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STEAM

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. 

Available Courses

Requirements

1 block of STEAM Fundamentals 

Faculty

Sasha Newman

Arts Department Chair, Technical Director

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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.

Joel Wallace, M.D.

Science Teacher

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Dr. Joel Wallace joined the Science Department in 2014 with 11 years of prior experience teaching in independent schools. Mr. Wallace earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Drew University and his MD from New Jersey Medical School. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and taking advantage of Washington, D.C.’s museums. Dr. Wallace is also an opera enthusiast.  

Lauren Roy

Educational Technology Specialist

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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.

Lee Walker, Ph.D

Math Teacher

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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!

Nicholas Bower

Science Teacher

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Nicholas Bower received his B.Sc.in Astrophysics from Brown University and his M.Sc. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon. He spent his first 2 years of research studying biophysics and microfluidics, prior to switching to particle physics. He spent 4 years working with Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, one of the two main particle detectors on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Mr. Bower took a variety of roles within the experiment, from data collection, to SUSY and Dark Matter data analyses. Alongside his research, he spent 2 years teaching college math to inmates at the Rhode Island Men’s Adult Correctional Facility. He is also the JV Volleyball assistant coach.

Kate Scott

STEAM Specialist

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Kate Scott joined Madeira in 2018. She is an inventor, designer, consultant, and avid researcher of technology, fashion, and mass customization of apparel and footwear. Her work in 3D printing and digital fabrication includes prototyping footwear, apparel, 3D printing on fabric, auxetic structures and experimental textiles.

Kate earned a B.F.A. in International Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, a Master Certification in Footwear Innovation from SLEM Innovation and Training Institute for Footwear and Leather Industries, and has successfully completed Master-level coursework at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.