Kent Place second-graders have been studying the people, animals, and geographies of our world’s continents — as they are today and from many years ago — as part of their science and social studies curricula, and this week they went on an exciting field trip that would bring their lessons to life. Equipped with their backpacks, notebooks, and adventurous spirits, the girls visited the Museum of Natural History, in New York City.
Kent Place Celebrates National Engineers Week
Students in all three divisions have been excited to be taking part in activities during National Engineers Week, February 19–25. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Engineers Week highlights careers in engineering and technology and encourages every child to have an engineering experience.
Primary, Middle, and Upper School students are participating in an array of activities — among them those that foster STEM sisterhood — from the chemical engineering of playdough, to circuit board projects, to the science and engineering of lava lamps, to a student-led TREP$ roundtable.
"The hands-on activities are a highlight, particularly those that are cross-divisional. It’s wonderful to see the younger and older students working together on an engineering challenge, all while having fun,” says Maura Crowe, Middle and Upper School science teacher and STEM coordinator. “With our annual celebration of National Engineers Week, the students have the opportunity to continue this bond throughout their years at Kent Place."
National Engineers Week is just another way in which STEM is infused throughout the curriculum. As students travel along their individual STEM pathways, they develop essential competencies for the 21st century — the ability to question, collaborate, think critically, problem-solve, and communicate effectively.
In addition to the weeklong activities, engineering is being highlighted on campus throughout the winter and spring. Students hosted a hackathon on February 11; an all-school robotics showcase is planned for February 27; “Read with a STEM-ist” will take place in the Primary School Library in March; and panel discussions with women in engineering are upcoming in the spring. See the full schedule of activities here.