Middle School STEM Curriculum

Developing Foundations

Middle School STEM focuses on “Developing Foundations”. In our rigorous math and science curricula, we emphasize the fundamentals and begin to bridge to a higher level of STEM thinking. We introduce the engineering design process and scientific thinking skills early and continue to cultivate those concepts throughout the program. Technology is fully integrated throughout our STEM programs, including our 1:1 laptop program for students in grades 5-12 and our state of the art Design Den which is a fully equipped makerspace for girls to experiment with 3D printers, Epilog Laser Cutters, and a variety of other tools. Coding is first introduced in 5th and 6th grades with mini-projects. In 7th grade students expand to programming and building Lego Mindstorm® Robots, leading to more advanced coding in 8th grade that focuses on website and app design. In our 8th grade STEM Skills Workshop all girls develop the 3D spatial skills necessary to close the STEM gender gap.

STEM Curricular, Co-curricular, and Extracurricular Activities

Mathematics

Middle School mathematics stresses performance in the basic operations using natural through real numbers and proficiency in working with percentages, fractions and decimals. 

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The Middle School science program is designed to encourage wonder, teach scientific skills, and facilitate experiment-based inquiry and the engineering design process.

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Coding

In the Harpeth Hall Middle School, we believe in teaching computer science because it empowers our girls to solve current and future problems through perseverance, collaboration, and innovative solutions.  Our students develop the tools needed to be productive digital citizens rather than passive users of technology.

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