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.

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Technology and STEAM News

Beyond Boundaries: New Saddle River Day Center for Technology & Computer Science (CTCS)   Explores Global Virtual Reality Learning Environments

Typically, when someone references a classroom, we imagine, at the very least, a physical space with walls, windows, a ceiling, desks, and an instructor. But the newest SRDS classroom can be found in a virtual reality headset through the inaugural Virtual Reality Classroom, the first initiative of our new Center for Technology & Computer Science (CTCS), headed by Dr. Kevin Merges, SRDS’s Chief Global Impact Officer.

SRDS Middle School Girls Who Code Chapter is Getting with the Program

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.

SRDS Robotics Program Continues to Teach Valuable Life Skills

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.

Fifth Annual TEDxYouth Virtual Event: 2020 VISION

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.”