Empowering the Future: Dexter's Dedication to STEM
Dexter School champions an integrated STEM approach, embedding computer programming across core subjects and fostering computational thinking in students, inspired by the educational philosophies of Seymour Papert.
In today's rapidly evolving world, a strong foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is more crucial than ever. At Dexter, we're not just keeping pace with this evolution; we're leading the charge. Our unwavering dedication to STEM is evident in every facet of our curriculum, particularly in our innovative approach to integrating computer programming across all core classes.
Integrating Computer Programming: Rather than confining computer programming to standalone courses, we've woven it seamlessly into all our core subjects. Whether it's using algorithms to solve complex math problems, simulating scientific experiments, or analyzing historical data patterns, our students are exposed to the practical applications of programming in real-world scenarios. This integration ensures that our students don't just learn to code; they understand the profound impact of computational solutions across various disciplines.
Developing Computational Thinking: At the heart of our STEM curriculum is the development of computational thinking, a skill that empowers students to tackle problems by breaking them down into manageable parts, identifying patterns, and devising algorithms or solutions. This approach not only enhances their problem-solving skills but also fosters creativity, logical reasoning, and critical thinking.
The Influence of Seymour Papert: Our approach to STEM and computational thinking is deeply influenced by the pioneering work of Seymour Papert. A visionary in the realm of education and technology, Papert believed in the power of computers to revolutionize the learning process. He posited that children could best understand and internalize complex ideas when they're actively engaged in constructing tangible objects in the real world. Drawing from his insights, we've created an environment where students are active participants in their learning journey, using technology as a tool to explore, innovate, and create.
At Dexter, STEM is not just a subject; it's a mindset. We're committed to equipping our students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to navigate and shape the future. Together, let's inspire the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and leaders.