The STEAM Program
The Betty Wold Johnson STEAM Program offers every student from Pre-K through Grade 12 an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary academic and co-curricular study that focuses on integration, collaboration, innovation and creativity.
An educational approach to teaching and learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry and critical thinking, STEAM is at the heart of the PDS experience. Within four state-of-the-art facilities throughout campus, students engage in problem-based and project-based approaches that help them make connections between classroom lessons and real-world experiences.
Grade-level teachers accompany Lower and Middle School students to the Cook Teaching Kitchen and the Bartlett and Johnston STEAM Centers where they partake in a variety of hands-on projects to acquire a baseline of literacy in STEAM disciplines. Students in the Upper School can continue on with a rigorous program of advanced electives and independent study. By using cutting-edge and emerging technologies to design and convey ideas, our students acquire future-ready skills that benefit them long after they depart PDS.
"The spaces are physical representations of best thinking in teaching and learning. The intentionally designed environment and resources facilitate authentic learning and hands-on skills development that students apply to help them create, problem solve and imagine possibilities."Jason Park, Grade 5-12 Science Department Chair
Science Research Experience Program (REx)
For students with a deep interest in research or laboratory work, the REx program allows for an in-depth independent science study and internship experience in the summer before Grade 12.