The St. Margaret’s STEM fellow is an endowed position charged with paving the future of the expanding STEM curriculum by developing and deepening learning experiences with a strong emphasis on technology and engineering, focusing on robotics, software apps, engineering and entrepreneurship. The fellow is responsible for carefully allocating endowment resources for the betterment of STEM education for students in Preschool through Upper School.
The STEM fellowship fund stands as a physical representation of St. Margaret’s commitment to advance STEM education at St. Margaret’s. The fund was established to provide financial and programmatic resources to be available for the school in perpetuity. We are grateful to our generous community for supporting the importance of STEM at St. Margaret’s.
Appointed in 2014 through an extensive application and review process, Heather Murray is the first STEM fellow in a term that goes through June 2017. Mrs. Murray’s first priority was to implement more interdisciplinary STEM curriculum through integrated projects promoting experiential, project-based learning. In her first year, she integrated the Lower School service themes with a STEM problem-solving project. A second priority is to use Design Thinking to incorporate an engineering methodology to solve a variety of STEM challenges and problems. Highlights from the past year include student challenges utilizing the design thinking process in Lower School to imagine the perfect dining services facility, and in Upper School to design a desirable teenager’s autonomous vehicle.