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At Notre Dame Preparatory School, we take studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to a new level with STEAM: STEM + Art = STEAM.

Research conducted at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), funded by the National Science Foundation, demonstrates the interrelationship between STEM and art education. Creativity is at the core of all STEAM fields, whether it is the creativity involved in research, engineering, design or problem solving.

Of note, the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering named NDP a Top Engineering Source School!

 

What Makes STEAM at NDP Special?  

Notre Dame’s STEAM program creates awareness, sparks interest, and builds confidence in girls for STEAM subjects. Students can pursue STEAM courses while enjoying a comprehensive, liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum, rather than a singular track of classes. With NDP’s mod schedule and unique phasing system, students study in areas that are interesting to them and that appropriately challenge their abilities. In addition, a dedicated Upper Level STEAM Coordinator and a STEAM Center allow students to delve into design-build projects and gain hands-on experience with tools and technology.

NDP graduates serve as online mentors for engineering students, and visiting engineer lecturers complement coursework, leading Middle and Upper Level students in design/build activities as well as providing a glimpse of the opportunity STEAM professions hold for women.

Extracurricular activities, such as the Robotics Club and Student Technology Advisors (STArs), offer hands-on, engaging activities in which students can apply STEAM learning. For example, each year engineering students create theatrical magic when they design and construct sets for the school's annual musicals, including Cinderella, Sister Act, and Bye Bye Birdie!. Outside of the classroom, NDP offers numerous opportunities for real-life learning, including field trips, shadow days, and internships. 

For more information about STEAM at NDP, contact the Admissions Department at admission@notredameprep.com or 410-825-0590.

Core and elective STEAM courses include:

  • Computer Programming  (for freshmen)
  • Introduction to Engineering (for sophomores)
  • Design/Build Engineering (for juniors and seniors)
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, and Advanced Placement (AP) Science Courses
  • Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, and AP Mathematics and Economics Courses
  • Digital Media I, II, and III 
  • Architecture, Digital Photography, and AP Art Courses

NDP maintains STEAM partnerships with numerous organizations, including:

  • Ciena
  • Coty
  • Exelon
  • Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University
  • Knott Mechanical
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Praxis Gaming
  • Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Washington Pediatric Hospital
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Company