Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

At MICDS, the design and implementation of an inquiry-based, hands-on STEM curriculum is a strategic priority. The School is further making science, technology, engineering and mathematics a priority and investing in this state-of-the-art facility and curriculum as a way to address the growing gap between students in the U.S. and other developed countries in these core competencies.

At MICDS, we take an inquiry-based approach to teaching math and science. This purposeful shift in curriculum is designed to ensure our students have the foundational knowledge and skills in the STEM disciplines, college-ready critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as the inclination, to tackle the most important challenges facing the world.

Our state-of-the-art STEM building allows MICDS to offer engaging, hands-on, application-based coursework in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as significant research opportunities in these disciplines. The learning space will feature science and math rooms deliberately mixed together, including “clabs” spaces that combine laboratories with traditional classroom space conducive to hands-on learning and opportunities for the curriculum and our community to intersect.

Awards and Recognition

LEED v 3.0 Platinum Certification for Design and Construction
Platinum is the highest level of certification possible from LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a voluntary green building rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which recognizes sustainable building strategies and practices in green building.

By the Engineering News-Record
(K-12 Education Category)

By the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis

By the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC)

MICDS won the 2014 Growing Green Award by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for its STEM curriculum and for building the most advanced STEM teaching facility in the region.
  • Virtual Tour of McDonnell and Brauer Hall
    Welcome to the newest and most innovative addition to the MICDS campus. McDonnell Hall and Brauer Hall will educate generations of MICDS students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  TAKE THE TOUR
  • 2017 St. Louis Area Brain Bee
    The St. Louis Area Brain Bee (SLABB) is a competition for high school students that tests knowledge in neuroscience. Questions come from Brain Facts, a book produced by the Society for Neuroscience. The winner and their chaperone will be sent to the US national Brain Bee.  Students who participate in the Brain Bee will enjoy hands-on brain activities, meet teenagers from other schools and learn more about the science of the brain. The SLABB competition is a great opportunity for students to read cutting-edge science materials and win prizes, research internships, and trips to other Brain Bee competitions. Any high school/home student from grades 9 to 12 is eligible to compete in the St. Louis Area Brain Bee. 

    Saturday Feb 18, 2017           1:00-5:00pm
    McDonnell Hall, Room 361     Washington University Danforth Campus (#69 on this map.)

  • Youth Ocean Conservation Summit February 10-12, 2017
    The Saint Louis Zoo will be hosting the first Midwestern Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on February 10-12, 2017, in order to reach a more inland audience of young people interested in aquatic conservation.

    Age group: For students in grades 6-12
    Dates: February 10-12th, 2017
    Conference Schedule: Click here to see schedule
    • Friday: optional and free icebreaker and networking event, 7-9pm
    • Saturday: main summit activities ($15) –  includes lunch,workshops, student presentations.
    • Saturday night: optional (additional $15) overnight at the Zoo, includes night hike and Washed Ashore art activity. (The overnight is only available for students and chaperones attending the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit). 
    • Sunday morning: optional and free scavenger hunt on Zoo ground
  • STEM Opportunities