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STEM activities in the Lower School include excursions in the Playscape; studying design in nature; a car project with Upper School mentors; catapults, boats, and pulleys; an egg drop; board game design and construction; and continually evolving experience with the Rig-A-Ma-Jig.


At Dexter Southfield STEM is hands-on, project-based, multidisciplinary, iterative education that teaches data-based decision making, critical thinking, teamwork, and creativity. And it’s a lot of fun. The STEM experience is integrated throughout the curriculum in all three divisions, both during the academic day and in the afternoons and evenings.  Much more than applied-science activities, STEM is a way of thinking and doing, which continually emphasizes active inquiry and growth.

Lower School STEM

Students enjoy exploring, playing, and working in astronomy, mechanical engineering and design, electrical engineering and circuits, coding and robotics, photography and optics, applied physics, and HAM radio.

Middle School STEM

In the middle school, the progression continues with computer programming, robotics, rocket science, fractals, high-speed photography, space science, and Arduinos.

Upper School STEM

In the upper school, students have even more opportunities to focus on their particular interests in ever-expanding fields. Elective courses and independent study include astronomy, engineering, programming, MedScience at Harvard Medical School, and research in the Clay Center Observatory.


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