In appreciation for longtime Princeton Day School community member John Wellemeyer's many efforts on behalf of the School, on March 7, 2019, the Upper School STEAM space was officially named The Wellemeyer STEAM Center. The transformative, 2,000 square foot space is dedicated to innovative, hands-on exploration and real world problem-solving that integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Since it opened in 2017, course offerings taking place in the Center serve approximately half the Upper School and are among the best and most extensive among independent schools in the northeast region. Enrollment of female students in Upper School STEAM electives this year almost doubled, with 42% female and 58% male enrollment.
The STEAM initiative is a collaborative undertaking that draws on the expertise of faculty from Math, Science, Computer Science and the Arts. In order to coordinate this effort, oversee the curriculum, and manage the new STEAM Center, the school is in the process of hiring a new “STEAM Coordinator” for the 2017-18 school year. The Coordinator will be an accomplished educator conversant with STEAM disciplines and able to support their full integration, while also guiding faculty and students as they explore transformative potential embodied by the new STEAM Center.
Below are the key faculty and leadership who served on the STEAM Planning Committee, and who will be intimately involved in the new initiative.