Revitalizing Achievement by using Instrumentation in Science Education (RAISE)
This project integrates modern sensing, instrumentation, and monitoring technologies into the science laboratories of four New York City high schools. Benefits for fellows include: technical and non-technical skills pivotal in their future careers are exercised and honed; opportunities to conduct cutting- edge research in their disciplines and share results with non-technical audiences are provided; communication and public-speaking skills are sharpened—improving their ability to describe scientific and engineering concepts in laymen terms; management skills are enhanced through oversight of a classroom full of teenagers; leadership skills emerge as they become role models to the students; growth in experience presenting conference papers and organizing professional events as well as networking with professionals; increased awareness of and sensitivities to the community for which they will develop products/services in their professional careers. As a result of positive experiences during first year of project, more than half of the Fellows (seven out of twelve) applied to continue with the project. Five undergraduate Fellows chose to pursue master’s degrees and serve as graduate Fellows. These students are conducting research in diverse areas: sensor networks, spacecraft formation flying, novel sensor development, and non-destructive structural condition assessment.