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STEM

Innovate, Design, Engineer, Apply

For future success in school and careers, students learn through an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates design thinking. Our STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program encourages students to understand problems, brainstorm ideas, and develop prototypes of their recommended solutions.  They embrace their mistakes, learn from negative outcomes, and work to improve in the future.

IDEA Lab
The IDEA Lab is modeled after the Thinkabit Lab at Qualcomm. The IDEA Lab is a space where students in 2nd through 8th grade use the design process to create, manipulate, collaborate and innovate. This makerspace environment enables Rhoades School students to use professional tools such as a 3D printer, laptop computers, iPads®, breadboards, circuitry, EV3 Lego Mindstorms, etc., that prepare them for careers in STEM fields.

Music & Recording Studio
In our music and recording studio students use MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) to write, compose and record their own music. Students use Yamaha keyboards, Cubase software and computers or iPads® to edit their music. This technology not only serves students in music classes but also benefits students in other disciplines as they create podcasts, radio plays, films and documentaries to demonstrate their understanding of a vast array of topics.

Technology Rich Environment
Kindergarten through third grade students have iPads® available for independent and group work using a variety of apps that support all content areas. Our 1:1 program for students in 4th through 8th grade focuses on using technological tools to support student centered and collaborative learning tasks that could not be accomplished without the use of technology. Fourth and fifth grade students are each assigned an iPad® for use at school. Middle school students (grades 6-8) are each assigned an iPad® that may be used both at school and home.  With access to various technologies, our students will continue to practice the valuable skills of creativity, team work, communication, critical thinking, self-reflection and global citizenship.

Student Awards in STEM

Math Competitions
Rhoades students participate in many math competitions throughout the year. Some highlights include national awards for American Mathematics Competitions 8 (AMC8), top 25% team results in MathCounts, national awards in Math Kangaroo and top 5% in Math Olympians for Elementary Schools (MOEMS).

Science Fair
Each year our Science Fair showcases student work from kindergarten through eighth grade. Families can participate in interactive experiments and activities in the primary grades and older students present their projects to interested audiences. Each year many of our students participate in the Greater San Diego County Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF), often sweeping many of the first place awards and acquiring a myriad of professional awards.

  • In 2017, twelve of the 99 students selected in grades 7-12 to compete at the California State Science Fair were seventh and eighth grade students from The Rhoades School.
  • In 2016, seventeen of the 99 students selected in grades 7-12 to compete at the California State Science Fair were seventh and eighth grade students from The Rhoades School. At the county level, Rhoades Students earned 26 First Place Awards, 4 Second Place Awards, 5 Third Place Awards and 1 Fourth Place Award. Rhoades students also won 23 professional awards including the Zoo Global Award and the Sweepstakes Runner Up Award.
  • In 2015, eighteen of the 97 students selected in grades 7-12 to compete at the California State Science Fair were seventh and eighth grade students from The Rhoades School. At the county level, Rhoades students earned 21 First Place Awards, 4 Second Place Awards and 3 Third Place Awards. Rhoades students also won 21 professional awards including the prestigious Zoo Global Award and Sweepstakes Award. As students advanced to the California State Science Fair, Rhoades students continued to excel winning 2 First Place, 2 Second Place and 1 First Place Awards.
  • In 2014, two students were nominated as Broadcom Masters (National) finalists with Daniel Bruce ultimately winning Second Place for his project Flight Initiation Distance: Human Presence Impacts on Lagoon Bird Response.

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