At West Nottingham Academy, students develop 21st-century skills that they will need to thrive in college and in the ever-evolving workplace. Innovation is present in all parts of our college-preparatory curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and the geographic hub of innovation on campus is our state-of-the-art 2,500-square-foot Innovation Center.
Standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM describes four overlapping subjects often linked together due to their similarities. With there being a greater need for scientists and engineers in the workforce, STEM is one of the fastest growing disciplines in academia, making it crucial for high schools to keep up with the times. Our continued focus on our Innovation Center and our Independent Study program puts WNA amongst the top STEM high schools as we continue to nurture our students’ desire to pursue independent research within their academics. Keep reading to learn more about how we’ve become one of the best STEM boarding schools.
Our state of the art innovation center puts WNA amongst the best STEM boarding schools, allowing our students to specialize in whatever area of math and science interests them most. Students involved in the STEM independent research program have access to both the Innovation Center and science labs where they can further both their scientific exploration and innovation. Because of all these opportunities, WNA is recognized as one of the best boarding schools for math and science in Maryland. If you have any questions about our STEM independent study opportunities, visit our Independent Study page to learn more or contact our admissions office.
Opened in 2018, the Innovation Center provides resources for students to engage more deeply with classroom content through collaboration and project-based learning. The Innovation Center is fully equipped with professional-level digital media, 3D printers, a podcast studio, and hands-on prototyping equipment.
In the Innovation Center, students make deeper connections with the curriculum and with each other as they collaborate on class projects and extracurricular endeavors and make their ideas come to life.
Each year, students on the robotics team develop the 21st century skills of communication and teamwork and learn technical skills including engineering design and embedded systems programming through competing in the VEX Robotics Competition. Team members of all experience levels collaborate to build a robot from scratch and program it to compete in each season’s game. The team competes at the highest level in the Delmarva region and qualified for the World Championship in 2020.
Students use the equipment in the makerspace, housed in the Innovation Center, for a variety of class projects. Our equipment includes:
The Innovation Center includes a movie studio complete with lights and a green screen, a dedicated podcasting studio, and VIVE virtual reality equipment for exploring places and concepts we can’t physically visit in class. Check out our podcasts The World Won’t Wait: Conversations on Climate Change by the Student Environmental Council and Access Science by the Principles of Science and Engineering class. See some digital projects by WNA students below!
The wood shop, housed in our Innovation Center, is home to a bandsaw, drill press, compound miter saw, belt sander, and many hand tools students work with. The space is used to support a variety of course and campus projects. Check out the videos below of students demonstrating the use of the wood shop.
Every day, in every activity, from the classroom to the playing fields, art studios, and club gatherings, students are exposed to a diverse community of learners from all walks of life.