New Technologies, Real-World Applications

Incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Mathematics - STEAM - has been a main mission of Buckley for years, and with the debut of The Mathematics and Science Building in 2013, students and teachers are better able to engage real-world technologies. No longer solely operating in the abstract, math and science students set to work constructing, manipulating, and inventing their own creations by merging age-old wisdom with new age applications.

Buckely STEAM Program on Campus and Beyond

The Upper School robotics team, the Griffitrons, placed ninth in the world last year, against teams from all over the globe, including Australia, China, Israel, and Taiwan.

Students in the Applied Science program competed in the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair last year, with one student going to the state competition and earning third place for her study on the “Environmental Effect on Health and Study of Nematodes.” Buckley’s other entries included “The Extent and Effect of School Burnout on Adolescents,” and “Drawing Optimization Technology,” the invention of a stippling pen.

A Buckley junior’s submission was chosen by the L.A. Science and Engineering Fair for its theme in 2017. “Lab Coat Heroes”— the concept and logo—donned T-shirts, hats, and other merchandise for sale at the county-wide event in March.

Last year, three Buckley ninth graders placed third at the Project Lead the Way/Chevron Design Challenge. They had six hours to design a Duplo (preschool version of a Lego) box with specific dimensions—with no prior knowledge of the challenge or time to prepare.

At the 2017 California State Science Fair, our science department co-chair and director of STEAM, Dr. Aidyl Gonzalez-Serricchio won the Teacher of the Year award. One of her students nominated her, writing on the application, “Dr. G helped me realize that I not only love science for the intellectual discovery, but for its main objective: to help others.”

STEAM Classes

Inspired by our new facilities, we've added several exciting new electives to our Middle and Upper School course catalog over the past few years, including:

Aerospace Engineering (mathmematics)
Brain and Behavior and Advanced Placement Psychology (science)
Honors Algorithms and Data Structures (computer science)
Introduction to Engineering (science)
Molecular Genetics (science)
Music Composition, Production, and Technology I and II (music)
Video Production I, II, and III (visual arts)


Eco Club
Girls Who Code
Maker Space
Psychology Club
Science Olympiad


List of 5 news stories.

  • Kaylen M. Receives NCWIT Honor

    One of our very own world changers, Kaylen M. ’19, was honored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Affiliate Award Committee as an NCWIT Los Angeles Honorable Mention Award Winner for Aspirations in Computing.
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  • Middle School Students Participate in Science Olympiad

    Our Middle School science Olympians -- Tommy B., Jordyn B., Cameron C., Tucker C., Beckham C., Aidan D., Brooks F., Ben F., Liam G., Luke G., Paul H., Paulina J., Ella S., Sawyer S., and Chloe W. -- participated in a full day of STEM Olympics at the 2019 LA Regional Science Olympiad.
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  • Congratulations, Annika!

    Upper School student Annika R. is now a patent-pending inventor!
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  • Student Dakota G. Launches App

    Last June, Upper School Student Dakota G. was chosen as one of five finalists among thousands of entrants nationwide for Google’s Change the Game Design contest.
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  • Chief Engineer at JPL Shares Wisdom

    JPL chief engineer Beth Fabinsky visited Buckley last week to chat with student mathematicians and scientists.
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