Build a drone and teach students in Nepal to build their own.
Create a solar-powered prosthetic hand.
Improve the aerodynamic efficiency of a wingtip device.
Find a new and conservable source for drinking water.
In the STEM Signature Program, students investigate real-world problems and design solutions through an inquiry-based approach. They learn to ask, imagine, plan, create, present, evaluate and improve as they merge science, technology, engineering and math to create positive change in their community, or in the world.
STEM incites curiosity and inspiration in students, helping them develop the skills and interest to think scientifically, develop adaptability and pose productive questions. A fully-equipped Fabrication Lab and state-of-the-art technology and classes invite students to combine STEM with other disciplines and discover their hidden entrepreneur.
Lower Schoolers explore science in their own STEM classroom and indoor/outdoor lab, sized and equipped to bring lessons to life. Through engineering design, they realize quickly that failure is an essential step to achieving success. They study computer science, robotics and making alongside traditional physical, earth and life sciences.
Middle Schoolers engage in college-level workshops, rocketry, robotics and computing clubs and study 3D design. For year-end Project-Based-Learning challenges, students work in teams on multidisciplinary projects to build space colonies, clean-up the Chesapeake Bay, or eradicate disease.
In Upper School, classes include biology, physics and chemistry alongside Research Design and Methods, Sound Design and Programming, astronomy, food science, marine biology, game design and engineering graphics. The growing Robotics Team hosts an annual regional tournament, and students have opportunities to attend workshops, hear from STEM experts, and code.
Students enrolled in the STEM senior capstone develop an experiment or engineering design project that they work on from beginning proposal through to final presentation. The year-long course requires them to work independently (with the help of their teacher and outside mentors), withstand the inevitable pitfalls of experimentation, and develop the perseverance to see their project to completion and analysis.
“Here, learning isn’t confined to the school curriculum—learning can be anything you want it to be. Bullis teaches this to us every day. This is one of the reasons Bullis is so special.” Alex B. ’18