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 created 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 STEAM director and enthusiastic, talented faculty who work collaboratively to make learning meaningful and fun. STEAM opportunities complement NDP’s already strong foundation in Middle Level art, math, and science.
The interdisciplinary nature of Middle Level STEAM fully prepares middle schoolers for work at the high school level.
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, communication, 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) Technology & Digital Citizenship, 3D Printing & Physical Computing, Hand Bells, Robotics.
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 the Engineer's Club
Northrop Grumman's Discover Engineering Program
Quarterly STEAM challenges in each grade
Middle Level Counseling
The middle school counselor meets with the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students in a classroom setting each week. The curriculum includes developmentally appropriate discussion topics such as adjustment to middle school, issues of early adolescence, academic support, and general concerns. A learning resource specialist supports students who have documented learning disabilities and/or who are experiencing academic difficulties in more than one subject.
Middle Level Advisory
Traditionally, classes are smaller in the Middle Level, and each student is assigned an Advisory, which serves as the student’s “home base” and offers developmentally appropriate activities and conversations, as well as fun events and traditions. Some Advisory activities include:
Service projects, such as collections for Christmas families and sandwich making for area homeless shelters
Celebrating NDP traditions, including Field Day Songs, Halloween Prade, and ornament making for Tree Trim event