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On the Ground At Rensselaer social responsibility is part of the curriculum and part of the culture. On any given day students and staff are planning and executing dozens of community projects. This is the side of Rensselaer that unfolds between classes on weekends and late into the night as the Institute acts on its commitment to shape the world beyond campus borders. Projects for commitments range from fundraising to a work study job that stretches over a students entire academic career. Sylvia Forrest 12 an EMAC major who focused on animation and games was one such student who viewed work study as an opportunity to make a difference. It seemed to me that a good way to do work study was to get out there and help people she said. With that in mind she joined Tutor Time. Tutor Time is a free program that meets every Saturday at two Troy locations to work with students who need academic help. The kids range in age from pre-K to 12th graders but mostly theyre middle schoolers said Forrest who was with Tutor Time for all four of her years in HASS. We help them with their homework and test preparation in all subjects. As with any community service project the benefits of Tutor Time go both ways. You have to be fairly patient and it really helped me improve my skills at communicating Forrest pointed out. Triple Helix Project With the support of a 2.9 million National Science Foundation grant Science and Technology Studies Professor Ron Eglash is enlisting Rensselaer students in examining the links between research in STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math fields and the social issues facing local low-income and minority communities. In one aspect of the project Rensselaer students who serve as teaching fellows and researchers in public school classrooms teach principles of math using designs embedded in relevant cultural artifacts like African American cornrow braids urban graffiti and Native American beadwork. Katie Francouer working with elementary age students taught them how to use plotting points on a graph to create designs. For their own final project the students entered their designs in a computer program and then used a bead loom to create the images. social responsibility 25