Mobile science lab sparks curiosity in Hawthorn students

I see red! I see green! I see purple! Sporting virtual reality headsets, a group of seventh-graders from Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, are sharing the different colors they see as they take a virtual tour of brain cells. “I haven’t experienced anything like this before,” Cailyn McGraw says. “Seeing the cells and the cells […]

Hawthorn InvestiGirls program takes homework help to next level

(February 19, 2018 by Diane Toroian Keaggy) Seventh-grader Michelle Kenton is not like a lot of her classmates. At Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, a school where many students are good readers, Kenton admits that she gets nervous reading aloud. But she loves math, often besting her peers on tests and assignments. Hawthorn InvestiGirls, an after-school […]

Hawthorn teacher named PBS Digital Innovator

Growing up, Andrea Woods was the person everybody in her family turned to for technology issues –  whether it was setting up the VCR to record or finding her grandmother’s favorite radio station in the car. That early problem solving experience laid the foundation for what has become her life’s passion – educational technology or […]

Heroes and monsters: experiencing the classics

For many professors at Washington University in St. Louis, the passion they have for their area of study started at a young age. A simple experience along the way caught their interest, and that interest stuck. Professor Timothy Moore in the Classics Department in the School of Arts & Sciences says that middle school is […]

New grant program announced for St. Louis teachers

In a morning assembly full of science and just a hint of magic, German science and technology company Merck KGaA announced a new grant program for teachers in the St. Louis area. The morning began with Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton dazzling students at KIPP Inspire Academy with a magical display of chemistry and ended […]

Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, region’s first all-girls charter school, launches with help from Washington University

Program puts the ‘E’ in STEM education with innovative engineering curriculum Launching this month, Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls will offer sixth and seventh-grade girls a rigorous education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). But Hawthorn’s curriculum covers more than formulas and algorithms, said founder Mary Danforth Stillman. “What makes us unique is not […]

New school claims its place

In a beautiful, old building on N. Kingshighway in north St. Louis, a new school will leave its mark on Missouri history. Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, has set its sights on an old school building in the Kingsway West neighborhood as the spot for Missouri’s first, […]

KIPP Inspire/WUSTL partnership forges path to college for underserved students

In Brenice Lewis’ fifth-grade science classroom at KIPP Inspire Academy in South St. Louis City, a bright menagerie of jungle animals peers down over college logos and a collection of you-can-do-it! signs. One, above the door, signals to all who enter that “future doctors, presidents, curers of diseases, famous authors…” are busy preparing for their […]

Gateway STEM students finish AP prep with visit to campus

A field trip to WUSTL’s Danforth Campus April 2 was the culminating activity for local high school students in the AP Prep Program, a WUSTL volunteer tutoring program sponsored by K-12 Connections. Ten undergraduate students regularly visited Gateway STEM High School during the spring semester. For two hours per week over six weeks, 35 Gateway […]