CCI Hosts STEM Event

Date Published: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Teachers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) system spent the day recently at the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI).  The middle and high school teachers were there as part of STEMersion, a two-week opportunity for the science, technology, engineering and math teachers to take a look at why so many jobs require these skill sets and, in this case, understand what CCI is doing to meet those needs as it is the prime source for IT talent in the Charlotte region. 

“STEM is fundamental in the development of students who can meet the ever-changing demands of business and industry,” said Dr. Mili, Dean, College of Computing and Informatics.  “As the largest technology program in North Carolina and one of the largest in the country, CCI is at the forefront when it comes to developing the IT talent pipeline.  Computing and informatics are the disciplines of our time.  There is no aspect of modern life that is not shaped by computing and the trend is for broader and deeper impact in every aspect of our lives.  We welcome the opportunity to work more closely with CMS.”

CCI was invited to participate by Valerie Truesdale, Ph.D., Chief Officer of Technology, Personalized Learning, and Engagement with CMS and a member of CCI’s Dean’s Advisory Board.

“Technology is transforming the way we learn, live and work.  Our schools must teach digital learners in the way they learn best,” Dr. Truesdale believes. “We expect students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to graduate with strong foundational skills in academics as well as technology integration, prepared for college and careers. Our responsibility is to provide aligned, 21st century learning environments that stretch students to their highest possible level of achievement, engaging our community in this important goal.”

Visiting teachers were given an overview of CCI and its innovative curriculum and cutting edge research,  along with hands on opportunities in areas such as data analytics, bioinformatics and genomics, and Makerspace, a collaborative lab with a focus on digital fabrication.

CCI joined the likes of Duke Energy, Premier, Piedmont Natural Gas and TIAA for the two-week engagement.

About the College of Computing and Informatics
The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is the largest and most comprehensive technology program in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation, offering scale and critical mass in cutting-edge research and innovation. CCI is a national leader in interdisciplinary partnerships, bridging fundamental research with critical scientific, societal, and national defense challenges. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the Center for Education Innovation.  Active research awards currently total $38 Million.  @UNCC_CCI

About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the seventeen institutions of the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Current enrollment exceeds 28,000 students, including 5,000 graduate students.

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