At Saddle River Day School, when we find a way to improve or enhance our student experience, we jump at the chance. So when Laura Hollis, Director of Technology, became aware of Girls Who Code, an innovative program with the mission to close the gender gap in technology education and careers, she and Head of School, Jalaj Desai, set about chartering a Girls Who Code chapter at SRDS for students in grades 3-5.
Technology and STEAM
STEAM integrates the classic sciences of biology, chemistry and physics with the applied sciences of technology and engineering using the languages of art and mathematics. Reflecting real life, STEAM doesn’t segment knowledge into disciplines—it invites students to bring everything they know to bear on a project.
One of our greatest strengths is our ability to anticipate what students need to be successful - and to adapt quickly to meet those needs. Through innovation and individual focus, learning feels challenging and satisfying.
At SRDS, we include state-of-the-art technology in the classroom for the sole purpose of supporting academic excellence. Student outcomes and experiences are at the core of our decisions regarding technology resources and implementing new software and hardware. Prior to integrating new technology in Pre-K-Grade 12 curricula, we ask the questions, "How does this help our students learn?" How can we best prepare them for the changing technology landscape?"
Projections integrate many curricular areas, professions and technologies, and allow for authentic work and assessment that extends beyond school walls. As students engage in research and design and receive feedback from professionals, they develop creative, collaborative, communication and critical thinking skills. They are empowered with a thorough understanding of how to use technology most effectively to achieve their goals.
Francis and Kristen Walsh, current Saddle River Day School parents and residents of Saddle River, have generously matched the $100,000 award. Thanks to the generosity of the Walsh family, the grant funds have been received and the school has been able to expand the innovative programming and academic offerings of its CIE.
Behind the scenes, SRDS Robotics team members are learning valuable, transferable life skills like project management, time management, and teamwork, as they have only a few weeks to get their robots battle-ready after they’ve received the challenge. Design thinking (and re-thinking), and making adjustments and brainstorming solutions in real-time are skills the students hone. Students are learning the gift of failure and resilience, and how to take what they’ve learned and apply it effectively.
TEDx is an international community that allows local organizers to create their own TED-like events. TEDxYouth@SRDS provides a forum where students and community members can share their “ideas worth spreading.”
Aligning with the Saddle River Day School’s mission to encourage students to be intellectual risk takers, SRDS has established Middle and and Upper School Odyssey of the Mind teams this year under the leadership of Science