STEM lab

A Formula for Success

STEM has become a buzzword in education in recent years, but it has been a part of our DNA long before it was touted as the “next big thing.” Founded as The Princeton Math School, our legacy is inextricably tied to founder John Gale Hun’s firm belief in teaching with a holistic mindset and interdisciplinary approach—tenets of a STEM program.   

While you don’t need to take our Astronomy, The Solar System or Astronomy, The Universe Beyond, to see why STEM helps students shine, we think you’ll want to anyway. See what other courses we offer.

We continue to believe in the transformative power of STEM, but it’s not just lab coats, quadratic formulas, and boiling beakers that make it such a valuable component of a Hun education. In fact, it’s more about how students learn than what they learn that provides the formula for success. Here’s why:

it's interactive

Whether students are measuring and mixing in the chemistry lab or collaborating on the construction of a robot, they’re learning how to work in teams to achieve success. They’re learning communication skills that will serve them well in their futures. Continuous feedback from peers and teachers also means that every student has a voice.

it's problem-based

The very nature of STEM begins with a problem—and that’s a good thing! Solve the puzzle of a math equation. Build something out of nothing. Beginning with a problem encourages students to explore the possibilities, think outside the box, and devise solutions.

it's the process

When students act as engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, they learn to collect and analyze data, investigate problems, and construct solutions, applying what they have learned to real-world situations.

it's all about failure

We want our students to fail. It may sound blasphemous, but empowered learning and creative problem solving doesn’t have a single pre-determined destination. We live in a society that values perfection yet glosses over how meaningful advances are achieved. Perfection is not only unattainable, it’s counterproductive to growing minds and ambitious projects, whether you are a scientist, mathematician, engineer, or all three. Fail often and you won’t be hampered by fear. Fail regularly and you’ll understand how to bounce back. Fail consistently and you’ll learn from your mistakes and draw meaningful conclusions. Failure is the best option—when it comes to education.

careers in stem

It’s not just doctors and chemists. STEM prepares students for exciting careers including:

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Astronaut
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Naturalist
  • Roller Coaster Engineer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Veterinarian

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Ivanka P. '26, Vrritti B. '26, and Alina X. '26

This fall, when Vrritti B. '26, Ivanka P. '26, and Alina X. '26 stepped into the role of captains of The Hun School’s Science Olympiad team, they each had their own vision for the club and themselves. Alina recognized the team’s potential and wanted to provide unlimited support; Ivanka knew the team was passionate and wanted to hone that energy for competitions; and Vrritti had the goal of sharing her passion for STEM with her teammates and friends. 

Read More about Science Olympiad Captains Create the Perfect Equation for Success

Seven years ago Victoria P. ’23 joined the Hun Middle School – she described her younger self as “incredibly shy, scared of everything, and living inside of her comfort zone”. She graduates from The Hun School as a STEM scholar, an advocate for community service, leader of Model UN, and someone who lives life out of their comfort zone. 

Read More about Victoria P. ’23 Pursues Dual Degree in Neuroscience and Engineering with Barnard College and Columbia University

"I’ve always been intrigued by the complexity of the sciences. Without a doubt, the multifaceted layers of biology are infinite, and there is a great deal of scientific information that we have not yet discovered."

Amanda j. '21