The Council offers a variety of resources to faculty interested in enhancing STEM literacy and exploring the intersections across STEM, the humanities, social sciences and the arts. CST provides financial and human resources to catalyze and support intellectual exchange, courses, and synergistic activities that align with our mission. We encourage faculty to discuss their ideas with us by contacting Evelyn Laffey, CST Associate Director. Various examples of collaboration with faculty are presented below and in the Case Studies section of the website. Please do not feel limited by the examples, as we do not present exhaustive list, and we welcome the opportunity to think creatively about collaborating with faculty.
CST SUPPORTED PROJECTS
Enhancing ENV 201 Topics in Environmental Studies: The goal of the project is to to revise and update the structure of the lecture and precepts to accommodate a more integrative conceptual framework, create more intentional and accumulative STEM based educational activities and assessment, and take greater pedagogical advantage of the multi-instructor aspect of this multi-disciplinary course. CST provided funding to support the faculty members' time and materials for the course. A member of the CST Administration worked intensively with the faculty on the project. Award granted to Prof. Kelly Caylor (CEE and PEI) and Prof. David Wilcove (EEB and WWS).
- Internship for Development of Electronic Instruments: Under the mentorship and apprenticeship of faculty in Music, students assisted with the development of new electronic instruments for the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). CST provided funding to support the students and purchase materials for prototyping the electronic instruments. Award granted to Dr. Jeff Snyder (MUS).
- A Course in Radio Astronomy: The STL-designated course will cover the technological aspects of radio astronomy (radio principles, low noise techniques, spectral analysis, software deﬁned radio) and will provide a grounding in the basics of observational (radio) astronomy—e.g., coordinate systems, sidereal time, and related notions. The course will make extensive use of a 60-foot dish antenna located in Wall Township, NJ, and also a smaller 2.3-m dish on the roof of Jadwin Hall. A possible follow-on activity would provide opportunities for informal learning to members of the university community as well as the general public. CST provided funding to support the development of the course and purchase of materials. A member of the CST Administration also consulted on the development of the course. Award granted to Profs. Norman Jarosik and Daniel Marlow of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
- Internships for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Project-Based Curriculum Development: In collaboration with faculty in Anthropology, several Princeton University students developed, implemented, evaluated, and iterated a project-based STEAM curriculum for the Pan African Flobal Academy in Ghana. CST provided funds to support the students' travel and work. Award granted to Prof. Carolyn Rouse, Department of Anthropology.
- Science, Society, and Dinner: This seminar course is organized around a series of interdisciplinary lectures, hands-on culinary lab classes, and resultant communal dinners. The focus will be on the biochemistry and biophysics of cooking as well as the biology and ecology of food systems. A major emphasis will be on the connections between food systems and the environment. Practical ‘Food Labs’ will teach critical culinary principles and their application to modern cuisine. In addition, through the inclusion of faculty guests, the course will address topics of food literacy and cultural awareness. CST provided funding to support the pilot programming to promote the course and to purchase materials, as well as support the visiting scholar, Chef Craig Shelton, serving as a member of the teaching team. A member of the CST Administration assisted with hosting and facilitating various meetings to promote the development of the course. Award granted to Prof. Kelly Caylor (CEE and PEI).
The CST Administration have backgrounds in STEM disciplines and are specialists in pedagogy. They are available to help with course development or with more specific challenges, such as assessment or increasing the level of interactivity, and can work with courses in a range of ways, from consultation through co-teaching.