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STEAM coordinator and science teacher Meglena Zapreva admires an exhibit at Cathedral’s STEAM Expo alongside members of the 4th grade.
Cathedral Hosts STEAM Expo In May 2018, Cathedral hosted a STEAM Expo featuring innovative interdisciplinary projects from all grades. Cathedral STEAM coordinator Meglena Zapreva spearheaded this effort as a way to showcase the collaborative technology-based projects developed by the school’s faculty, both to the Cathedral community and the wider independent school community. Throughout the event, teachers from other independent schools from all five boroughs visited the Expo, sparking an exchange of ideas. The day culminated with a technology integrators meeting with participants from other elementary and K–8 schools. “It was so beneficial for our team to exchange different strategies and to develop ways to make the content accessible in an age-appropriate way,” Ms. Zapreva said. The school is hosting a second-annual STEAM conference in the Expansion on May 14, 2019, and Ms. Zapreva hopes to expand upon the already great work being done. “I really want to be thoughtful about the way we present projects that highlight integration between disciplines. How can we better document and present these projects?”
A L L T H E S C H O O L’ S A STAG E The seed for the Upper School’s Literary Stage presentations came from members of the Cathedral School Student Council, which was looking for a way to encourage public speaking for students outside of theatrical productions. The events, during which 5th, 6th, and 7th graders recite poetry, prose, selections of plays, and famous speeches, give Cathedral students valuable experience speaking in front of crowds and can include works outside of the established curriculum. These Literary Stages are coordinated with service events that Literary Stage advisor, teacher Jonathan Pirnia, calls “Spark Outings,” where students give back to the community. These service opportunities have included leading book readings at Book Culture bookstore and tending the gardens at Harlem Grown, an urban agriculture collective. “These outings are all about engendering a sense of community despite everyone’s busy schedules,” Mr. Pirnia says, adding, “It’s a great opportunity for Cathedral School students to share responsibility and learn to speak with a strong voice.”
STEAM Camp’s Summer of Fun Now entering its fourth year, The Cathedral School’s STEAM Camp takes advantage of both the school’s stateof-the-art facilities and the beautiful Cathedral campus. This summer, campers will enjoy six weeks of STEAM programming, including art, music, robotics, circuits, aerodynamics, stop-motion video, engineering, game development, chemistry, and 3D printing—all hosted in Cathedral’s incredible new Expansion and renovated classrooms. As always, mornings at camp will be led by Cathedral faculty and Cathedral alumni counselors. Campers will spend their afternoons enjoying team sports and other activities outdoors, either on the Close or in Morningside or Central Park. Sign your budding engineer up for one—or all three—of Cathedral STEAM Camp’s two-week sessions. For more information, contact STEAM Camp director Emmanuel Saldana at email@example.com or visit www.cathedralnyc.org/steamcamp.
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