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

Second Grade Scientists Direct Their Own Learning

To learn about the animals that inhabit our oceans, second graders engaged in an interdisciplinary and multisensory project that invited them to explore marine life as readers, writers, artists, researchers, and public speakers. By directing their own learning at every stage of the project, these young scientists became deeply invested in work that was meaningful to them while developing confidence in their abilities to think critically and independently. 

The Future is Bright for Hewitt Robotics

Whether building a robot from scratch or working alongside a teammate to troubleshoot a pesky programming glitch, students in Hewitt’s middle school robotics program are design-thinkers and problem-solvers who learn from their successes and challenges. 

Learning the Art of Technology Repair with Restart @ Hewitt

Estefania Suquilanda, Hewitt’s lower school tech support specialist, has always had a passion for repairing gadgets. “My goal is to pass on the repair bug to Hewitt students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Whether dealing with a cracked phone screen or an argument with a best friend, knowing how to repair things is an important skill to have.”

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. 

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, VEX EDR, 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
Lower school students built and programmed their own robots using motors, LEDs, tilt sensors, and Lego blocks

Lower school students build and program their own robots using motors, LEDs, tilt sensors, and Lego blocks

Working on a design in the Innovation Lab

Working on a design in the Innovation Lab

In the Innovation Lab, students learn how to use everything from laser cutters to handsaws

In the Innovation Lab, students learn how to use everything from laser cutters to handsaws

Members of our middle school robotics team proudly display their VEX IQ awards

Members of our middle school robotics team proudly display their VEX IQ awards

An upper school student puts the finishing touches on her project

An upper school student puts the finishing touches on her project

Lower school students created weather maps and filmed their own news reports

In an interdisciplinary project involving science, art, and technology, lower school students created weather maps and filmed their own news reports

Restart @ Hewitt teaches students how to repair gadgets and reduce electronic waste

Restart @ Hewitt teaches students how to repair gadgets and reduce electronic waste

A fifth grader watches her design come to life in the Innovation Lab

Watching designs come to life in the Innovation Lab 

Middle school students designed their own computer games, then hosted an arcade for the entire school community

Middle school students designed their own computer games, then hosted an arcade for the entire school community

Our upper school robotics team poses with their robots before heading off to a VEX EDR tournament

Our upper school robotics team poses with their robots before heading off to a VEX EDR tournament