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.
“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.
On Wednesday, September 25, Foxcroft hosted a group of middle school girls on campus for a “Coding Carnival” — an evening of fun activities meant to get girls engaged and excited about computer science — without actually sitting in front of a computer! Hosting the Coding Carnival presented a great opportunity for Foxcroft’s AP Computer Science (APCS) students to share their knowledge and excitement with younger girls. The event also furthered the mission of Foxcroft’s STEM Department to develop students’ problem-solving skills and to boost their confidence in using and developing a wide range of technologies.
Area middle school girls are invited to attend an evening of carnival-style games and fun as they learn the theory behind programming on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30-8pm.
Foxcroft School and its STEM Department are excited to invite area middle school girls to an evening of carnival-style fun and games designed to encourage and create awareness around one of the fastest-growing career fields: computing. The Coding Carnival will be held Wednesday, September 25 from 5:30-8pm in the Audrey Bruce Currier Library on campus.
Highland, Norwood take high school and middle school competitions
The theme of last Saturday’s Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit was “Pandemics,” but judging from the energy and enthusiasm that pervaded the Athletic/Student Center at the end of the day, everyone felt just fine. Spending the day solving math, science, and logic problems with names like Poison Control and Cure Confusion, it seems, was like a shot in the arm for the 157 girls from 23 schools in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia who participated. Win or lose, everybody had fun!
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.