These initiatives arose independently of one another and reflect a broad grassroots concern for issues involving science and math education. Participants in the activities include faculty, staff, and students from all Schools in the College.
Key Focus Areas
2. Discipline-based Education Research (DBER): The Science & Math Education Research Collaborative (SMERC) conducts rigorous discipline-based education research on issues involving postsecondary student learning, and members have a track record of peer-reviewed publications and external funding.
3. Educational Transformation: The Center promotes and fosters innovative curricula for national dissemination. The College hosts several model curricula, including: LivePhoto, VideoVignettes, andExplorations in Physics. The Center will aggressively seek external funding for these projects.
4. K-20 Teacher Recruitment, Preparation, and Professional Development: CASTLE takes an active role in preparing the next generation of STEM teachers through undergraduate and graduate student education. Examples of activities include the RIT Learning Assistant program to recruit and prepare future secondary school teachers.
5. Education and Careers of Groups Historically Under-represented in the STEM Disciplines: CASTLE promotes programs that support the Education and Careers of Groups Historically Under-represented in the STEM Disciplines. This includes the Women in Science (WISe), a CASTLE-affiliated program that seeks to engage women in the sciences and mathematics by offering information, equity and collaboration opportunities. The Center helps coordinate WISe activities, and supports efforts to secure external funding through foundations and local and national industries.
The RIT CASTLE Program is housed in the College of Science.