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 learn the ins and outs of computers and computer programming. 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.
Run as a virtual event for the first time, Foxcroft’s 10th Annual STEM Challenge drew 48 middle school and 36 high school students from around the country and globe to compete for prizes on February 20. Designed for middle and high school girls, participants used their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math in challenges revolving around this year’s theme of “Code for Good.” This annual challenge showcases Foxcroft's innovative and appealing focus on the STEM fields and allows girls to develop collaborative skills working with others and gain confidence in fields so often dominated by boys.
By Betsy A. ’21, CyberPatriot Club Head and STEM Concentration student
As a part of Foxcroft’s STEM Week, Randi Kieffer spoke with students via Zoom on February 17. Ms. Kieffer is the Managing Vice President of Cyber Operations and Intelligence for Capital One Financial Corporation. She brings a vast array of skills to the table that she uses to manage the 24x7 Cyber Security Operations Center at Capital One. A diverse skill set is something Ms. Kieffer highlighted in her talk. Despite what one might think, communication and soft skills are still vital in STEM fields, especially in order to work up the corporate ladder. Ms. Kieffer spoke about how her high school activities helped to give her a strong foundation in the importance of teamwork and communication.
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.
This year's “Oceans 911” theme for Foxcroft's all-girls STEM Challenge will see girls from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, participate in challenges revolving around ocean issues using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math.
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.