Stimulating opportunities for hands-on learning — for all ages!
Engaging the Community
Foxcroft's STEM program is tailored to our student's interests and learning styles. But did you know we also host events open to the community? Whether solving the mystery of who stole Suzie Foxcroft's identity at The STEM Challenge or learning computer programming in an innovative, hands-on way, eager participants have benefitted from the expertise within our STEM Department and the partnerships we have formed with outside organizations.
Learn more about STEM events at Foxcroft — we hope to see you soon at an upcoming event!
— Kristine Varney, Director of STEM Education
“By introducing girls to the exciting, challenging, and (yes!) fun side of STEM, we hope to help all girls reach their full potential, whether they decide to pursue STEM in the future or not.”
Hosted by Foxcroft's STEM and Admission Departments, our fall computer coding event is an opportunity for middle school girls in the area to get a hands-on lesson in computer programming. With knowledgable STEM faculty leading the workshop and Foxcroft's own students offering help along the way, girls will program their own version of a classic computer game from start to finish. Learning a new skill on the computer has never been more fun!
The STEM Challenge is a girls-only, hands-on STEM competition that brings middle and high school students to Foxcroft for a day of challenging problem-solving. Hosted by Foxcroft's STEM Department, the competition draws nearly 200 students annually from area schools.
Stimulating and fun activities and seminars with professionals from a variety of STEM fields provide our students with important role models and expose them to exciting college and career opportunities.
Foxcroft teams take second and third in the high school division
Madeira School and Immanuel Christian School each claimed the top prize in their respective high school and middle school divisions during the ninth annual STEM Challenge on February 22.
Designed for middle and high school students, the competition saw 160 girls from 21 schools throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to participate in challenges revolving around this year’s theme, “Galaxy Trek,” to restore failing systems onboard a space station and preserve the astronauts’ scientific endeavors.
Saturday’s STEM competition will feature fun challenges, problem-solving, and more!
When the competitors gather Saturday to embark on the ninth annual STEM Challenge, they will set off on a day filled with collaboration, calculations, deductive reasoning, and — above all else — STEM-centric fun!
This year's “Galaxy Trek” theme for Foxcroft's all-girls STEM Challenge is out of this world! Designed for middle and high school students, the competition will see girls from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, participate in challenges revolving around space exploration, using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to restore failing systems onboard a space station and preserve the astronauts’ scientific endeavors.
“If you are interested in economics, finance, business, engineering, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, we have something for you in the space program no matter what your discipline is. We need help, now and in the future,” pitched Brad Johnson of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, who spoke to Foxcroft students just prior to Winter Break about his career, our next mission to the moon, and how they might get involved with the space program.
Last Thursday, we welcomed our first speaker of the year in our STEM Presents speaker series. Bruce Wyman spoke with interested students, including those in the STEM Concentration, about the work of his company, 3D Me, which provides high-quality 3D scanned figures for customers. Mr. Wyman’s talk helped the group better understand 3D printers, a technology we have been using in The Innovation Lab for class and personal projects since the space opened in 2017.
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.