Summer STEM Program

Spend time with like-minded student engineers, designers, and deep thinkers posing and tackling a real-world problem in the state-of-the-art labs, studios, and maker spaces at Eagle Hill School. 

High school age thinkers will come together to use their unique talents to identify and address a significant need that they see in the world. 

This 12-day program begins with problem-posing sessions led by nationally recognized author and innovator Dr. Tony McCaffrey, using his Brain Swarming techniques as a way for the group to begin to come together around a common research interest.

Working with expert rhetorician and studio director Dr. Matthew Kim and maker-extraordinaire Jim Haupt, a team of twelve student innovators will imagine solutions to their chosen problem, engage in an iterative process of design thinking, and ultimately build a prototype of their solution. 

Student innovators will collaborate on design challenges using a Do-It-With-Others (DIWO) approach that encourages creative confidence and a growth mindset. 

They will learn alongside mentors whose areas of expertise include computer science/coding, writing in the humanities, design thinking, and maker culture. 

Problems to address could include increasing mobility and making prosthetics for pets, developing better building practices for extreme weather, or constructing a building without nails.

Goals of Summer STEM
  • Developing skills in collaboration, teamwork, and cooperative learning
  • Engaging in hands-on, minds-on STEM activities
  • Working with cutting-edge 3D printers and 3D Design software
  • Increasing communication skills – verbal and written
  • Learning to generate ideas using the group method BrainSwarming
  • Creating a solution to a real-world human or global problem
  • Thinking through the marketing and legal aspects of an invention
  • Inspiring careers in STEM

Dates: June 29 – July 10, 2020
Grades: Rising 9-12th graders
Cost: $3,790
Limit 12 students
Students reside on campus
Barbara Corcoran
Shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank"

ABC's Shark Tank shark, Barbara Corcoran, will be on hand to judge the final STEM projects Shark Tank-style, in a rousing presentation of innovation and fun!


If you have any questions, you can reach an admission officer by telephone at 413-477-6000 or by email at admission@eaglehill.school.
P.O. Box 116
242 Old Petersham Road
Hardwick, MA 01037
Phone: 413.477.6000
Fax: 413.477.6837

Eagle Hill School

Eagle Hill School is the premier college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 8-12 with diverse learning profiles, such as ADHD and Dyslexia.