CSG is committed to encouraging and engaging students’ interest in STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. According to the Department of Commerce, jobs in STEM fields have grown three times as fast as non-STEM fields. And even as girls open new gender gaps in the classroom by outpacing their male peers in nearly every measure of academic success nationwide, fewer pursue college degrees and careers in STEM fields. At CSG we address this discrepancy by assimilating STEM throughout the curriculum. We integrate technology seamlessly with our 1:1 laptop program. Our math, science and engineering classes use a collaborative problem-solving process along with laboratory skills, data analysis techniques, and scientific principles to solve real world problems. Students erase, reconsider, and redesign as they work their way through engineering challenges, compete in Robotics, and conduct independent design challenges. An appreciation for the collaborative nature and human applications of engineering and computing keep our girls engaged in these critical fields and lead many to pursue STEM careers.
Engineering, Design, and 3-D Printers
CSG strives to expose students to engineering and the engineering design process in all divisions. In the PYC, the girls use reverse engineering to investigate objects through observing, sketching, assembling, and reassembling. In the Lower School, students use green-screen technology to create movies on various topics and attend many field trips focusing on engineering and robotics. In the Middle School, students work through engineering challenges in their science classes as well as STEM class in Form VI. In the Upper School, girls can participate in the Fundamentals of Engineering and Design class, which was designed to expose students to the engineering design process, team development, brainstorming, and drawing (CAD) and modeling techniques.
Since 2012, CSG have been to rapid prototyping via the use of 3D-printers (Makerbot Replicator). With a total of six 3-printers on campus, girls from the PYC through Upper School are able to express themselves, demonstrate an idea, model a building or create a prototype in ways heretofore unknown or impossible. Use of the 3D-printers has expanded beyond the engineering classes and robotics teams and they are now being used for projects in other class such as Latin and Astronomy. In the end, 3D-printing is rapidly becoming yet another tool for the girls to use in the learning process.
Columbus School for Girls - The Ohio State University Summer Research Internship Program
Since 2006, high school students from CSG have participated in the Columbus School for Girls / Ohio State University Summer Research Internship Program. The program allows young women who are interested in following a STEM path in college to experience first-hand what it is like to work in a university research lab. This program provides the opportunity for high school girls to work on cutting edge research while developing excitement and enthusiasm for a career in science and engineering. This opportunity is as much learning experience as it is a working experience.
Participation in the program has had a tremendous impact on the students when considered both collectively and individually. Of the participants who have participated in the program, ca. 94% went on to study a STEM field; and 61% of them entered engineering programs, attending such universities as the Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kenyon College, George Washington University, Brown University, University of Michigan, Purdue University and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Inspiring STEM: CSG FIRST Robotics
For years, CSG has prepared young women for future STEM careers. The FIRST program has had a significant impact on CSG and leaves a lasting impression as 31% of our girls venture to college planning to study a STEM-related field.
Spatial Reasoning at CSG
The CSG curriculum allows our girls to encounter many opportunities to build spatial skills.