Innovation, Engineering & Entrepreneurship
Innovation, Engineering and Computer Science Programs
Masters’ Innovation, Engineering and Computer Science Programs aim to cultivate ingenuity by challenging students to think creatively, strategize and problem-solve. Our goal is to encourage students to think, do and make, and to foster a cross-disciplinary, entrepreneurial thought process, while developing skills, ideas and character traits.
Through a project-based model, our students build confidence, accumulate hands-on experience, take risks, nurture unconventional talents and tackle real-life challenges.
Our hope is to ingrain in our students the capacity to think creatively and ambitiously, and arm them with the right set of skills to be able to successfully navigate the complex workforce they’ll face in the future.
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center hosts programs on Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Computer Science and Zetetics.
Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship
In Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship, students learn the principles of “design thinking” with a focus on entrepreneurship as a “power for good in the world.” Design thinking is a human-centered approach to creativity and innovation that integrates the needs of society with the requirements for business success. Through dynamic Harkness discussions, students come to understand the mindset of entrepreneurs and how business can drive social change. Additionally, students explore the fundamental principles of finding inspiration, product/service creation and prototyping, implementation in the real world and small-business operational skills.
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center also hosts Masters’ Engineering Program.
Throughout a four-year curriculum, Masters students can earn college credits while they learn about the engineering design process and the common approach to solving engineering problems.
Through individual and collaborative hands-on activities and a project-based learning pedagogy, students solve open-ended problems that require planning, documentation, communication and other advanced professional skills.
Zetetics is an academic enrichment program in both the Middle School and Upper School that focuses on interscholastic team competitions. Zetetics is not just math. While there are traditional math teams, most of the programs are interdisciplinary. Participation in competitive teams is by invitation, nomination or through an application and selection process.
Points of Pride
- Featured on MSG Varsity’s “The Challenge” quiz show -- 2013
- Ranked 3rd in the National Academic Challenge, two other teams placed in the top 10% – 2014
Zetetics Engineering and Robotics
- Excellence Award for Best Overall Team – 2014
- Tournament Champions in the Glen Cove VRC – 2015
- Tournament Champions: Harvey Winter Classic - 2016
- Design Award for Best Engineering and Documentation – 2015
- Judges’ Award: Massapequa's Starstruck VRC Qualifier - 2017
- Semifinalist in the Southern New York State VEX Robotics Championship - 2015, 2016
- Finished 25th out of 400 teams at the 2016 CREATE U.S. Open National Robotics Championship
Zetetics Mathematical Modeling
- Four consecutive years with at least one team placing in the top 15% of the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a national competition with more than 1,000 teams participating. In 2013, one team placed in the top 10%.
- Three consecutive years with at least one team placing in the top 25% of the High School Modeling Competition in Mathematics (HiMCM), an international competition with more than 800 schools participating. In 2013, one team was named a finalist.
Zetetics Computer Science
- Finalist in The Agile Youth Challenge – 2015
- Advanced to the Cyberpatriot IX State Championships - 2017