Signature Programs

STEM and Technology Innovation

The STEM and Innovation Signature Program will allow students to take advantage of the resources available in West Nottingham's Innovation Center, including 3D printers, Sprout computers, a laser cutter, podcasting equipment, and a green screen and VIVE virtual reality system.  The Principles of Science and Engineering course, which is required for the Signature Program, is designed to familiarize students with the equipment in the Innovation Center while guiding them through curricular themes in physics and robotics.

Program requirements:
  • Complete the following courses:
    • Principles of Science and Enginnering and/or Physics and Robitics
    • Computer Science or AP Computer Science
    • Calculus or AP Calculus (AB or BC)
    • AP STatistics (suggested, but not required)
    • Studio Art or Photography I
  • Complete Innovation Center training in 3D printing, laser cutting, video editing, and podcasting 
  • Participate in experiential learning with community partners
  • Attend a summer program, two to seven weeks long, in a STEM field
  • Attend one professional conference in a STEM field
  • Conduct an original research project, supported by an external mentor and internal advisor
  • Present the original research project at the WNA Symposium
Joe Donnelly
Director of STEAM and Innovation
Joe Donnelly is currently the Director of STEM and Innovation at West Nottingham Academy. Joining WNA in 2017 he oversees the Science and Math departments as well as the newly opened innovation center. Mr. Donnelly graduated from Norwich University in 1995 earning a degree in BioMedical Technology. Upon graduating Norwich he started his career as a Cancer research scientist. He is published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Bioconjugate Chemistry. Mr. Donnelly then moved to Stryker Biotech working on their Bioreactors manufacturing pharmaceuticals. Mr. Donnelly entered the teaching field in 1999 and has remained ever since. He has worked at public schools, private day schools, and St. Paul’s school in Concord, NH. He earned his Masters degree in Organizational Leadership in 2011. Mr. Donnelly played semi professional soccer in New Jersey. He holds a United States Soccer Federation National C coaching license. He is currently the Girls Varsity soccer coach at WNA and on the U17 boys coaching staff for the state of Maryland Olympic Development program; the feeder system for the United States National team.

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