SteAm and Maker Education

Innovators, Inventors, Leaders

Research shows that girls have higher interest and persistence rates in STEAM fields when they are afforded ample opportunities to tinker and build. By introducing design challenges in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes starting in the lower school, we prepare our girls to embrace robotics with an eagerness to explore, a willingness to build upon failure, and an openness to constructive feedback. Our K-12 interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to STEAM ensures that Hewitt girls graduate well on their way to becoming the next generation of innovators, inventors, and leaders.

Hewitt students explore, experiment, and play with technology, computer programming, digital fabrication and maker tools, and robotics at every stage of their academic career.


STEAM News

Kindergarteners Explore The Hewitt Community 

Hewitt kindergarteners approach their role as Hewitt's newest community members with fresh eyes, deep curiosity, and lots of enthusiasm. Throughout their first year of school, kindergarteners focus on identity explorations, learning about their larger school community and their own role in that community. 

Maps and Mathematicians

Hewitt fifth graders tapped into their skills as mathematicians, problem solvers, coders, researchers, and writers to plan road trips across the United States. With only a few specific guidelines about budget and mileage, students were encouraged to make independent decisions about routes, finances, food, and lodging as they planned elaborate trip itineraries.

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Faculty member Erik Sommer discusses his summer art installation at Fastnet, an alternative exhibition space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 

Hawks Robotics Teams Head to World Championships!

At The Hewitt School, all middle school students are given the opportunity to learn robotics, and interested girls are encouraged to build on this foundation by participating in our Hawks Robotics elective. 

Feminist Stance: What Do You Stand For?

This March, over 700 members of the Hewitt community, including students, current and incoming families, alumnae, faculty, staff, and Met Museum educators, gathered at The Vinegar Factory to celebrate the opening of Feminist Stance: What Do You Stand For? 

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR STEAM PROGRAM

  • Graphic design and digital art using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Programming in Scratch, JavaScript, and Processing
  • Milling with Carvey
  • 3D printing and design with Tinkercad
  • Tinkering with gears and circuitry
  • Robotics with VEX IQ and Arduino
  • E-textile design with LilyPad
  • Physical computing with Makey Makey and Micro:bit
  • Wood and acrylic cutting and etching
  • Computer science classes in design, circuitry, building, and programming robots, and software creation for computers and virtual reality
Eighth graders assembling computers
Eighth graders assembling computers
A Hewitt upper school student and Mr. Kim draw a crowd at Maker Faire.
A Hewitt upper school student and Mr. Kim draw a crowd at Maker Faire.
Upper school students present  at Maker Faire
Upper school students present at Maker Faire
Hewitt students built their own programmable drawing LogoTurtle robots.
Hewitt students built their own programmable drawing LogoTurtle robots with 3D printed parts, electronics, and breadboard circuitry.
Hewitt Hawks Robotics team at the NYC VEX IQ tournament
Our Hewitt Hawks Robotics team at the NYC VEX IQ tournament