In the Engineers’ Garden, students creatively apply math and science concepts learned through the classroom curriculum. They manipulate specialized life-sized, custom-built equipment to reinforce concepts presented on-line or in textbooks and use technology to develop engineering concepts. Through cooperation, student teams develop leadership as they discover scientific principles at work.
Kindergarten students experience the mechanical advantage of simple machines, play creatively with construction equipment, trains and building blocks. Elementary students have hands-on experiences with buoyancy, pulleys, block and tackle, inclined planes, wheel and axles, levers, gears, volume conversions, and linear, square and cubic measurement. Middle and high school students “discover” mathematical formulas that govern scientific activities. STEM experiences with gears, solar power, electricity, weather equipment, and simple machines are designed for Upper School students. Data from student-designed experiments is collected, analyzed and summarized to formulate functions. Statistical analysis is performed by advanced students.