Takiyah, a rising fifth grader from the Horizons at The Ethel Walker School program and a rising fifth grader at Jumoke Academy, explains to first grade students from the Moylan School in Hartford about the dash robot. Takiyah and her classmates coded the dash robot to complete an obstacle course. Looking on is Riley, a rising tenth grader at The Ethel Walker School and a volunteer with the Horizons program. The Moylan students are with the Horizons program at the Westminster School. (contributed photo)
Simsbury, CT - The first ever state-wide Horizons at The Ethel School STEAM Exhibition was held on July 27th at The Ethel Walker School campus in Simsbury. More than 100 students from Horizons’ sites throughout Connecticut joined the 85 young girls participating in the Horizons at The Ethel Walker School program to display their science, technology, engineering, arts and math projects. These public school students showcased the science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills they have acquired during the six-week summer program.
“Being able to come together as a state-wide Horizons community with the intention to collaborate, share discoveries and effectively communicate results is an essential component of the STEAM process,” said Isabel Ceballos, Executive Director of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School. “Our students were so proud of their imaginative projects such as coding their Dash & Dot robots and programming their own arcade games.”
While Horizons at The Ethel Walker School is a year-round program, the daily summer intensive session offers fun, academically-enriching activities to strengthen literacy, math science and technology skills. The Pre-K to 4th graders also enjoy art, sports, music and learning how to swim. All of the girls attend Hartford Public Schools and qualify under federal free/reduced lunch guidelines.
Students and their families travel to Walker’s campus in Simsbury on Saturdays throughout the school year for Saturday Academy before automatically being re-enrolled in the program each summer. Participants remain in the program through eighth grade. The program’s long term commitment to each girl aims at preparing students to enter high school with the knowledge and determination needed to graduate.
The Horizons at The Ethel Walker School program partnered with LEGO to launch the “Hands-on, Minds On Approach to Inspiring Girls’ Interest in STEAM” initiative.
For more information on Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, visit www.ethelwalker.org/horizons or call (860) 408-4309.
The Ethel Walker School is an independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades six through 12 plus a postgraduate year in Simsbury, CT. Since 1911, The Ethel Walker School has excelled at preparing students to make a difference in the world. Members of this diverse community are dedicated to scholarship, the arts, athletics, wellness and service. For more information, visit www.ethelwalker.org or call (860) 408-4467. The Ethel Walker School is located at 230 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury.