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IEEE TISP11; Toronto April 28-29, 2011 C REATING E XCITMENT ABOUT L EARNING (AND T EACHING) Witold Kinsner Cognitive Systems Laboratory Department of Electrical.

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1 IEEE TISP11; Toronto April 28-29, 2011 C REATING E XCITMENT ABOUT L EARNING (AND T EACHING) Witold Kinsner Cognitive Systems Laboratory Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 5V6 and the Institute of Industrial Mathematical Sciences, and the Experimental Media Research Group, and Telecommunications Research Laboratories, TRLabs

2 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 2 of 42 – Motivation (1/2) Enrollment in universities has dropped. Many parents think that there are no jobs in Canada. How do we attract students to: –Engineering –Computer –Electrical –Aerospace –Biomedical –Technology –Sciences How do we help to instill the excitement and love of learning?

3 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 3 of 42 – Methodology The traditional passive and active approaches to high-school outreach have many merits –Presentations; –Competitions; and –Engineering Week and other special events. Augmented approaches should also be applied –Hands-on workshops (in schools and universities); –Extended courses (e.g., amateur radio, bioinformatics, smart systems); –Symposia (e.g., Peguis First Nation Science & Engineering Symposium); –Teaching teachers workshops. Is outreach to high schools too late? –Primary schools must be included; –Tours to university labs; –MiniUniversity; –Enrichment programs (workshops; augmented courses); –New introductory interactive books (e.g, Gord Klimenko); and –Parents and guardians should also be included. This talk illustrates how good these approaches have been in Manitoba.

4 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 4 of 42 – Outline of This Talk Overview (just completed) –Motivation; methodology and feasibility Attractors (Strange) –Traditional driving forces & activities –Special augmented activities –Multi-hub activities Examples –Space Adventure Camp –Canadian Satellite Design Challenge –Near-Space Exploratorium –First Nation Science & Engineering Symposia –Mentorship –Teaching Teachers Closing Remarks

5 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 5 of 42 – Attractors: How Do We Attract Students? (1/4) Traditional Driving Forces

6 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 6 of 42 – Attractors: How Do We Attract Students? (2/4) Traditional Driving Forces

7 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 7 of 42 – Attractors: How Do We Attract Students? (3/5) Traditional Activities

8 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 8 of 42 – Attractors: How Do We Attract Students? (4/5) Special Activities

9 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 9 of 42 – Attractors: How Do We Attract Students? (5/5) Multi-Hub Activities

10 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 10 of 42 – Outline of This Talk Overview –Motivation; methodology and feasibility Attractors (Strange) –Traditional driving forces & activities –Special augmented activities –Multi-hub activities Examples –Space Adventure Camp –Canadian Satellite Design Challenge –Near-Space Exploratorium –First Nation Science & Engineering Symposia –Mentorship –Teaching Teachers Closing Remarks

11 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 11 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp (1/10) Objective –To provide students (grade 9-11) with hands-on experience in –Science, –Engineering, and –Technology. Participants –Students; –Teachers; –Parents & friends. Duration –One week in July (e.g., from Sun, July 17 to Sun, July 24, 2011); Sponsors (20) –University of Manitoba; –Industry (e.g., Magellan Bristol, Boeing, Standard Aero); –Military (Aerospace School); –Organizations (e.g., Women in Science & Engineering).

12 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 12 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Contents (2/10) Pre-Study Course (one month in advance) –Space environment; –Satellite design; –Orbital mechanics; –Satellite communications; –Satellite navigation; –Remote sensing from satellites; and –Spacelift. Orientation Session (one day prior to the camp) –Registered students; –Parents and friends; –President of the university; –Aerospace industry representatives; –Government representatives;

13 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 13 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Contents (3/10) Small Talks (15-min) –What is this camp all about? –What is astro science? –What is astro engineering? –What is space law? –What is space communications –Do I fit into all of it or part of it? Workshops (several hours a day) –Rockets (building and launching); –Robotics (building and taking home); –Near-space balloon (launching and tracking); –Foxhunting (finding illegal transmitters in the field); –Satellite communnications through a ground station; –Experiments in space (Canadian Space Agency) –Simulation of space (company working with CSA)

14 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 14 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Contents (4/10) Bigger Talks (45-min & videos) –YES2 experiment; –Zero-gravity experiment (video); –Pico-satellite building experience; –Unmanned vehicles; –Experience from formula car competitions; –Large rockets (talk and launching). Tours to Research Labs (several hours, two days) –Robotics (medical purposes); –Biomedical (hands-on); –Rapid prototyping (design tools and 3D printing); –Nanofabrication facilities (clean room).

15 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 15 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Pics (5/10) Using STK Docking to ISS

16 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 16 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Pics (6/10) Launching Rockets

17 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 17 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Pics (7/10) Larger Rockets Building a Robot

18 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 18 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Pics (8/10) Larger Robots (tour) Driving a Formula Car (emulator)

19 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 19 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Pics (9/10) Biomedical Lab (tour) Talking to Chris Hatfield

20 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 20 of 42 – Example 1: Space Adventure Camp: Pics (10/10) Zero-G Flight & Experiment

21 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 21 of 42 – Example 2: Can. Satellite Des. Challenge (1/5) Objective: –To develop a triple pico-satellite (10 x 10 x 30 cm), including its –Design; –Implement; –Verify; –Test; and –Launch.

