RIT Brings State-of-the-Art Science Education to Rural Students
“This project came about following discussions on how to engage high school students in university-level instruction when the distance made it impossible to bring them here to RIT,” Pow notes. “By using the Internet and new interactive software we can provide access to faculty and equipment that would otherwise be out of reach for most of these kids.”
“It was incredibly frustrating to not be able to provide more hands-on instruction in imaging science and photonics given the cost of purchasing the equipment necessary and the distance to most state-of-the-art labs,” Bond adds. “This program is the first step in giving rural school districts the ability to provide advanced study in high-tech fields to interested students.”
Pow and Bond’s class was a one-week mini-course in digital image processing and was offered to AP physics students. The course included three hours of in-class instruction and three hours of live online work with Pow teaching from RIT. The program was Web based and required no special software at the high school, keeping costs to a minimum. The course was well received by students and Pow and Bond are already planning to offer a similar program this fall and hope to expand it to other classes in the future.
In addition, Pow has already presented on the course to other instructors here at RIT and to a group from the University of Rochester. He hopes to publicize its success to other colleges and high schools in the area throughout the next school year.
“It is my hope that this course serves as a tool for the development of similar programs at RIT and at other universities in the region,” Pow says. “It is an incredibly useful instructional tool with minimal costs for school districts and tremendous gains for their students.”
March 15, 2019
Data science community to gather at RIT for regional DataFest hackathon March 29-31
Teams of three to five students will have 48 hours to mine a complex data set pertaining to a real-world problem. Teams will test their statistical analytic and data science skills to find the best solution.
March 13, 2019
RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley nationally recognized for mentorship
RIT Associate Professor Suzanne O’Handley has been selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation as the 2019 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee. O’Handley, a faculty member in RIT’s School of Chemistry and Materials Science, was chosen from 10 finalists for her considerable achievements as a dynamic scholar, teacher and mentor.
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RIT Venture Creations technology business incubator launches four new companies
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March 6, 2019
Student Spotlight: Showing the artistic side of science
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