Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is a significant focus in our schools. From Elementary school to high school, our San Marino public schools have a number of STEM offerings.
San Marino Schools Foundation supporters helped fund STEM programs within the District. One of these programs is the First Lego League at both elementary schools, which SMSF funded supplies for. First Lego League introduces elementary students to real-world engineering challenges by building Lego-based robots. Working in a team environment, students apply real-world math and science concepts, and research challenges facing today’s scientists, all while learning critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.
Another STEM program that is helped funded by the Foundation is the Caltech STEM Research Course at San Marino High School, in which SMSF funds all transportation to and from Caltech. This course is a class unique in its collaboration with research professors at Caltech. Students in this class work together with college-level researchers, observe completed undergraduate presentations of findings in areas of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, and Computer Science, and develop research.
More information on both is below.