Liberty Science Center (LSC) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have signed an agreement affirming their dedication to collaborating and cooperating in programs and initiatives that advance mutual missions and objectives that lead to improved teaching and learning, and that contribute to improved science and technology literacy.
The summer of 2007 will see the debut of the first four projects to be funded by NJIT that will initiate collaboration with LSC. NJIT Provost Priscilla Nelson, PhD is a strong supporter of this collaboration with LSC. “NJIT with its creative energies and leadership in science and engineering research and education is a perfect partner for LSC and its educational and outreach missions,” she said.
Through this collaboration, LSC can provide NJIT with access to the regional community and a large population of young adults, educators, family members, and others seeking information on a wide range of science and technology issues, Nelson added. NJIT can connect that audience directly to real science and the scientists and engineers engaged in cutting edge research. James Geller, PhD, professor, department of computer science at NJIT has been the coordinator for developing the partnership between LSC and NJIT’s faculty.
The first project, lead by Kate Swift of NJIT and Richard Foulds, PhD, associate professor in the department of biomedical engineering at NJIT, will develop an opportunity to build special kinds of video games from a tool box of software tools. The important feature of this tool box is that the games can be selectively tuned towards the needs of disabled people.
For example, a disabled young adult could play such a game against other family members, with the game automatically compensating for motor weaknesses of the young adult. Video game development has been one of the hottest areas in computing, and the outreach to the disabled makes this a project of great importance for a population that is normally neglected by video game developers.
N. M. Ravindra, PhD, professor in the department of physics at NJIT, combines science with the art of baseball by studying the effects of material and design of baseball bats on how baseballs accelerate when hit. These days, batters can choose to hit with the original wooden bats, aluminum bats and most recently bats made from composite materials. Ravindra’s experiments will help explain the old baseball myths to new generations.
Paul Ranky, PhD, professor in the department of industrial and manufacturing engineering at NJIT, will be involved in two NJIT/LSC projects. The first project will introduce advanced digital design concepts to complete beginners. The use of web-executable 3D interactive simulations for manufacturing will clarify a difficult topic to LSC’s visitors in an enjoyable, non-technical format. The second project will focus on a topic that has excited the fantasy of technically-inclined people for many decades, namely the development of humanoid robots.
Both institutions look forward to working together to advance the progress already made and explore new possibilities.
Dedicated to providing transformative experiences that connect schools and society with science and technology, LSC is the New Jersey-New York City region's largest education resource. Motivated by an innovative philosophy and enabled by a $109 million expansion and renewal, LSC is bringing the excitement of science to students, educators, families and adults in engaging new ways and establishing a progressive benchmark for the science center field. Visit www.lsc.org to learn more about LSC, located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City.