Friday Nights @ CHM

From STEM to STEAM: How an Engineer Wrote a Play

Film Screening followed by a Panel Discussion

Fri Sep 7, 2018
Computer History Museum
Arts, Movies, Other Film
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How can software engineering inspire work in theater and film?

After spending more than a decade at Hewlett Packard, learn how Susan Marie Frontczak’s background in engineering, math and performing arts helped her create an acclaimed living history portrayal of world-renowed scientist Marie Skłodowska Curie.

Join us for the Bay Area debut screening of the award-winning narrative science film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie (40 mins), based on Frontczak’s performance. The film will be followed by a keynote presentation & panel discussion exploring the intersection of STEM and the performing arts — and why STEAM is vital in shaping global opportunities in the 21st century.
As one of the world’s most renowned scientists, two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Skłodowska Curie is best known for pioneering the field of radioactivity — including early experiments to treat cancer with radium therapy — but few understand the obstacles she faced just to enter the laboratory.

What if she could tell her story?
Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie invites audiences to meet Marie Curie as she recollects her quest to isolate two elements — polonium and radium. From her childhood in Poland to groundbreaking research in France, Dr. Curie shares the struggles, failures and triumphs behind her scientific discoveries and remarkable collaboration with companion scientist & husband Pierre Curie.

Produced & Directed by Jen Myronuk, Humanity Needs Dreamers is an immersive living history film designed to be screened with a live audience, breaking the digital fourth wall between theater and cinema. Produced by STEM on Stage, a STEAM initiative to promote narrative science through living history film & immersive media. STEM on Stage is part of an NSF-funded collaborative outreach study with Princeton Center for Complex Materials.
Friday Nights @CHM is offering you a whole new way to experience the Computer History Museum.

CHM is now open after hours, from 5 to 9 p.m., and we're hosting the techiest block party in Silicon Valley, featuring innovative cuisine from CateredToo, patio festivities at our Cloud Bistro beer garden, and special live programming on select Fridays for visitors of all ages.



  1. Computer History Museum
    1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA