Classroom Happenings


Life Science Students Build Functional Body Systems

Students Worked in Teams to Collaborate, Create, and Refine


Upper School Student Group Leads at VCU HealthHacks

Steward students led the pack in the design challenge at VCU’s HealthHacks because of their previous training in design thinking.


Spotlight on the Bryan Innovation Lab

Students in many different classes head to the BIL for interactive activities with a through line of coding.


Psychology, Physiology, and BioMedical Design

Juniors use virtual reality to explore the connection between mind and body.


From RVA Rocks to Steward Rocks

Middle School Oodles and Doodles Club aims to create Steward version of community project #RVARocks.


Grade 7 Performs Fiddler on the Roof

Directed by Susan Sanford, the entire seventh-grade class put on an abridged production of classic musical Fiddler on the Roof.


Upper School Students Create Own Versions of Spanish Art

Khadijah Luqman’s Level 4 Spanish students learned about famous Hispanic artists through hands-on creations.


Black History Month Gallery Showcases Steward's Creativity, Compassion

The gallery represents our school’s commitment to honoring diversity and preparing for a brighter future.


Grade 4, 9 Students Partner to Study the Columbian Exchange

Students used programming software Scratch, Makey Makey to create interactive projects about history.


Seniors Give Speeches as Part of Annual Tradition

Each member of the Class of 2018 presenting a speech to a live audience this month.


Lower, Middle School Spanish Students Paint, Send Portraits to Mexico

Grade 3, 4, 7 Spanish students collaborate to write letters, paint portraits for nonprofit organization The Memory Project.


Capturing a Satellite Signal on Camera

Upper School photography students experiment with light, technology to make a satellite signal visible.


Middle School Reimagines Classic Poe Tales

Eighth-grade English, science students build interactive dioramas of Edgar Allan Poe stories in new settings.


Grade 4 Experiments with Water Pressure

Katherine Goodpasture’s grade 4 students observe, hypothesize what happens inside a water pump.


Grade 5 Writes About Thanksgiving Traditions

Jane Covington’s fifth-grade students explore the art of storytelling through personal narratives.


Upper School English Explores Nigerian Culture

Grade 10 Honors English makes traditional food, crafts based on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.


Spanish Students Create "Day of the Dead" Kites

Middle School Spanish classes study how Guatemalans celebrate the Day of the Dead.


Fall Favorites: Pumpkins and Apples in JK

What does an apple look like? How would you describe a pumpkin? What makes them grow? JK students can tell you all about this fall favorite!


Middle School Digs Deep into Coding through "Think Tanks"

Middle School students are expanding their coding and computer programming skills through a new series of “think tank” sessions.


Steward's First Ever Drumline to Perform at SpartaFest

Ninth-grade Harrison Gelber’s passion for percussion led him to form a student drumline at Steward.


Grade 4 Classes Collaborate to Write Original Play

Grade 4 students improvised, wrote their own theatrical retelling of the Jamestown settlers’ journey.


Upper School Explores Architecture through Spanish Lens

Honors Spanish III students are challenged to design structures based on the work of famous Spanish architects.


Grade 8 Uses Design Thinking to Create Games

Eric Latourelle’s eighth-grade science students partner with advisory groups to develop unique games.


Taking Reading to the Big Screen

Ninth-grade English students direct movie trailers for summer reading books.


Using Design Thinking to Build Bridges

Fifth-grade students are challenged to construct bridges using limited resources.


Creating Conductive Tattoos

Upper School art students design their own temporary tattoos that control iPhone cameras.


Telling Greek Myths Through Robotics

Second-grade students program handmade characters to present Greek myths.


Taking Writing Step-By-Step

Kindergarten students learn about nonfiction writing by creating “how-to” books.


Making Maps That Talk

Eighth-grade History students create interactive maps to teach users about geography.


Grade 4 Creates Circuited Quilt to Honor Black History

Fourth-grade students incorporate LED technology into a comprehensive art/history project.


Living the Plot of Lord of the Flies

Ninth-grade English students work together as one during hands-on build project.


Science Class Aims for the Sky with Air-Powered Rocket Launch

Eighth-grade students reflect on themes from aviator Barrington Irving’s visit to build, launch rockets.


