Research

Irini Spyridakis

Autumn 2018

Dance and STEM Education

Are you interested in helping break barriers to STEM education by weaving together dance and STEM education? Access to STEM education continues to privilege the few while missing vast numbers of students with valuable untapped potential. This DRG will use coding and electrical engineering principles, as well as choreography and participatory design to create a theatrical, technology infused dance curriculum that could be implemented in after school middle and high school programs. 

In the first half of the quarter, we will research, ideate, design, prototype, and iterate upon dance & STEM projects to create a unique curriculum that is culturally relevant to public schools in Seattle. In the second half of the quarter, we will test and iterate on the research and the curriculum. Yes, you will dance and code!

I am looking for students with a passion for coding, dance, the arts, and STEM outreach. The group will meet weekly on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:30 pm and meetings are mandatory. Students should plan on registering for 2 credits of HCDE 496 and on working about 4 hours each week outside of the DRG.

If you are interested in participating, please email Irini Spyridakis at irinis@uw.edu with the following information by June 15th, 2018:

  • Why you are interested in joining this DRG.
  • What skills and experiences you bring to the group: please include coding languages and skills (intro, intermediate, or advanced), dance, theater, etc.
  • Your background in outreach (if any).

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