Through a variety of creative, collaborative, and practical activities, students are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. STEAM courses include concepts and/or processes used in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
1-block course; Required for all 9th graders.
In this multi-disciplinary, project-based course, students will bring together science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics in the study of topics that might include: Sound, Kinetic Sculptures, Agricultural Design, and Paper Engineering. This course will further develop students’ research and critical thinking skills as well as techniques of measurement and data collection. By using the design process to analyze situations and to problem-solve, students will complete projects that incorporate aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Projects frequently require collaboration both inside and outside of the Madeira community, and presentations of the final products can include a variety of audiences while using multiple presentation media. Prerequisites: None.
3-block course; Open to grade 9 and 10
Students learn to identify angle relationships, scale, proportion, triangle congruence, and similarity, how perpendicular and parallel relationships unify and extend earlier concepts, and how to apply new knowledge to applications in circles, polygons, and right triangles. Students learn how to compute the area of plane figures and apply trigonometric skills to problem-solving in their work with a variety of 2-D shapes. Students will apply principles of algebra with continued practice and reinforcement throughout the year while also demonstrating increasing flexibility with coordinate geometry, building a strong foundation for success in higher mathematics. Prerequisites: Algebra I. For new students a placement test is required.
Class of 2020 & beyond:
Ms. Newman began teaching at Madeira in 2010. She earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Scene Design from Boston University and a Master's degree in Art Education from the University of Florida. She currently teaches Technical Theater, Advanced Theater Production, and STEAM in addition to designing the Fall play and Winter musical.
Ms. Chandra Smith came to Madeira in 2013 with 12+ years developing and teaching curriculum. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with concentration in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Virginia. She has been published in several instructional books for math. Ms. Smith is an accomplished musician, playing the piano, clarinet, and tenor saxophone.
Lauren Roy joined Madeira in 2014 as an education technology specialist after working as the interactive technology director for a private K-8 school in South Florida. In her role, Ms. Roy advises faculty and staff how to incorporate technology into their classes and helps fuel innovative approaches in the classroom. In December 2013, she graduated with honors from Purdue University with a master's in Learning Design and Technology. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of West Florida. Ms. Roy is also the Dorm Director in New Dorm.
Dr. Lee Walker joins us as a Math Teacher this year. A graduate of the Darlington School in Rome GA, Lee attended Centre College earning a BS in Physics. After earning a PhD from the University of Florida, Lee researched Electron Magnetic Resonance to study the energetics of photosynthetic organisms. After leaving the lab, he focused on his framebuilding company (Syndrome Cycles) and coaching swimming. He credits his love for working with kids and that for inspiring him to get back into Academia. After subbing in Science at Madeira last year, he’s happy to be a part of the Math team!