At the 2018 Science Symposium, students presented their research.
At the 2018 Science Symposium, students presented research done at Riverdale and at other New York institutions.


Students can pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math in the classroom and beyond. Extensive course offerings are available in each discipline. Students have research opportunities through the Summer Science Research Program, the summer astrophysics program, independent studies, and senior projects. They attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, present their findings at science fairs, and publish papers. Students participate in computer science through coursework, mini-courses, and student activities. The capstone course for seniors challenges students to identify a problem and design a solution. In 2018-2019, students developed an app to encourage voter registration and engagement. Design thinking and engineering are part of the computer science department and the visual arts department’s Lindy Lab, a maker space where students have pursued independent studies involving building drones, designing a go-kart, and building a geodesic dome. For many students, STEM goes hand in hand with real-world problems and interdisciplinary thinking leads to new ideas.

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From left: Jacob Katz, Knut Vanderbush, Obioha ChijiokeThree Riverdale students have won $6,700 in research grants for a study of the epigenetic adaptations of Picea, commonly known…

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