Relevant Education in Math and Science (REMS)
The purpose of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Relevant Education in Math and Science (REMS) Program is to use real-world problems to make math and science fun and meaningful for students in grades 5 - 12, including a significant number of girls and underserved students in urban public schools. The REMS Program grew out of a collaborative effort between two programs at the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT and the Toyota Production Systems (TPS) Lab and the Women in Engineering (WE@RIT) Program. Made possible through Toyota USA Foundation funding, the REMS Program serves both the greater Rochester, NY area public schools and a national audience of teachers and students through the creation of online learning modules. The REMS Program will develop learning modules based on concepts explored within the TPS Lab to promote math and science learning in grades 5 - 12. The resulting learning modules will be integrated within current WE@RIT outreach activities, refined through extensive beta testing, and disseminated as online learning modules to a national audience of teachers and students. During the development process, the REMS Program will engage secondary education teachers, engineering students, over 1,500 students in grades 5-12 (including on-site participants and online module beta testers), and potentially thousands more students via the online modules. The RIT REMS Program goals are to: 1) create effective math and science curriculum for grades 5-12 with a hands-on engineering focus; 2) increase the number of math and science teachers in grades 5-12 who are using age-appropriate teaching modules linking math and science to real-world engineering challenges; and 3) increase the number of students who have access to fun, age-appropriate hands-on activities that link math and science to real world problems.
PI: Jacqueline Mozrall