K-12 Workshops & Programs


CSR's university partner, the Rapid Response Institute (RRI) located at Monmouth University, hosts an annual summer research program for high school students.

The RRI Summer Research Program is an applied research/education program, with two main research thrusts: 1) the integration of technology components in innovative ways to satisfy a customer need by communicating directly with the customer to ascertain those needs and then forming a systems solution, and 2) the use of emerging technologies as required components of the overall systems solution. This provides the ability to explore the implications of leveraging these technologies and integrating them with more mature technology components. A principal outcome of this program is training students to continue their interest in computer science and software engineering and develop a curriculum model for integration of stakeholder driven software design using emerging technologies.

The RRI Summer Research Program was established in 2007 and recently conducted its third program offering. The 2010 High School Summer Research Program (HSSRP) focused on applied research in Dynamic Information Visualization (DIV) in the emergency management domain. DIV addresses issues in the viewing of rich data sets related to objects that move or change value over time.

To learn more about the RRI HSSRP, please visit the following web link:http://www.monmouth.edu/academics/schools/science/summer_research_program/default.asp


The CSR in collaboration with the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) offered a week long teachers workshop focused on Underwater Detection Technologies and Port Security, August 2 – 6, 2010, at the Stevens campus in Hoboken, NJ. The workshop leveraged an innovative research project being conducted by CIESE and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Information Technology for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.  The goal of the Build IT program is to catalyze student interest and achievement in engineering, science and information technology through a unique design challenge to build submersible robots from LEGO and other design pieces.

The Underwater Detection Technologies and Port Security teacher’s workshop was developed to expand on the already successful Built IT program and introduce teachers to advanced concepts in underwater detection and sensor technologies used in port security applications.  The CSR’s goal in sponsoring the workshop was to provide teachers with creative ideas, lesson plans and activities within a maritime security-centric context, that they could bring back to their classrooms.

Using LEGO building blocks, waterproof motors, IT software cabling, and sound, touch and light sensor devices, the teachers built their own submersible “Bots”.  Upon submerging the Bots in a large rubber pool of water, the teachers learned how to read sensors and log their data. Through a series of exercises that included  “Nervous Bots” a sound sensor activity, “Water Roomba” a touch sensor activity and “Find the Light” a light sensor activity, the teachers explored and experimented with the various signal detections.

Twenty middle and high school teachers representing the following school districts attended the five-day workshop:
•    Aviation High School, Queens, NJ
•    Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater, NJ
•    Dickinson High School, Jersey City, NJ
•    Great Meadows Middle School, Great Meadows, NJ
•    High Point Regional High School, Sussex, NJ
•    Hoboken High School, Hoboken, NJ
•    Lincoln Park Middle School, Lincoln Park, NJ
•    Middle School 88, Brooklyn, NY
•    Morgan Village Middle School, Camden, NJ
•    Passaic County Technical Insitute, Wayne, NJ
•    Renaissance I.S. 192Q, Saint Albans, NY
•    Robbinsville High School, Robbinsville, NJ
•    Saint Augustine School, Union City, NJ
•    Veterans Memorial Middle School, Camden, NJ

CIESE is a non-profit education organization founded in 1988 by Stevens Institute of Technology to improve K-12 science and mathematics education through the use of technology.  Since its inception, CIESE has received more than $22 million in grants, contracts and awards from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Education among other public and private organizations.

To learn more about the Build It program, please visit http://www.ciese.org/buildit/.


Communicating Ocean Science to Informal Audiences

CSR in collaboration with The Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS) at Rutgers University has developed curriculum aimed at enhancing maritime domain awareness (MDA) education.  The MDA curriculum was delivered during the spring 2010 semester as part of Rutgers' Communicating Ocean Science for Informal Audiences (COSIA) college course, led by Janice McDonnell, Director of Education and Outreach, IMCS, and Dr. Scott Glenn, Professor of Oceanography, Director of the Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory (COOL) and CSR faculty member.

The intent of the COSIA course is to encourage undergraduate and graduate science majors to become more aware of K-12 and public science education, and to introduce students to public outreach and the "broader impact? of their work as prospective ocean scientists and educators.  By employing topics related to the marine transportation system and port security, students in the spring 2010 course learned how global climate change and other environmental and man-made factors influence and impact the maritime domain.  Through in-class discussions and exercises students gained a broad perspective on how changes and disruptions in the maritime domain can affect the safety, security and economy of our nation.

As part of the course curriculum, COSIA students were required to develop lesson plans and activities involving MDA topics intended for K-12 students and general public audiences.  

This year's student projects included:

  • Oil Spills Mitigation - How do oil spills affect local biology and clean up?
  • Cargo Ships - Effects of tides on ships coming into port.
  • Marine reptiles and mammals - Effects of marine transport on migratory animals.
  • Invasive species in estuaries.
  • Oil spills - Single vs. double hull tankers.

COSIA students applied and demonstrated their lesson plans and projects by hosting exhibits and presentations for hundreds of visitors at the Liberty Science Center located in Jersey City, NJ, and at the Rutgers University annual Rutgers Day.

Student interviews and examples of the COSIA spring semester projects can be viewed in a YouTube video located online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYMzXcPQauI