For some it’s building a hovercraft. For others, it’s examining aquatic life while paddling on the Sudbury River. No matter what drives students to explore our world, there’s a way to engage deeply through the sciences here at Concord Academy. Whether we’re running a student-designed chemistry experiment in the lab or debating the findings of a journal article, we involve students in a dynamic process of questioning and investigation.
We know that science is best learned by doing. At CA, our rigorous core curriculum combines hands-on, interactive lab activities and research opportunities with innovative theoretical approaches. Building on foundational courses in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics, students have options to delve deeper into college-level work and specialty fields from engineering design to sustainability management to electromagnetic theory. Outside the classroom, our DEMONs group (which stands for dreamers, engineers, mechanics, and overt nerds) is a creative force on campus, and our InSPIRE program allows students interested in research careers to intern at Boston’s cutting-edge labs and engineering firms.
Beginning in the fall of 2016–17, Concord Academy’s commitment to fostering creative thinking will be embodied in our new CA Labs facility. Currently under construction, this center for interdisciplinary exploration will double the science classroom space and house a dedicated fabrication lab for our 3D printer and other makerspace tools. With a green roof and sustainable design, the building itself will be a learning tool — for observation and inference, real-world analysis, and unlimited exploration. We think of it as home for our future innovators and entrepreneurs.