Challenging Students to Think Creatively

Designed to cultivate ingenuity by challenging students to think creatively, strategize and problem-solve, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center hosts programs on Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Computer Science and Zetetics.

Project-Based Model

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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • Zetetics

    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

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  • Zetetics History Bowl

    • Lower Hudson Valley History Bowl: Varsity Division Champions - 2017
    • Hudson Valley History Bowl Championships: Varsity Division Champions - 2018
    • Hudson Valley History Bowl Championships: Junior Varsity Champions - 2017
    • Ranked in the top 30 nationwide in the National History Bowl Championship - 2017, 2018
  • Zetetics Engineering and Robotics

    • Multiple Excellence Awards for best overall team
    • Multiple Design Awards for best engineering and documentation
    • Multiple Judges Awards for special recognition
    • Multiple Tournament Championship Awards, including a state championship
    • Robot Skills Champions
    • Innovate Award for ingenuity and innovation in robot design
    • Honor Award: CREATE U.S. Open National Robotics Championship
  • Zetetics Mathematical Modeling

    • Six consecutive years with at least one team placing in the top 20% of the M3 Challenge, a national competition with more than 1,000 teams participating. In 2013, 2017 and 2018, teams placed in the top 10%.
    • Five consecutive years with at least one team placing in the top 20% of the High School Modeling Competition in Mathematics (HiMCM), an international competition with more than 900 schools participating. In 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018, teams were named international finalist.
    • In 2018, Masters was one of only two teams representing the United States in the International Math Modeling Challenge finishing among the Top 5 teams in the world.
  • Zetetics Computer Science

    • Best Screencast: The Agile Youth Challenge — 2017
    • Finalist: The Agile Youth Challenge — 2015
  • Zetetics Cybersecurity Team

    • Advanced to the CyberPatriot IX State Championships — 2017

Competitions

  • National History Bee and Bowl
  • U.S. History Bee
  • U.S. Geography Olympiad
  • International Geography Bee
  • National Academic Challenge
  • National Academic Quiz Tournaments
  • High School Modeling Competition in Mathematics
  • MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge
  • FIRST Tech Challenge
  • VEX Robotics Competitions
  • USAFA CyberPatriot Competition
  • Lockheed Martin’s Code Quest
  • Agile Youth Challenge
  • Greater New York High School Programming Competition

Headlines

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Recent Student Projects

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  • DrAANK

    Students set out to answer the question, “Why don’t students use the expensive reusable water bottles that their parents buy for them?”The result of the teams’ research was the development of a new type of reusable bottle that meets the design criteria.
  • Simple Soil Personal Composter

    This team of students developed a residential composting system that fragments kitchen waste as well as composts. The entire system is solar powered and needs no human effort outside of loading the mincing hopper.
  • WePool

    WePool is a mobile application for carpooling and ridesharing within affinity groups rather than simply by location.
  • Purpose Fabrics

    Established as a benefit corporation, Purpose Fabrics refurbishes used clothing.

The Masters School

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Tel. (914) 479-6400 Fax. (914) 693-1230