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Fuqua's Aviation Class - One of Only a Few Nationwide

Unique Class
Fuqua School partnered with the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) who volunteer their time. This is not a club, it’s an aviation class—one of only a few nationwide. Students who enroll in the class will be able to work under the direction of members of the EAA to construct a Zenith 750, an all-metal, single-engine, two-place airplane. Whether a student dreams of becoming a pilot, or is seeking a hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) course to  Read More

Aviation Class on TV

Yes, a Real Flying Machine—a Single-Engine Zenith Built from a Kit
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STEAM in the Lower School

STEAM Club & More
The development of STEAM-proficient students begins at the lower school level. Children who study STEAM at an early age also develop a variety of skills that are essential for success: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. At Fuqua Lower School, our weekly STEAM Club meets to explore and connect concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Through the STEAM Club, students will explore technology and engineering solutions and appropriately apply the concepts of mathematics in order to understand and address real-life issues, problems, and challenges. As students progress through the program, students will begin to independently integrate STEAM concepts into other disciplines, and be able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, solve real-world problems, and meet real-world challenging while engaging in a meaningful, purposeful, and relevant hands-on inquiry-based, problem-based and/or project-based learning experiences. .

STEAM in the Middle School

Robotics & More
The Fuqua Middle School enhanced their STEAM program in 2016 with the introduction of an extensive robotics unit to the art class. In STEAM, students work with iPads and robotics software to construct robots and program them to complete tasks. Students continue to learn aspects of art and design throughout the year.

Additionally, the eighth grade at Fuqua Middle School continues to partner with Hampden-Sydney College to prepare science projects and defend them. All grades work closely with Longwood University's Science Department to work on experiments that utilize science and mathematics.

STEAM in the Upper School

Agricultural Science & More
Agricultural Science at Fuqua School takes a hands-on approach to learning. Students explore the textures and structures of soil, while learning the importance of soil in agriculture. An understanding of the role of plants in a landscape and the nutrient needs of various plants is covered. Vegetation in farming practices are studied and recognized.

Students are exposed to a variety of farming practices both in the classroom and on local field trips. They learn about tree farms, nursery farming, vegetable farming, beef cattle farming and dairy cow farming. Animal physiology is explored including nutrition needs for livestock and the food sources needed. Animal anatomy and the functions of animal systems are also learned.

Building, Fundraising & Learning

Aviation Beginning in 2015 to Now
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