Six PDS students journeyed to Philadelphia to attend the annual GAINS conference, which is designed to encourage and inspire girls' interest in STEM. The students attended panels, toured labs and forged relationships with female leaders in STEM. The girls left the conference with an increased passion for STEM, a strong support system of fellow students and mentors and a clearer understanding of what they are capable of in their studies and beyond.
STEAM Coordinator, Matthew Tramontana
Princeton Day School's renowned STEAM program draws on the expertise of faculty across the math, science, computer science and arts departments. With a required STEAMinar for all 9th graders and 14 electives spanning engineering, robotics, science research, math research, technology, arts and media, and computer science, the STEAM curriculum is among the best and most extensive among independent schools. Since the program's inception in the 2017-2018 year, overall enrollment in electives has increased 30%, while enrollment of female students has almost doubled and now constitutes 42% of total STEAM course enrollments.
STEAM Coordinator Matthew Tramontana oversees the curriculum and manages the Wellemeyer STEAM Center. An accomplished industrial designer who has worked with engineers to design a variety of medical devices, he teaches several courses while also guiding faculty and students in this interdisciplinary innovation space.
"Currently, we have 10 faculty teaching in this facility, offering required courses and multiple electives, including 6 in computer science. And we continue to expand programming to the Middle School and Lower School."
Jason Park, Science Department Chair