3/9/18—Foxcroft School recently held and participated in Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit. For the first time in the seven-year history of the girls-only, hands-on competition, Foxcroft teams swept the top three places in the high school division. The competition drew 150 girls from 21 schools.
Expedition K2M showcases Foxcroft’s innovative focus on the STEM fields and allows girls to develop collaborative skills and gain confidence in fields so often dominated by boys.
This year, the challenges were centered around the theme, “Poacher, No Poaching”. Competing in teams of three or four, girls took on five different challenges. They used math and physics to create conservatories for pangolins, the most poached species on earth. They used chemistry to distinguish fake and real specimens from a likely illegal animal transaction, and decoded messages to stop poachers. In between the challenges they answered questions and solved problems in an app created by Dr. Maria Evans, Chair of Foxcroft’s STEM Department and Director of Expedition K2M.
“Expedition K2M is the pinnacle of competitive STEM fun for girls. The events are designed to showcase STEM academic areas, biology, chemistry, physics, math, and logic, via creative and active-learning problems,” shared Evans.