New program targets young engineers

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Margaret Bailey

A new educational program is being developed at RIT that could help younger students understand the variety of professions needing the skills of engineers and scientists.

The Toyota USA Foundation has awarded RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering a three-year, $420,000 grant to develop the Relevant Education in Math and Science Program. The program targets students in the fifth to 12th grades; uses real-world engineering, math and science problems; and it will eventually incorporate an online component to reach beyond its initial offering to students from schools in Rochester and the surrounding areas.

Two engineering faculty members, Margaret Bailey and Andres Carrano, will lead the team developing 33 classroom modules. Each module will be linked to math and science theory that students currently learn in school, but applied using specific, understandable examples.

Bailey is an engineering professor and director of the Women in Engineering program, WE@RIT. Carrano is associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and director of the Toyota Production Systems Lab. The team will consist of engineering faculty and staff as well as area middle- and high school teachers.