STEM at Wildwood
Wildwood’s approach to STEM is inquiry-focused, project-based, and student-centered. Students learn to take risks, engage with scientific thinking and the engineering design process, and build the confidence to apply their understanding to the world’s problems.
Students have the opportunity to broaden and strengthen their STEM skills in a variety of methods, whether taking part in classroom projects, participating in a variety of student clubs, extracurricular opportunities, and summer camps, solving complex real world issues as members of the Institutes at Wildwood, and competing with other schools in local and national engineering and robotics competitions.
Tec D.E.C. (Discover, Explore, Create)
This innovator lab on the elementary campus is a non-traditional learning space designed to encourage design thinking and entrepreneurship in our students. It is a place where they can develop their imaginations as well as their technical skills, in order to become creators and not simply consumers of technology. The Tec D.E.C. is a flexible, multifunctional environment that can transform to enable video production, 3-D design and printing, green screen effects, circuit board building, robotics, and tinkering.
The Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD)
The Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD) is a center of study for students with a strong interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The mission of the Institute is to provide a deep, probing, intellectually stimulating, and challenging STEM curriculum unique to Wildwood that is built around student-centered, hands-on learning opportunities in and of the real world.
The Institute offers a year-round program focused on project-based, collaborative experiences that have relevance today. Starting in 9th grade, WISRD students work together to research and design short- and long term projects and summer experiences that are of interest to them in the following fields: astronomy and space, engineering, electronics computing and coding, and data science.
Off-site public lectures and visiting speakers are cornerstones of the WISRD experience. Institute scholars also receive mentorship from an advisory board with notable scientists from MIT, UCLA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and LMU. The Institute actively partners with research groups such as Southern California Microscopic Society and UCLA’s Plasma Physics Lab. Additionally, Wildwood is an official partner of the Dawn Mission, joining the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MIT, Brown University, and a handful of other institutions working together to gather data for NASA. WISRD students are involved in this effort, collaborating with students across the country in operating a radio telescope and working with noted scientists to collect and disseminate data used by NASA in their studies of the solar system.