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 transdisciplinary, 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 grades 10, 11, and 12
This course is an introduction to the fundamental ideas of physics including applications to everyday experiences using concepts, mathematical calculations, and frequent laboratory exercises. In their study of the physical universe, students will delve into many branches of physics, including matter and its motion, the nature of light, sound phenomena, electricity and magnetism. Mathematical calculations are used to enhance and describe ideas that are initially presented at a conceptual level. This course may be used to meet the Physics requirement for AP Biology but may not be used to meet the Physics requirement for AP Chemistry or AP Physics C. Prerequisites: Biology. Corequisites: Must be in Geometry or higher.
PWG I: Forces and Motion (required first course)
PWG: Waves, Light and Sound
PWG: Electricity and Magnetism
1-4 block course; Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
In this investigative, project-based course, students will bring together science, technology, engineering, arts and math as a broad framework for discovery and analysis of the world around them. Students will apply the fundamentals of math, science, and the arts to interdisciplinary, real world challenges which may include but are not limited to electronics, international health issues, business, education, and architecture. Projects will require collaboration with others inside and outside of the Madeira community; documentation of the process of designing, constructing, testing, evaluating, and re-designing solutions to problems; and presentations of final products to a variety of audiences. This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their research and critical thinking skills as they design innovative products and solutions to address common global goals. Prerequisites: None.
*Special note: Each module is an independent course.
Topics in STEAM: Biomimicry
Topics in STEAM : Designing for Access & Abilities
Topics in STEAM: Sustainability
Topics in STEAM: Global Issues
1-block course; Open to grades 10, 11, and 12
A survey class in contemporary topics in digital literacy. Students will investigate topics in rapid prototyping, cloud computing, programming, hardware and digital citizenship while learning critical 21st-century skills and gaining experience with a variety of hands-on technologies. This course will be taught with a blended model, which means students will be interacting with the teacher and each other face-to-face as well as on-line.
Open to grades 10, 11, and 12
September through May (Modules 1 to 6) on Tuesday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Additional hours required for play and musical set builds, tech weeks, and One Acts.
Stagecraft is a year-long, hands-on course in technical theatre and production design. Students will have the opportunity to learn scenic construction and painting, properties and costume construction, lighting and sound engineering principles, and technical drafting for theatre. During the course, students will be actively practicing numerous skills such as logistics, organization, collaboration, and project management. Students will experience a project from sketches to building to deconstruction and along the way will learn to solve problems in creative and collaborative ways. In this manner, the Fall Play, Winter Musical, and One Acts Festival will provide dramatic learning experiences from backstage to the tech booth.
Students who return for multiple years have the opportunity to take on more senior roles in leadership, design, and project management, in addition to learning theater history. These roles and assignments will challenge their creativity and imagination and will be more tailored to the individual as they design and create technical elements for the student-led One Acts Festival. Students who take on this challenge will develop skills in flexibility, collaboration, self-evaluation, leadership, and project management. All students take the course for three academic credits.
*Special note: There is an additional $50 material fee for the third level of this class.
1-block course; Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Students will learn how to use and control a school-supplied 35mm film camera. Both film developing and printing photographs will be taught. The history of photography will be explored as well as the fundamentals of composition. Prerequisites: None.
*Special notes: There is a $50 fee for this class.
1-block course; Open to grades 11 and 12
This course will investigate one or more major scientific challenges facing the world today. Types of topics could include (but are not limited to) climate change, scientific literacy, and education, as well as ethical considerations with emerging technologies. The class is collaborative and project-based culminating in a class-produced product. Prerequisites: None.
Class of 2020 & beyond:
Ms. Freeman, a Madeira alumna, began teaching at Madeira in 1993. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University and a master's degree from John's Hopkins University. She is a Master Teacher in the Science Department and serves as advisor to the Jewish students and families affinity group and faculty advisor for JAM (Judaism at Madeira).
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. Randolph began teaching at Madeira in 2009. She earned a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College.
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.
Stacy Tippens joined Madeira in 2014 as an educational technology specialist. Mrs. Tippens started her career in educational technology in 1997 at a public high school in Omaha, Nebraska and has worked as an information technology specialist for several schools since then, and the Smithsonian Institution. Mrs. Tippens has a passion for teaching others to use technology and a particular interest in video production. She introduced a new pod-casting studio to the Madeira community in 2015. When she's not on campus, Ms. Tippens and her family live in Falls Church, VA and enjoy going to the theater, visiting museums, and experiencing all that the DC metro area has to offer.
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!