Preparing for Leah Buechley: Programming with Paper

Middle, Upper School students combine technology with everyday materials in advance of Visiting Innovator event.


Turning Geometry into Art

Ninth-grade math students design geometrical tiles through coding, 3D printing.


Collaborating on a Classic Tale

Seventh-grade students dabble in performance, music, and art to present West Side Story.


Learning the Art of Puppetry

Lower, Upper School students work with Visiting Artist Heidi Rugg to create themed puppets.


Expressing Innovation through Entrepreneurship

Upper School students pitch original products to expert panel in Steward’s Entrepreneurship Forum.


Visualizing Black History

Upper School coordinates contributions to gallery art wall in honor of Black History Month.


Circulation Education

Grade 7 Life Science students design, build representations of the human circulatory system.


Navigating an Outdoor Path

Fifth-grade students familiarize themselves with compasses to complete Bryan Lab scavenger hunt in preparation for Visiting Innovator Barrington Irving.


Promoting Food Sustainability

AP Environmental Science students grow organic microgreens with local company Gourmet Greens.


Creating a New Country

Eighth-grade History students make maps, flags in library makerspace for fictional countries.


Constructive Coursework

Upper School technical theatre students gain real-world skills through hands-on projects.


Overcoming the Odds

Eighth-grade science students construct towers from everyday materials to survive an earthquake.


Observing Nature through Philosophical Lenses

Upper School English classes create discovery centers in connection to study of naturalism.


Building a Twigloo

Grade 5 students construct a willow dome to use as an outlet for outdoor learning and math application.


Bringing Reading to Life With Technology

Middle and Upper School English classes use Library 2.0 to create in response to reading.


Encouraging Civic Participation

Academic divisions promote respect, civility among students through election-themed lessons, activities.


Unleashing Creativity Through Math and Art

Upper School math students design original art by coding with linear equations, inequalities in PixelMath.


Spreading Knowledge through Motion

Fourth-grade students prepare for annual Minds in Motion performance with Richmond Ballet.


Solving Modern Health Problems

A team of Upper School students lead by Shane Diller built a concussion-detecting helment at VCU HealthHacks.


New Forms of Musical Expression

SpartaFest band, choir concert will incorporate music improvisation concepts learned in class.


Middle School Community Week Promotes Engagement, Service

Students in grades 6-8 participate in teambuilding activities throughout Virginia.


Supporting the Monarch Migration

Grade 2 students build a monarch butterfly waystation to support their hibernation journey.


Collaborations in Science and Marketing

Upper School Design and Innovation students launch campaign to represent new “Library 2.0.”


Trading Spaces: From Spain to Richmond

Spanish exchange students experience American culture while living with Steward Upper Schoolers.


Reinventing the Game of Chess

Shane Diller leads Bryan Lab Ambassadors to create interactive chessboard using LED, Arduino technology.


A Scientific View of Hiroshima

AP, Honors Chemistry students explore the impact of the atomic bomb through scientific, cultural, and historical lenses.


Visualizing Melodies

International poster contest honors artwork by Lower School music students.


Imagining in Different Languages

Lower, Middle School students collaborate to create illustrated children’s books in Spanish.


Researching the Path to Freedom

Fifth graders incorporate art, technology to complete study of Underground Railroad.


Teaching Lessons in Empathy

Seventh-grade collaboration spotlights challenges facing migrant workers through study of The Circuit.


Spreading the Wealth

Tenth-grade World Studies project encourages creativity with focus on international business.


Lighting the Way

Fourth-graders build circuits, tour Bryan Lab to gain broader understanding of electricity.


Making Music Around the World

Sixth-grade chorus students experience new cultures through multi-faceted research project.


Math Goes Digital

Lisa Moore uses technology to promote student engagement in math lessons.


Tackling Global Issues

English students apply scientific systems to conceptualize for English essay.


Building to Scale

Eric Latourelle encourages creativity, independence for student design projects.


Putting Mathematics Into Action

Senior Statistics students bring probability to life with Math Carnival.


Learning Economics Early

Fourth-graders design, sell original products in multi-part study of economics.


Planting Seeds of Change

Grade 7 science teachers use Virginia Tech plant project to teach human genetics.




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