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CUR REU Conference: Imaging in the Physical Sciences

A description of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science REU site: Imaging in the Physical Sciences, including programmatic goals, program components, and recruitment history. Presented at the Council on Undergraduate Research: Research Experiences for Undergraduates conference (October 27, 2013: Arlington, VA).

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Authors: Jake Noel-Storr

Inquiring about the Universe 2: "Capture and Explore"

In the “Capture and Explore” puzzle piece your goal is to engage students in their own learning. Students should have the opportunity to manipulate tools or data just to “see what happens” and to see where their interests lead them. You should have the mind set of asking students “What happens when…?” type questions, though focusing on encouraging students to ask their own questions. Some topics in astronomy can be hard to provide students with explorations (For example: learning about black holes?), others may be more ‘explorable’ in a hands on way, but have fewer chances to learn significant science.

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Authors: Jake Noel-Storr and Emilie Drobnes

Science Served Family Style

This program's philosophy was founded on principles of improved achievement and attitude through parental involvement
The core components of this are that families must learn together, parent-child communication and collaboration, support parents in learning how to learn with children, and support continuity in learning beyond these workshops. Programs must be based on robust evaluation, which in turn must be evaluated.

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Authors: Jake Noel-Storr, Sara Mitchell, Emilie Drobnes

Building Connections with Family Science Programs

Research shows that parental involvement has a positive impact on a child’s academic performance. Children with parents involved in their education have improved problem-solving skills, better school attendance, and fewer disciplinary issues. Families have the greatest influence on children's attitudes toward education and career choices. Family science promotes a connection between parents, children, and learning.

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Authors: Jake Noel-Storr

An Imaging Focus Interdisciplinary REU program incorporating Inovation & Entrepreneurship Training

The main deliverables of our research will be a cadre of students, pursuing graduate degrees, who are well versed in interdisciplinary research with a focus on the unique area of imaging science, and an ability to apply what they have learned to a host of domain applications. We are also learning how to recruit and support Native American students to scientific research careers - a population that is very underrepresented.

Authors: Jake Noel-Storr, Stefi Baum, and Carl Salvaggio

Innovative Low Cost Science Education Technology Tools: Increasing Access to Science for All

The SCUBE, or Science Cube, is one of the RIT Insight Lab's keystone projects. It is a four projector system that includes a PVC frame and an elastic projection surface. When the projections are displayed on each side of the SCUBE, the effect on the inside is very similar to a virtual environment which can be used for display of information all around the participant, or a specially programmed video that utilizes all four directions.

Authors: Jacob Noel-Storr, Brandon Cole, Zach Kruchoski, Drew Lierheimer, Nicolas Sawicky, Christopher Carey

Teaching Astronomy through a Digitally Immersive Environment

The SCUBE, or Science Cube, is one of the RIT Insight Lab's keystone projects. It is a four projector system that includes a PVC frame and an elastic projection surface. When the projections are displayed on each side of the SCUBE, the effect on the inside is very similar to a virtual environment which can be used for display of information all around the participant, or a specially programmed video that utilizes all four directions.

Digital Solar Explorer

Due to the advancement of imaging science over the last decade, a demand for
improved presentation of data has risen. Museums have developed innovative ways
of presenting educational material, but those techniques cannot be duplicated within a
classroom, nor can they be made portable. Our project will address these points of
interest and offer a solution to cheap, portable spherical projection technology. The
end result will be a affordable, portable, and versatile kit which will lend itself to
displaying a wide array of visually oriented scientific data, namely that which pertains
to celestial bodies.

Authors: Leo Rausch, John McCall, John Rutherford, Kathleen Banawa, Michael Baril, Drew Lierheimer

Visualizing Planetary Surfaces Using Anaglyph Images

Planetary surfaces are full of geological features unique to their environment and history. In order to visualize these surfaces digitally while providing a sense of depth, this project will incorporate red and cyan anaglyph images of planetary surfaces projected onto a horizontal surface with accompanying glasses. This inexpensive system will allow multiple observers to learn about the formation of various planetary surfaces by visualizing them in apparent 3D.

Authors: Jake Noel-Storr, Chris Carey, and Brandon Cole

MSP Start: Boundary Crossing Teams

In this new MSP Start project, 3 teams will explore boundaries in science and mathematics education as viewed by their peers, and develop strategies to overcome those boundaries in the classroom. Each team will bring together STEM Faculty, Education Faculty, Middle and High School Teachers, and STEM and Education Students.
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