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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.

LEADERSHIP & CLUBS

Leadership development and opportunities are naturally part of the Middle Level experience. In an all-girls environment, our students are afforded countless opportunities to lead—whether through elected positions in student organizations, clubs or just in their classroom environment. NDP Middle Level students develop into leaders in a variety of ways. 

Student Organizations include: 

  • Student Government
  • Spirit Association
  • STEAM Organization
  • Campus Ministry

Clubs include: 

  • 24 and More (math club)
  • Academic Bowl
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Book Club
  • Scrabble Club
  • Scrapbooking
  • Shalom Club
  • Writing Workshop
  • Yoga

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)  Computer Coding,  Digital Communications,  Forensic Science,  Engineering & Architecture; (Grade 8)  Art Capstone,  3D Printing & Physical Computing,  Hand Bells,  Robotics.

 

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