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