“So, what is your favorite subject? Hope you had fun learning about my school day. Tell me about yours!” exclaimed Paige Travers ’25, an exuberant fourth-grade student on the Short Hills campus. She was just wrapping up one in a series of self-made videos in which she explained, with liberal use of hand gestures, her typical school day, her favorite hobby, and what holiday celebration she most enjoyed. Shortly, the video’s recipient in Kenya, would eagerly receive it and respond in kind with a video of her own.
Any chance they get, Pingry Lower School teachers enrich and enliven the learning experience for their young students by making interdisciplinary connections. They have found that projects involving science, technology, engineering, art, and math—or STEAM disciplines—are the perfect vehicle.
When second grade teacher Mary Ogden learned that a French teacher at Kent Place was partnering with a global educational exchange called Level Up Village to introduce a STEAM experience to his students while connecting with other schoolchildren abroad, she wanted to try it, too. Pingry’s Educational Technology Specialist, Jill Driscoll, then met with him and picked his brain. It seemed like the perfect program. She jumped on it.