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STEAM, IDT, and More!

Notre Dame Prep offers middle school-specific programs which tap into our students' creativity, desire to learn, and enthusiasm, all within a framework designed to nurture, encourage, and challenge.

STEAM PROGRAM

Creative problem solving, hands-on learning, and multi-sensory activities come together in NDP’s Middle Level Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program. In a newly create Innovation Lab, students develop 21st-century learning skills, connect information across subjects and learn about possible STEAM careers for women. Leading this program is a designated Middle Level STEAM coordinator and enthusiastic, talented faculty who work collaboratively to make learning meaningful and fun. STEAM opportunities complement NDP’s already strong foundation in Middle Level science, math and art.

AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

After-School Enrichment programs are offered to allow students the opportunity to exercise their creative energy in new venues. Programs are offered during each  season and are held after school on assigned days from 3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m. After-school programs include musical theatre, as well as clubs, such as Afternoon Tea, Art Club, Book Club, Blazer Broadcasts, "Boote" Camp (exercise),  Math 24, Scrabble Club, Scrapbooking, Shalom Club, Writing Club, and Yoga. Student Organizations include: Campus Ministry, Spirit Association, Student Government, and STEAM Association.

INNOVATE & DESIGN TIME (IDT)

Providing hands-on, project-based learning opportunities in STEAM, Innovate & Design
Time (IDT) is an extension and enrichment of the NDP Middle Level curriculum. All Middle
Level students participate in these non-graded classes, which are planned to foster
collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Courses this year include: (Grade 6)  Digital Design, Logic & Games, Technology, World Music; (Grade 7)  Coding in Scratch,  Digital Communications,  Forensic Science,  Engineering & Architecture; (Grade 8)  Art Capstone,  3D Printing & Physical Computing,  Hand Bells,  Robotics.

ATHLETICS

Athletics in the Middle Level focuse on skill-building, sportsmanship,
teamwork, team strategies, and fun. We strive for a no-cut policy,
enabling students to build on existing experience or explore a new
athletic interest. NDP offers interscholastic competition in cross
country, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball in the fall; basketball and
soccer in the winter; and lacrosse, softball, and tennis in the spring

Middle Level STEAM Competitions and Activities

  • Doodle4Google annual contest
  • Johns Hopkins University Tower of Power Competition
  • Maryland Math League and Catholic Math League
  • Middle Made Fashion Show
  • NDP Annual Egg Drop Competition
  • "You be the Chemist" Challenge (local and national competition) sponsored by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF)
  • WNDP Video, Sound, and Production Studio (anchoring, camera work, and sound tech)
  • Workshops at Engineer's Club
  • Northrop Grumman's Discover Engineering Program
  • Quarterly STEAM challenges in each grade