward to teaching electives in STEM, robotics, and computer science..
Kimberly Pearson, the Director of Technology, oversees the technology vision and leads the development and implementation of the schoolwide technology program and campus infrastructure in support of the Kent Place School mission. She received her bachelor’s in education from Bloomsburg University and joined the Kent Place community in 1997. Mrs. Pearson coaches the Upper School Robotics Team.
Sue Tracy is a graduate of The College of New Jersey where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She continued her education at Kean University where she earned her master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum with a thesis on technology in education. Mrs. Tracy joined the Kent Place School faculty in 2001 as the Primary School Technology Coordinator and is currently the Primary School Computer Science and Engineering teacher.
That's our mantra in robotics. Try crazy things, be free with your ideas, and see what happens. If you're going to build the future, you'll need to be a pioneer. –Emma, seventh grade
LEAN INTO DIFFICULTY.
When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
OWN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It's one of the "conversation norms" we have at Kent Place, and it's always resonated with me. Everyone has a different and equally valid perspective to bring to the table—so put yourself out there. –Mary, senior
DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LABEL.
There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
MATH COMES FROM YOU
When you've computed something for yourself, the story is different. The girls here feel like the math is coming from them, rather than from a textbook. You won't hear a Kent Place girl ask, "What answer are they looking for?" The girls are looking for their own answers, and they're on their own path. –Dr. Ralph Pantozzi, Math Teacher
GET READY FOR RIGOROUS WORK.
And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
And when it's time to choose, you're going to know yourself so well, you'll pick the college that's the best fit for you—academically, socially, personally. So don't get tunnel vision. This is your process. Just know that you'll be ready! –Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
SOLVING PROBLEMS IS A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE!
In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade