The Independence faculty are specifically trained in delivering engineering instruction to elementary and middle school students. As a result, elements of STEM are built in across most academic subject areas.
Students learn to try, fail, and try again.
The use of technology is meaningfully infused into curriculum, providing plenty of opportunities for students to gain and practice skills as creative and innovative problem solvers.
STEM doesn’t exist in a vacuum at Independence. Our students engage in real-world applications.
- Students work as global citizen-scientists, recording and analyzing water data in conjunction with the Stroud Water Research Center.
- They help adapt toy vehicles for children with mobility challenges as part of University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences “GoBabyGo!” initiative.
- And, they explore the brain with UD’s Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science.
Why this approach to STEM?
These hands-on, real-life experiences bring relevance to STEM and establish a strong foundation for our students in important 21st-century skills. When it comes to STEM, Independence students are not only competent, they are confident.
I have two girls who are interested in careers in both science and mathematics. There are a lot of studies that show girls fall off when it comes to wanting careers in science and mathematics, so I wanted a program that lent itself to building that. I think the skills that you’ve developed by studying those disciplines build you as an individual.
Myoshi Aubain, parent
Students develop technology skills, including coding, keyboarding, responsible use of technology, digital media creation and much more.