Advanced STEM Research to be Offered in the 2020-2021 Academic Year

For the 2020-2021 school year, Northwood School will introduce the Advanced Scholar Programs that will encourage achievement and accelerated instruction to high-performing students.

The first program to be offered, Advanced STEM Research, will provide a platform to engage in independent research within the fields of biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences and engineering. Students with a deep interest in scientific discovery will have the ability to design and implement their own research projects throughout this year-long honors-level course.  By engaging in literature research, generating a testable hypothesis, implementing an experiment and analyzing the results, students will develop the mastery to critically think about the scientific world. Formal presentations, or publications, of the results at the end of the year will further develop the students’ communication and critical thinking skills.

“We are very excited to provide a catalyst of encouragement for Northwood students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” states Jill Walker, Dean of Faculty, Science & Math Faculty.

Enrolled students must hold an interest in problem solving and a deep desire to conduct independent research.  Depending on the students’ interests, mentorships with regional scientists may be arranged to support the student with expert advice and exposure to a higher level of academic engagement.  Placing a special emphasis on research directly related to systems within the Adirondack Park will further develop the relationship between Northwood School and the community and foster with these young scientists a deeper awareness of their living environment.

“The new Advanced Scholar Programs, alongside the official opening of the Innovation Hub at Northwood School, fortifies our commitment to excellence in academics,” states Michael Maher, Head of School. “Our talented and accomplished faculty are poised to teach and inspire an interest in advanced thinking.”


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