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The Molecularium™ Project
Rensselaer’s Molecularium™ project is an exciting new animation, in a planetarium setting, created to spark interest in the atoms and molecules that constitute our world. Via pioneering digital dome technology, viewers are completely immersed in a captivating virtual world. Screenings of the Molecularium episodes work in conjunction with additional learning materials for young students: activities, written materials, and quizzes, to reinforce the ideas presented in the show. The topics are tied to the New York state curriculum for primary schools. Molecularium Web Site.

NYS5STEM Summer Program
More than 400 middle school children from Yonkers and New York City participate in two one-week residential sessions on campus that include classroom study, interactive experiments, group projects, and a final presentation. The NYS5STEM @ RPI 2010 program is also coordinated by DOSO’s Pipeline Initiatives and Partnerships, in collaboration with participating school districts and the Title I School Improvement, New York State Education Department. In 2010, students focused on several themes related to biotechnology, nanotechnology, energy security, and national security.

PREFACE
Begun at RPI more than 30 years ago, PREFACE gives high school sophomores from underrepresented and underserved groups the opportunity to come to Rensselaer and experience what an engineering education can offer them. The primary goal is to enable interested and talented students to explore the opportunities in engineering and engineering-related professions. Through interactive laboratory experiences, lectures, discussions, field trips, and plant visits, participants have an opportunity to explore the challenges and rewards of a technological education. In addition to the hands-on experience, the students also take classes in core disciplines, from electrical engineering and computing to leadership and career development. PREFACE is funded through annual corporate and foundation contributions, and subsidizes each participant’s round-trip transportation to Rensselaer, tuition, fees, and room and board for the two-week session.

At Rensselaer cont.:

11/14/2008: Focus On: Annual STAR Outreach Program

3/5/2008: Rensselaer To Participate in ExxonMobil Bernard Harris 2008 Summer Science Camps

2/9/2008: Rensselaer Hosts Tenth Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day

1/3/2008: NSF Grant To Help Upstate Colleges Recruit Minority Students Into STEM Fields

3/27/2007: CIPCE Showcase at the Capitol

2/12/2007: Rensselaer Hosts Ninth Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day

2/7/2007: Web-Based Programs Designed To Bolster Student Interest in Computing

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