STEM at the Upper School
Our students engage in STEM through a variety of elective courses, competition-based clubs, and through a wide-range of interdisciplinary lessons and projects. While STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, we believe that STEM education extends beyond these four areas and that it provides students with the opportunity to develop, practice, and apply different skills. By engaging our students in Design Thinking and hands-on learning, we encourage students to think critically, collaborate with others, take risks, problem solve, and to be innovative.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in programming through our newly launched Center for STEM in Jewish Education (CSJE). The goal of the CSJE is to enhance and support STEM education, and to provide educational resources and opportunities to participate in weekend STEM Challenges and seminars to the CESJDS, and local communities.
Explore details about our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs, our STEM course overview, and specific STEM academic project details to get a glimpse into our Upper School Program.
Girls Who Code
CESJDS inspires, challenges, and encourages girls to develop themselves as scientists and engineers, opening doors to their future. Girls in 5th-8th Grades are invited to explore science, engineering, technology, and math through a Jewish lens in a 4-session after-school club, led by CESJDS nationally award winning faculty, and High School students. Technology is changing everything about the way we live and work, but girls are being left behind. Fewer than 1 in 4 computer scientists are women - and that number is declining. Girls Who Code is changing that.
Cassandra Batson, Upper School STEM Coordinator
Cassandra Batson joined the CESJDS team as a Middle School Science Teacher in the Spring of 2016 and is now our Upper School STEM Coordinator. She has a genuine love for teaching and a true passion for STEM education. Her goal is to make STEM accessible to both students and teachers while immersing them in authentic, innovative experiences and expanding the interdisciplinary work that is already being done at the Upper School. She strives to prepare students for a fast-paced technological world while embracing the values of Judaism and our school.