On Tuesday, May 29, Princeton Day School presented the first annual STEAM Evening, an event designed to showcase the STEAM projects completed this year by our Upper School students. Families, faculty, and friends were invited to attend this event organized by Science Department Chair Jason Park as a way to celebrate the culmination of the inaugural year of the School's new STEAM program. Here are some photos from the event.
The evening began with opening remarks by Mr. Park and STEAM Coordinator Jonathan Tatkon-Coker in the McAneny Theater, and then the audience was treated to a unique Computer Science/Dance performance. The dance piece was the result of an ongoing collaboration between US teacher Theo Brasoveanu's AP Computer Science and honors physics classes and US teacher Ann Robideaux's advanced dance class. Ms. Robideaux explained "Employing the concept of electrical charges in physics, the advanced dance class created and performed a structured dance improvisation based on attraction and repulsion of charges performed to a sound score created via computer coding by sophomore Krithika Vasireddy." It was a stunning piece that included the following performers: Krista Caasi, John Hudgins, Fechi Inyama, Sangeeta Kishore, Harini Krishnan, Léa Namouni, Ava Sarnow and Ahzaria Silas. Ms. Robideaux added that there are plans to continue this dance and computer science collaboration in the 2018-19 school year.
After the performance, the audience was invited to tour the theater lobby and STEAM Center to view individual displays of student work from the STEAM courses launched this year. The projects were from the 9th grade STEAMinar, as well as various engineering, computer science, and robotics courses offered during the course of the year. The format was similar to a Science Fair/Poster Symposium with students positioned by their displays to give presentations on their work. The evening had a wonderful energy, and was a perfect ending to the first year of the new STEAM program at Princeton Day School. For more on STEAM, visit this page.