STEM Incubator

STEM

Incubator

A hands-on and fun introduction to Science Engineering Technology and Mathematics.
CSC 192 and CSC 192h The STEM Incubator

A one-credit course for creative scientific exploration and computational problem solving.

“STEM” is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)

Benefits of joining the STEM Incubator team
  • Access to the Applied Computational Thinking (ACT) Lab along with its specialized hardware, software, and other electronic devices.
  • Involvement in collaborative, hands-on projects in a chosen area of interest.
  • Faculty and upper-class student mentors to provide guidance on STEM projects, courses, programs, and employment.
  • Experience in computational thinking, an essential skill that adds value to any academic portfolio.

Five sections of the STEM Incubator, CSC 192,  and four sections of the STEM Incubator Honors,  CSC 192H, will be offered in Fall 2014.

CSC 192 A  Understanding the Real World through Modeling, Simulation, and Random Behavior

Ever wonder how weather predictions are made? How about predicting how disease spread? Understanding how organisms interact? Finding hidden information in social networks? These interesting and timely topics, and a lot more, can be modeled and simulated, and maybe even understood, using computers. Students identify and explore topics with others on the team and develop computer models for them using a simple modeling and simulation application. In the end, students learn how to map real-world systems to a computer simulation and make informative, and at times unexpected, graphical displays of the systems. Prerequisites are a keen interest in understanding how the world works and the willingness to jump into something new and different.

 Pete Santago ps@wfu.edu

CSC 192 B and 192H A  Drones, Health, and Art: An Exploration of Sensor Applications.

Data-collecting sensors are becoming ubiquitous across all aspects of society. Optical sensors collect image data remotely, GPS sensors track geographic location, accelerometers track motion, others can track heart rate and other such physiological data. This STEM course is an exploration of applications of these types of sensors for ethical purposes. Current and past projects include development of self-navigating drones, heart rate monitors for stress awareness, and translation of american sign language to voice. Students work in teams of three, along side an upper level computer science student, exploring such applications. Students are expected to work independently about three hours each week as a team. A final brief team presentation and demo will take place during our STEM fair at the end of the semester.

Dr. Paúl Pauca
paucavp@wfu.edu

CSC 192 C and 192H B  STEM Incubator in Mobile Apps.

Have you ever wanted to learn how mobile apps work? How they communicate with remotes sites and devices? How cell phones make use of the cell towers, and why blind spots, no reception areas, exist? This course will teach these things.  You will learn the basics of mobile computing and will experience the process of writing apps for the iPhone and iPad – no experience necessary. The course will offer students hands-on experience with iPads and other mobile devices.

 
Dr. Daniel Canas
canas@wfu.edu

CSC192 D and CSC192H D  STEM Incubator: The Art and Science of Digital Images.

The course will be offered to apprentices as CSC192 and to mentors as CSC192h. (Apprentices do not need to have any background knowledge or prior experience.  Mentors should have had at least CSC111, and preferably also CSC112.)  All students will collaborate on creatively altering digital images, working at more than one level of abstraction.  Together, the mentors and apprentices will learn how to use high-level application software like Gimp, PaintShop Pro, and Photoshop more effectively.  The mentors will help the apprentices understand the logical, mathematical, and digital concepts related to 2D digital images. Students will manipulate digital photographs with GIMP and PaintShop Pro – selecting objects; changing brightness, color, and contrast; and applying artistic filters for effects like water color or neon glow.  They will also investigate the mathematics and logic underlying these processes.  The mentors will show the apprentices how to write a computer program that “by hand” can do some of the same processes as are found in Gimp.  The students will learn the relationship between the inputs to their programs and the effect the programs will have on an image’s appearance.

 
Dr. Jennifer Burg
burg@wfu.edu

CSC 192 E and 192H C  STEM Incubator in Bioinformatics.

Computer algorithms are helping to expand the scientific boundaries of much of the field of biology. This incubator is designed to introduce the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology. Students will be exposed to computational tools that can help us answer fundamentally important questions about life (how close are humans to chimps? what genes are likely involved with cancers?) We’re starting with the basics, so no need for prior experience in biology or computer science!

Dr. William Turkett
turketwh@wfu.edu

CSC 192 F IoT STEM

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a networked environment of ubiquitous devices that can address a wide variety of complex problems. This incubator will develop an initial IoT infrastructure at Wake Forest. Students will experiment with different devices and interconnection platforms in our STEM laboratory. A few environmental sensing problems will also be explored.

Dr. Errin Fulp
fulp@wfu.edu

The following six sections of the STEM Incubator were  offered in Spring 2014.

CSC 193 A STEM Incubator in Mobile Apps.

