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Castilleja believes that deep learning entails active, hands-on pursuits. The school's vision is for a curriculum that unites engineering, mathematics, physics, design, material science, art, psychology, and other disciplines in a rich framework. Girls in particular benefit from opportunities to apply their ideas to physical constructs, to literally and figuratively get their hands dirty in the pursuit of knowledge, if they are to be properly equipped to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Recent Accomplishments

Casti Senior Finalist in Intel Science Talent Search
CNET, March 6, 2015

Forty of the brightest high school students from around the country are competing in the ultimate science fair, with projects that have the potential to save lives. The winner of the Intel Science Talent Search will be announced Tuesday, March 10, with a million dollars in awards up for grabs. Previous winners have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. CNET's Kara Tsuboi talked to two finalists who hope their projects can help people who are sick.

Engaging Girls in Computer Science


Independent Schools Magazine, Spring 2015

by Ann Greyson

How can schools help inspire and sustain interest in computer science among girls?

Teens stoke their passion for science

Palo Alto Online, July 11, 2014
Castilleja graduate Stephanie Flamen '14, seeks hands-on science experience beyond the classroom at a research laboratory at Stanford University.

DESIGNING Science Research Methods Modules - through which girls can practice critical thinking, data analysis, computing, and programming, as well as learn how to frame problems that need to be solved, treat evidence, design experiments, and communicate results in meaningful ways so they are prepared for work in a laboratory

REDESIGNING our mathematics curriculum so that students to acquire broad mathematical proficiency, demonstrated by clear thinking, strategic inquiry, procedural agility, productive perseverance, and conceptual understanding at every level. Our revised math sequence in the ninth grade allows students to gain the competence and confidence to become more effective communicators, collaborators, and innovators in the 21st century

PLACING 17 girls into meaningful scientific summer internships through the SIP Program at UC Santa Cruz

IMPLEMENTING an iPad Pilot in grades 6-9, where tablets inspire interdisciplinary classroom connections and facilitate curricular innovations at an unprecedented rate; he portability and functionality of iPads positions them to be one of “the next big things” in academic technology, enabling students to think critically, act collaboratively, and learn comprehensively. Peek into iPad happenings in all subject areas with the iPadShowcase website created by Academic Technology Director Jen Gaspar-Santos

OFFERING a robust Computer Science Program, with specialized classes as well as interdisciplinary programming opportunities integrated into other courses;

SECURING a $250,000 Educational Leadership Grant from the Edward. E. Ford Foundation so we can create metrics to evaluate the impact of these STEAM achievements and other curricular innovations

Bourn Idea Lab in the News

May 2015  
Angi Chau writes EdSurge blog post, The Importance of Maker Education for Girls.
June 2014  
EdSurge, writes about Do Design Discover 2014, our two-day workshop on implementing hands-on learning in the classroom. 
May 2013   The Bourn Lab appeared in a story on KGO-SF/ABC7 about women representation Maker Faire!
April 2013   Associated Press interviewed us for a story about women and leadership.
March 2013   BBC visited our lab for their radio piece "What If...the Best Education?"
Nov 2012 Bourn Lab wins the Rambus/KCI Innovation Award!
May 2012 Mercury News did a feature on the opening of the Bourn Lab!

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