22 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 22 of 42 – Example 2: Can. Satellite Des. Challenge (2/5) Start 2010 Completion 2012 Registered Students 78 –Engineering; –Sciences; –Business; –Arts. Advisors 42 –Academic9 –Aerospace18 –Industrial9 –Radio3 –Military3 –Student Government2 –Government2 –Community1

23 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 23 of 42 – Example 2: Can. Satellite Des. Challenge (3/5) All Stakeholders

24 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 24 of 42 – Example 2: CSDC: Outreach Examples (4/5) April 7, Balmoral Hall Presentation –A team of 5 UMSATS students gave a lunch presentation on the satellite project to a group of Grade 12 Physics and Chemistry students. The emphasis was on linking some of their courses to careers in the space industry in Manitoba. April 27, Marie-Anne-Gaboury School –A team of 6 UMSATS students will be making a half hour presentation to a class of Grade 6 students who have just finished a unit on the solar system. The presentation links ideas about the planets and space to satellites. April 29, Maples Collegiate –A team of 3 UMSATS students will serve as judges for the Canadian National Marsville Program Link-Up Day. At the Marsville Link=Up Day, 300 students from across the province will present the habitats they have designed to support life in Mars.

25 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 25 of 42 – Example 2: CSDC: Outreach Examples (5/5) May 5, Grade 6 English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program –UMSATS will be hosting two groups of grade 6 students for a 45 minute workshop on satellite design and a 15 minute tour of the Robotics Lab. May Vincent Massey Collegiate –A team of 5-6 UMSATS students will make a presentation to the Grade classes on the satellite challenge and careers in science and technology.

26 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 26 of 42 – Example 3: Near-Space Exploratorium (1/3) Objectives –To provide hands-on design, construction and testing experience to students (university, college, high-school); –To provide a testing facility to –University students (capstone projects) –High-school students (science projects) –To provide a testing facility to –Industry (design for harsh environments) –R&D groups

27 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 27 of 42 – Example 3: Near-Space Exploratorium (2/3) Facilities –Satellite ground station; –GENSO (Global Educational Network for Satellite Operations to support the operation of university satellites).

28 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 28 of 42 – Example 3: Near-Space Exploratorium (3/3) Facilities –Controlled-lift vehicle (100, ,000 ft; km)

29 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 29 of 42 – Example 4: Peguis FN Symposium (1/5) Objective –To encourage First Nations students to study science and engineering. Attendees –500 students from the Peguis First Nation Location –Hotel (did not work well; no direct association with education) –University of Manitoba Duration –Two days Instructors: Professors and students from –Science –Engineering Collaboration –EngAP (Engineering Access Program)

30 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 30 of 42 – Example 4: Peguis FN Symposium (2/5) Workshop example –Can I design and build a tiny robot? Logistics –Assembly –Soldering Support –UG student assistants (SA); 1 : 1 –Pre-workshop training of SAs –Part recognition; –Part assembly; –Soldering; –Testing. Outcome –Take-home robot (all but one completed)

31 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 31 of 42 – Example 4: Peguis FN Symposium (3/5) Peguis students & SAs Explaining elements

32 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 32 of 42 – Example 4: Peguis FN Symposium (4/5) Learning how to solder Finished machines charging

33 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 33 of 42 – Example 4: Peguis FN Symposium (5/5) I will show it to my parents and my friends.

34 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 34 of 42 – Example 5: Teaching Teachers (1/1) Objectives –To provide high-school teachers with hands-on experience related to –mechatronics projects, –their alternative designs, and/or –Their alternative implementations. Logistics –During Teachers-In-Service days (Fall and Spring); –Take-home project; –Take-home alternative designs. Project Examples –Can I design and build a tiny robot? –Can I design and build a small rocket? –Can this thing launch a rocket safely? –Will this payload survive in a Marsian atmosphere? –One-eye vision.

35 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 35 of 42 – Example 5: Teaching Teachers (2/5) How it works Finished machines

36 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 36 of 42 – Example 5: Teaching Teachers (3/5) Classes of good solders Safe handling of solder

37 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 37 of 42 – Example 5: Teaching Teachers (4/5) Solder in a safe container Solder for a group of students

38 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 38 of 42 – Example 6: Mentorship (1/1) Objectives –To provide senior high-school students with the highest possible project experience within one academic term. Logistics –A project is requested by a student, based on their interest; –A mentor professor is selected for the project; –A detailed project is discussed and selected; –Review meetings (every other week); –Presentation to the school by the student; –The student gats credit for the project. Project examples –Speech acquisition, recognition, synthesis –Pattern recognition using neural networks –Societal robots –Soccer-playing robots –Machine vision

39 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 39 of 42 – Concluding Remarks Traditional driving forces –Insufficient by themselves Traditional activities –Helpful when students want to come to the university Special augmented activites –Appear to be more attractive –Are more costly –Require much effort –Should be done within a distributed system Hands-on experience –Critical TISP can help very much!

40 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 40 of 42 – Acknowledgements Partial financial support of this project is acknowledged gratefully from: –University of Manitoba –Manitoba Aerospace –MindSet –Canadian Space Agency –Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada

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42 TISP11, Toronto; Apr 28-29, 2011 © W. Kinsner; v.32 – 42 of 42 – References (1/2) All references are listed in the accompanying paper. Additional References [CUTG01] Codon Usage Tabulated from GenBank. Maintained by the First Laboratory for Plant Gene Research, Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Japan, Available as of May 2009 from [DSRC99] I. Dunham, N. Shimizu, B. A. Rpe, S. Chissoe, et al., The DNA sequence of human chromosome 22, Nature, vol. 402, pp , [Ferr08] Thomas E. Ferrin, Interactive protein structure visualization, Cupertino, CA: Apple, Availble as of June 12, 2008 from – – – Movie: science_insidetheimage_ferris _480x480-protein [GGGP80] R. Grantham, C. Gautier, M. Gouy, R. Mercier, and A. Pave, Codon catalog usage and the genome hypothesis, Nucl. Acids Res., vol. 8, pp. r49-62, 1980.


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