Foxcroft’s 12th Annual STEM Challenge Coming on February 25!
Foxcroft will host up to 32 teams of girls on Saturday, February 25, as they compete in the “Be Green” STEM Challenge. Designed for middle and high school students, the competition will see girls from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, participate in challenges around climate change mitigation to keep the global temperature increase to a minimum using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math. Enjoy the video accompanying this article for a fun explanation of the premise and challenges!
Working in teams of four, the girls will rotate through challenges in biology, chemistry, physics, coding, and engineering. A winner will be chosen for each challenge, as well as an overall winning team. In addition, students can answer trivia questions about climate change mitigation to earn raffle tickets and compete for prizes ranging from gift cards to tech devices. Engineers from event sponsor Stryker Corporation, a medical technology company in Leesburg, VA, will host one challenge while Foxcroft’s outstanding STEM faculty have created the others.
High school students may also attend a post-event career panel with female engineers from Stryker, where they can ask questions and get a glimpse of the many things engineers do. Middle school parents and visitors are invited to two informal roundtable sessions while their students compete. The first, featuring Foxcroft Head of School Cathy McGehee, will explore ways of supporting girls in STEM; the second will feature a panel of Stryker engineers sharing their career paths.
The high school competition begins at 8:30am in Foxcroft’s Athletic/Student Center with visiting teams from several schools. Foxcroft will also field teams, one of which will be designated to represent the School in the overall competition. The middle school division will compete in the afternoon.
An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.