Princeton Day School is honored to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art STEAM Center in the Upper School. The space, which is already being used by students and faculty for a variety of new science, technology, engineering, arts, and math interdisciplinary courses, is a top-to-bottom renovation of the former computer lab space in the Upper School, housed between the corridors that flank the math and foreign language classrooms (incidentally, these classrooms were also completely renovated).
The STEAM Center is the fruit of the labors of the STEAM Committee, appointed by Head of School Paul Stellato and chaired by Dr. Leon Rosenberg, who worked last year to design both a new interdisciplinary STEAM curriculum and a space to house the new program. The new Center is open, well-lit, flexible, modular, and includes a minimum of fixed structures to better accommodate a wide variety of hands-on courses. There is a large classroom area and an adjacent smaller classroom to house the computer science courses, along with an office for the School's new STEAM Coordinator Jonathan Tatkon-Coker, who has a background in product design for companies including Apple and Nike.
The renovation began the day after commencement in June, and was completed right on schedule before school started thanks to the round-the-clock crews organized by Director of Major Projects Ron Tola.
There are plans underway to create similar STEAM Centers in both the Lower and Middle Schools, as Princeton Day School continues to expand and sequence the STEAM curriculum across all divisions.