STEM Center

'Innovation and Inspiration'

The Constance & Miguel Fernandez STEM Center, unveiled in August 2020, overlooks a beautifully landscaped quadrangle that has become a major center of student life at the upper school. The three-story, 45,000 square-foot, glass-walled center features flexible spaces for innovation and collaboration, and state-of-the-art classrooms, maker space and laboratories. STEM Department Chair Doug Heller ’80 calls it an “architectural masterpiece.” The center, which is situated across the quad from the Visual Arts Building, provides a home for RE’s science, math, computer science and engineering students as well as the upper school robotics team and the Young REsearchers Program. 

It also welcomes students from throughout the campus who are engaging in interdisciplinary work or looking for a comfortable place to collaborate or study. Students gather for events, performances or just to hang out at the Mendelson Family Plaza and Steps, and they use the indoor Posner Lecture Hall for assemblies or large meetings indoors. Head of the Upper School Patricia C.A. Sasser describes it as a building that invites “students, faculty and staff in.” She adds: “It’s a community space … a place for all.” 

Head of School Penny Townsend

“This building is full of innovation and full of inspiration, and it really fits with the history of Ransom Everglades forever. It’s where science, technology, engineering and mathematics come together and form one great center …  one piece of what is now a magnificent campus.”

An Exciting Milestone: The Opening of the STEM Center

Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.