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Innovation lies where science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) come together. At The Bishop Strachan School STEAM-driven projects encourage our students to see a world that isn’t divided into subjects, and seek solutions where creativity and the sciences intersect.

BSS student stringing her guitar

The technology behind beautiful music

From research, to hand drawn templates, to computer aided design to laser-cutters and tools, this project took Grade 11 students through the step-by-step process of designing their own instruments. By combining elements of design, technology, engineering and music, “Make it Ring” champions the intersection of science and art.

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Harnessing blockchain for social good

The BSS Blockchain Hackathon offered a unique opportunity for our Senior School students to get hands-on experience with the technological tool on track to disrupt multiple industries. Students identified a real-world problem they wanted to solve and then worked in teams to develop an app using the Blockchain technology platform, Ethereum.

Students coding shapes

Discovering how art and design shape the everyday

Our Grade 3 students explored a wide variety of tools, digital and physical, as they designed and built chairs. Exploring the principles of design, they sketched their ideas and built preliminary models using everything from plasticine to 3D-modeling software. Finally, they constructed and presented a life-size final prototype.

Apple Distinguished School

BSS was named an Apple Distinguished School last fall, when Apple staff presented a plaque and sign at Senior School Chapel, telling the girls it was the innovative approach to learning at BSS that inspired this recognition. BSS produced an iBook called BSS Best Practices as part of our submission process to Apple, which is available for download on iTunes.

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Math @BSS

We just can’t help loving math. So we introduce it to the youngest minds in the most interesting ways. Which means generations of girls grow up loving it too. And excelling in it. We have an appealing range of math courses in Junior, Middle and Senior School to choose from – for girls who need extra attention to master the concepts and for those who want greater and greater challenges, like Grade 5 student Ifan Zhao, top Canadian scorer in the Mathetmatica Centrum Contest, and grad Jenny Li, who earned a perfect score on her Advanced Placement (AP) Microeconomics Exam in Grade 12. 

To have an outstanding math program, you need outstanding teachers. Here are just two:

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