Princeton Day School announced plans for an ambitious new STEAM initiative, which includes a revitalized interdisciplinary curriculum (with courses in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) and plans for a new STEAM facility for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The plans were announced by a committee headed by Scientist-in-Residence, Dr. Leon Rosenberg, and comprised of faculty from all three Divisions.
STEAM at Princeton Day School: A Definition
At Princeton Day School STEAM is an educational approach to teaching and learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry and critical thinking. The program focuses on integration, collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Its overarching goal is to blend traditional and project-based platforms so that they help all our students to see, interpret, and understand fundamental concepts and to solve real-life problems.
The success of this new STEAM program depends on fashioning an intentional, interdisciplinary connection among its core disciplines in each of the school's Divisions.
Why STEAM at PDS?
In a recent presentation about the initiative, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life Jason Robinson, noted: "The centerpiece of PDS is the strength of its academic program. The larger national conversation about the future of STEAM education compelled our attention as a leading academic institution. We began to ask fundamental questions about what we teach, how we teach it, and how to align our program with the best thinking and practices in STEAM education."
Princeton Day School's new STEAM curriculum aspires to make the subjects of math, science, technology, and the arts resonate with students from a young age so they are awakened to the power and relevance of these subjects in their day-to-day experience. All students will acquire a baseline of literacy in STEAM disciplines so they can be engaged, informed participants in a 21st century world increasingly defined by questions at the intersection of science, math, technology, and society. In addition, we will challenge our most motivated, ambitious students with a rigorous program of advanced STEAM electives that will propel them into future professional opportunities as leaders in STEAM fields.