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Focus on: Rensselaer in the Summertime

A Rensselaer education is challenging, interactive, and highly relevant. Summer offerings at Rensselaer continue to provide individuals of all ages with an opportunity to explore and develop their passions and interests through a variety of programs. More than 1,000 (and counting) elementary, middle, high school, and college students from the Capital Region and beyond, along with working professionals and K-12 teachers, immersed themselves in a plethora of credit courses, academic short courses, sports camps, and enrichment programs this summer.

From working alongside Rensselaer faculty to discover the origins of life on another planet, to using LEGO MINDSTORMS™ robot technology to teach that science and engineering can be fun; from getting a head start on college courses, to traveling on faculty-led study abroad opportunities; from learning the art of acting to participating in customized short courses and professional development programs, to honing one’s teaching skills in the classroom, every student was encouraged to  recognize needs, visualize solutions, and initiate change in every realm of society.

“Summer is an exciting time to be at Rensselaer, a place where enthusiasm and innovation are the very hallmarks of our programs and classes,” said Kim Scalzo, director of academic outreach programs. “Within our programs, students of all ages, as well as adults and working professionals, have an opportunity to pursue academic and professional interests that may provide them with necessary skills and knowledge to advance their education.”

“LEGO robotics, and other interactive technologies, is the stuff that engulfs 21st-century youngsters,” said Lester Rubenfeld, director of Rensselaer’s Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE). “These types of activities help students understand the common themes of math, science, engineering, and technology. They also provide a mechanism for Rensselaer, through its undergraduates, to impact the lives of hundreds of young people in grades K-12.”

“Rensselaer continues to be committed to preparing students to successfully pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers,” said Cynthia Smith, assistant dean of students and director of pipeline initiatives and partnerships. “We believe the process starts long before a student reaches college. Throughout the year and into the summer, the Dean of Students office hosts several pre-college initiatives for K-12 students from the Capital Region and beyond. We also work with organizations around the country whose students are interested in pursuing STEM careers.”


Slideshow photos by Daria Robbins.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 7, August 28, 2009
©2009 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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