StudioLab Courses

STC/EGR/MUS 209: Transformations in Engineering and the Arts (STL/LA)

Faculty: Sigrid M. Adriaenssens , Aatish Bhatia , Maria E. Garlock , Naomi E. Leonard , and Jeffrey O. Snyder

This course explores the parallels and intersections of design/composition in engineering and the arts, emphasizing a merging of artistry and systematic thinking. Students will use what they learn to create as engineer-artists and artist-engineers. The course is organized around four modules: A) Visuals, B) Sound, C) Structure and 4) Movement, led by faculty from COS, MUS, CEE, MAE with faculty from the Lewis Center for the Arts. 'Transformations' unifies the modules by engaging the different disciplines and allowing the course to serve as an introductory experience for students with diverse academic backgrounds.

STC/EGR/MUS 309: Independent Design in Engineering and the Arts

Faculty: Sigrid M. Adriaenssens , Aatish Bhatia , Maria E. Garlock , Naomi E. Leonard , and Jeffrey O. Snyder

This course provides an opportunity for students who completed STC 209 to continue, or innovate new, design projects. New projects may be selected from suggestions by faculty members or proposed by the student. A written report and an oral presentation/demonstration/workshop that engages visitors in the completed design project will be required. Students must register for at least one of the class meetings (Monday or Wednesday 1:30pm-4:30pm) and can expect to generally spend 5-8 hours per week on the project. Students will have the opportunity to interact with and mentor the new cohort of students in STC 209.

GEO/ ENV/ WRI/ STC 299: Studio Lab: El Niño, Global Climate Changes and Earth's Habitability

Faculty: Samuel G. Philander and Sajan Saini

Astronomers estimate that our galaxy has billions of planets, but the only one known to be habitable is planet Earth. Students working in small teams at Princeton's StudioLab will build models that explain how the evolution of a glorious diversity of flora and fauna depended on the recycling of water, oxygen, and carbon between the atmosphere, oceans, "solid" earth, and the biosphere, to the rhythm of climate fluctuations that include El Niño, La Niña and the seasonal cycle, that are now changing. Each team will document its research by producing a short science film that explains why our exceptional planet needs responsible stewardship.

THR/STC 210A/THR/STC 210B: Storytelling with Technology for Performance

Faculty: David K. Bengali and Sharon L. De La Cruz 

Telling stories through performance is human nature, but how can we use technology to enhance, frame, or reveal new perspectives on stories told? Students will learn about tools and techniques from design professionals, and will engage directly and collaboratively with technology to design experiences focused around live performance. Areas covered may include projections and multimedia, lighting, interactivity, and programming for creative applications. This class hopes to bring together students with arts and STEM backgrounds, and does not require prior experience.

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