At Buffalo Seminary, we understand that students must function comfortably in a world that is increasingly digital. Women are perpetually under represented in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & design, mathematics) fields, and as an all-girls school we are particularly well-suited to address the deficit.
Research shows that girls' school graduates are six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology and three times more likely to consider engineering careers compared to girls who attend coed schools.
SEM has been a 1:1 tablet school since 2008. Every student is issued her own computer which is updated to a new model every two years. Teachers receive consistent professional development so that they can access the latest research tools. Students learn to research, manipulate, analyze, and communicate information in a safe, effective, and responsible manner.
In 2014 we added a Research and Information Literacy class for sophomores, and a freshman STEAM Exploration program taught over a year of trimesters: Explore Coding, Explore Engineering, and Explore and Make It.
SEM graduates are well-prepared for a future expanded by opportunities to learn beyond the walls of their classroom, by seamless access to information, and by teachers who appreciate the creative possibilities of computers in the classroom. At SEM, technology is a natural part of teaching and learning.
With the creative use of technology, teachers can promote a more project-based, hands-on approach and easily accommodate different learning styles. Dynamic and engaging teachers will always be the most important component of a SEM education but we're proud of a technology program that gives them additional resources for creative instruction.