Follow a few Hewitt kindergarteners as they engage in reading and literacy activities, problem solve in math and science, practice their Spanish language skills, learn new games and sports in physical education, and explore their creative expression in music and art!
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.
- Graphic design and digital art using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
- Digital fabrication such as laser cutting, etching, and milling with wood and plastic
- 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
- Fabrication with sustainable materials such as mycelium and recycled plastic
- Computer science classes that engage students in circuitry, software development, product design and fabrication, and building and programming robots.
Watch this video interview with Gabriella G., Class of 2024, who speaks about the experience of publishing her work in an academic journal.
In this video, three middle school students share what Hewitt Robotics has taught them about building and engineering, teamwork and problem-solving, and collaboration and competition.
Watch this video to learn more about how students in kindergarten through fourth grades tinker, explore, pursue their curiosities, and forge connections across various disciplines in the lower school Innovation Lab.
At Hewitt, students engage in STEM through hands-on, multisensory learning experiences. In this video, second grade scientists explore the real-world concepts of weathering and erosion by creating models and stop-motion movies.
During their minimester, seventh graders were guided by the central question, “Whose voices are heard; whose voices are not?” As they conducted field research, historical investigations, and interviews, students reflected on how different voices have been amplified or quieted throughout history.
First grade engineers conducted field research in Central Park to understand how to make playgrounds more accessible to people with different physical abilities. They then used what they had learned to design scaled versions of inclusive playground equipment such as slides, swings, and monkey bars.
As they wrestled with the real-world question, “What can Hewitt students do to promote a sustainable and accessible transportation system in New York City?” sixth graders engaged with local experts to better understand the challenges and benefits of creating resilient and inclusive transportation systems.
In this video interview, Caroline B., Class of 2022, reflects on the joy and sense of accomplishment she gets from writing code and building apps, and shares how her teachers have supported and encouraged her to pursue her passion for computer science at Hewitt and beyond.
After investigating water pollution through the lenses of equity and social justice, civic engagement, and sustainable engineering, fifth grade change-makers proposed ways for members of the Hewitt community to reduce their unsustainable impacts on freshwater systems.