Our STEM program is designed to advance 21st-century teaching and learning at Frankford Friends School. Every student in grades PreK-8 participates in open-ended investigations which help them to build skills in problem solving, communication, teamwork, innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
Our program helps students to make deep cross-curricular connections between STEM and topics studied in core academic subjects. It emphasizes the inquiry process, creativity, and critical thought. Perseverance and resilience are developed by providing open-ended tasks that require students to generate ideas, explore options, and continually revise their thinking.
Our students are taught to look at each experience through a myriad of different lenses – those of engineers, inventors, programmers, teachers, scientists, artists, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs. Frankford Friends School’s commitment to social justice is affirmed as students ask the question, “How can what we learn in STEM benefit others in our community?”
Technology use expands our students’ understanding of the role technologies can play in 21st century communication. Digital literacy skills are taught as a means to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. Throughout their experience, students are introduced to coding, robotics, new media, and opportunities for experimenting with electronic hardware.
Recent units include:
Solar Energy and the Light Within
Fairy Tale Engineering
Marble Roller Coasters