Starting the New Year Strong: Winter 2017 Update

Starting the New Year Strong: Winter 2017 Update

We appreciate the opportunity to partner with schools and community centers in NYC to serve girls of color across the city. Here is what Jessica Elysee, Program Director of Goodwill at Joseph Pulitzer Middle School, had to say about STEM From Dance:
“I wanted to expose my students to new skills that they could utilize in the future while they still were able to do what they love (dancing). SFD has improved the girls’ confidence and self-esteem – this year in particular, we had a few students who did not speak English, yet during the classes they were smiling, learning, and conversing with the other students. The instructors really bond and build strong relationships with the students.”

Thank you for your partnership, Jessica and Goodwill!

Thank you, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust!
STEM From Dance is the incredibly grateful recipient of a new two-year grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to expand our program to additional schools in New York City. The Trust was established in 1966 by a bequest from the estate of chemist and industrialist William R. Kenan, Jr., with a focus on education, arts, arts education, and basic human needs. With their support, we will be able to continue bringing STEM and dance education to girls across NYC.

Further, we are just as grateful for the continued support from The Pinkerton Foundation, who also celebrates an astounding 50 years of philanthropy and partnership.

We have the exciting opportunity to partner with CS4ALL, an initiative to bring computer science education to 100% of NYC’s public schools by 2025. The SFD team will be training up to 50 teachers on how to integrate dance into their computer science classes in two day-long professional development workshops on Saturday, March 4th and 11th. If you know a teacher, spread the word about registering online ASAP to participate

Congratulations to Aaliyah, Jada, NaDaijah, and Shania, the four SFD students who successfully completed an internship with the Brooklyn Ballet! The girls assisted the Ballet with the costumes for their Nutcracker production, which used wearable technology – similar to what the interns learned about during our summer program. Check out the Brooklyn Ballet’s Nutcracker coverage in the news!

As interns, the girls were responsible for soldering LED lights into one big circuit for every tutu. They then sewed these wearable circuits into the costumes and uploaded the code to make the lights twinkle in response to motion. Additionally, they were backstage during every performance, helping dancers change and repairing circuits as needed.

The internship was an amazing opportunity to learn and grow for all four students. Not only did it move them out of their comfort zone by teaching them how to speak about their work in a professional setting, but taught them new and valuable skills, such as time management.

STEM_Brooklyn Ballet Nutcracker 2016


Watch this video for a closer look at the intern’s experiences learning how to solder the lights.

Senior SFD students from the Brooklyn Institute of Liberal Arts recently took a field trip to Palantir, a big data tech company, where they saw first-hand how cool working as a software engineer can be. The girls took a tour of Palantir’s stunning office, heard from female employees about their STEM experiences, completed an activity that actual employees are asked during interviews, and even performed their group pieces that they coded and choreographed themselves!

Our students at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn were lucky to be visited by MorDance back in November. Members of the company exposed students to a professional dance performance, which helped them to learn about technique and stage presence, and got them excited for their own performance with STEM From Dance.

Know of schools who want STEM From Dance?
If you know of a school interested in bringing in STEM From Dance, have a representative of the school fill out this form. We would love to hear from them!

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