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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 Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit or flying a drone for the first time during “Teachers Take Flight,” eager participants have benefitted from the expertise within our STEM Department and the partnerships we have formed with organizations such as K2M, Inc.
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, “Jump Into Game Design” 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!
Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit 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 and sponsored by K2M, Inc., a biomedical firm out of Leesburg, VA, the competition draws nearly 200 students annually from area schools.
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!
Saturday’s STEM competition will feature fun challenges, problem solving, and more!
When the competitors gather Saturday to embark on the eighth annual Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit, they will set off on a day filled with collaboration, calculations, deductive reasoning, and — above all else — STEM-centric fun!
This year,the theme ofFoxcroft School’s all-girls STEM competition, Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit, is sick.
It’s not that it isn’t healthy — the February 23 event is filled to capacity with 40 teams of girls from middle and high schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, scheduled to take part — but the day will revolve around pandemic diseases. And organizers are confident that participants will find that sick, as in awesome.
“Through movies, history class, and even board games, many students are familiar with the outbreaks of various pandemics throughout history, from the bubonic plague to influenza,” says Director of STEM Education and competition director Kristine Varney. “In this year’s event, students can expect fun and exciting challenges where they use their STEM skills to determine the cause of the outbreak, find a cure, and deliver it to the people who need it.”
Exciting things are happening in the STEM Department! "STEM Presents," a new speaker series established this year by Director of STEM Education Kristine Varney, will bring professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math to Foxcroft, where they'll have the opportunity to share their expertise and real-world experience with our students. The first of these presentations took place last Thursday, October 4, when Nigel Mould delved into the physics, computer science, medical, and math applications inherent in the work of his company, Stack Care. Senior Grace C. reports on the event:
On October 4th, we welcomed our first STEM speaker, Mr. Nigel Mould (dad of Cecilia '22), to Foxcroft. In a short session during tutorial, students were able to engage in the world of physics and learn about the applications of motion sensors.
Foxcroft School’s ever-popular Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit was a grand success Saturday, especially for the hosts! For the first time in the seven-year history of the hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math competition especially for girls, Foxcroft teams swept the top three places in the high school division.
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.