Have you ever wanted to learn how mobile apps work? How they communicate with remotes sites and devices? How cell phones make use of the cell towers, and why blind spots, no reception areas, exist? This course will teach these things.  You will learn the basics of mobile computing and will experience the process of writing apps for the iPhone and iPad – no experience necessary. The course will offer students hands-on experience with iPads and other mobile devices.

Dr. Daniel Canas
canas@wfu.edu

CSC 193 B Computer Sound and Music.

Students will learn what MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) is and how it is used to generate music by means of a computer.  They will be exposed to software that allows the user to interact with a computer to generate sound and music. Students will experiment with camera and motion detectors that can be interfaced with a computer such that they capture the user’s arm, leg, and head movements, translating them into sound and music. Students will consider how this system could be used to motivate physical therapy for the disabled. No background knowledge or prior experience are required for the course.

Video of Dr. Burg’s work
Perfect Pitch Project
Dr. Jennifer Burg
burg@wfu.edu

CSC 193 C STEM Incubator in Bioinformatics

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Computer algorithms are helping to expand the scientific boundaries of much of the field of biology. This incubator is designed to introduce the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology. Students will be exposed to computational tools that can help us answer fundamentally important questions about life (how close are humans to chimps? what genes are likely involved with cancers?) We’re starting with the basics, so no need for prior experience in biology or computer science!

Dr. William Turkett
turketwh@wfu.edu

CSC 193 D STEM Incubator in Sensors and Human Computer Interaction.

Students will experiment with a number of sensors for extending the user interface beyond the keyboard and mouse.  They will have access to specialized hardware and software and work as part of an existing team in the Sensors and Applications Group.

Video of Dr. Pauca’s work
Giving A Voice To The Voiceless
Dr. Paúl Pauca
paucavp@wfu.edu

CSC 193 E Hax0r STEM.

Proficiency in cyber security always requires experience that is often difficult to obtain. This incubator is designed to help students get started in the field of applied cyber security. Students will experiment with ethical hacking, cyber defense, and reverse engineering tools. This will include participating in on-line tutorials and competitions. We’re starting with the basics, so no need for prior experience.

Dr. Errin Fulp
fulp@wfu.edu

CSC193 F STEM Incubator in High Performance Computing with Gaming Technology

Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) used for video gaming can be repurposed for high-performance computing. With access to state-of-the-art GPU hardware and software, students will have hands-on experience with GPU applications. The instructor has a multi-disciplinary background, and the project will be selected based on the specific interests and background of the student.

Dr. Samuel Cho
choss@wfu.edu

The following five sections of the STEM Incubator were offered in Fall 2013.

CSC193 B STEM Incubator in Sensors and Human Computer Interaction

Students will experiment with a number of sensors for extending the user interface beyond the keyboard and mouse.  They will have access to specialized hardware and software and work as part of an existing team in the Sensors and Applications Group.

Video of Dr. Pauca’s work
Dr. Paúl Pauca
paucavp@wfu.edu

CSC193 C STEM Incubator in Digital Imaging, Sound, and Music

With access to specialized hardware and software, students will experiment with creative applications in digital 2D imaging, sound, and music. Through hands-on, collaborative projects, they will engage in computational thinking and learn how images and sound are digitized, manipulated, and brought to life in applications ranging from the imaginative to the practical.

Video of Dr. Burg’s work
Dr. Jennifer Burg
burg@wfu.edu

CSC193 D STEM Haxor Incubator

Proficiency in cyber security always requires experience that is often difficult to obtain. This incubator is designed to help students get started in the field of applied cyber security. Students will experiment with ethical hacking, cyber defense, and reverse engineering tools. This will include participating in on-line tutorials and competitions. We’re starting with the basics, so no need for prior experience.

Dr. Errin Fulp
fulp@wfu.edu

CSC193 E STEM Incubator in High Performance Computing with Gaming Technology

Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) used for video gaming can be repurposed for high-performance computing. With access to state-of-the-art GPU hardware and software, students will have hands-on experience with GPU applications. The instructor has a multi-disciplinary background, and the project will be selected based on the specific interests and background of the student.

 
Dr. Samuel Cho
choss@wfu.edu

CSC193 F STEM Incubator in Mobile Apps

Have you ever wanted to learn how mobile apps work? How they communicate with remotes sites and devices? How cell phones make use of the cell towers, and why blind spots, no reception areas, exist? This course will teach these things.  You will learn the basics of mobile computing and will experience the process of writing apps for the iPhone and iPad – no experience necessary. The course will offer students hands-on experience with iPads and other mobile devices.

Dr. Daniel Canas
canas@wfu.edu