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

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. 

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. 

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
Harriet the Hawk supporting Hewitt Robotics at the VEX Robotics Southern State Championships

Harriet the Hawk supporting Hewitt Robotics at the VEX Robotics Southern State Championships

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

An upper school student puts the finishing touches on her project

An upper school student puts the finishing touches on her project

Upper school students present  at Maker Faire
Upper school students present at Maker Faire
Hewitt Robotics was proud to send two teams to this year's VEX World Championships

Hewitt Robotics was proud to send two teams to this year's VEX World Championships

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

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

Eighth graders assembling computers
Eighth graders assembling computers
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.
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.
A fifth grader watches her design come to life in the Innovation Lab

A fifth grader watches her design 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