STEAM 9 and 10
Emma offers two transdisciplinary programs for ninth and tenth grades synthesizing science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Both experiences are team-based and make use of digital portfolios.
STEAM 9 runs in the spring semester and is composed of two phases: modules that present model systems, and independent projects that extend one of the modules. STEAM 10 lasts for a year and allows students to deeply explore a given project focus. Both programs involve a culminating experience directed to the entire school community.
STEAM has an extensive history at Emma Willard School. Combining the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, STEAM is a contemporary version of STEM education. At Emma Willard School, STEAM is entirely experiential and has influenced quite a few programs during its tenure on campus.
The Adirondack Youth Climate Summit was held on November 8–9 at The Wild Center, with a team from Emma Green in attendance. Our students presented their STEAM 10 projects and helped develop a Climate Change Plan to bring back to the Emma community.
One of our STEAM 10 teams—Ella D. '25, Nadia M. '25, Olivia B. '25, and Roz K. '25—has been studying invasive fish of New York State.
STEAM 10 students were around campus after dark Tuesday evening, taking in the view from above. They are doing a study of light pollution and wanted to take a look at the Emma Willard School campus from above after dark.
There are many unique qualities the Emma Willard School campus has to offer: the collegiate gothic style designed by the Olmstead Brothers include the tower, many castellations, parapets, finials, spandrels, and buttresses. Alongside these architectural wonders, eyes gaze down at the inner campus from gargoyles, grotesques and, the only living watchers from the grey walls: vultures.