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Research Experiences for Teachers Summer Program in Biologically-inspired Computing Systems

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Na Gong University of South Alabama

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Dr. Gong is currently W. Nicholson Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of South Alabama. She received my Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 2013. ​Dr. Gong's research interests lie in VLSI, embedded vision, and intelligent circuits and systems. Dr. Gong has integrated research into her teaching, advising, and mentoring, and she has organized many K-12 programs to encourage female and minority students to pursue engineering and computing careers.

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Shenghua Zha University of South Alabama

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Assistant Professor of Instructional Design and Development, Learning Technology
Department of Counseling and Instructional Science
College of Education and Professional Studies
University of South Alabama

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Funded by NSF Division of Computer and Network Systems, this grant establishes a new Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site at the University of South Alabama (USA). In 2021 summer, eight middle school and high school teachers from two local public-school districts spent six weeks engaged with research activities on biologically-inspired computing systems. They worked on discovery-based research projects and obtain transdisciplinary research experience on biologically-inspired computing systems spanning application (cancer detection), algorithm (Spiking Neural Networks), architecture and circuit (synaptic memory design), and device (memristor). The USA faculty mentors, curriculum development specialist from school districts, Instructional Coach from Science/Mathematics faculty at USA coached participants as they designed standards-compliant curriculum modules and conduct professional development activities. The implementation details of the summer program and the evaluations results are presented in this paper.

Gong, N., & Zha, S. (2022, August), Research Experiences for Teachers Summer Program in Biologically-inspired Computing Systems Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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