U.S. Sen. Reed tours R.I. STEM Center  

From left: Ron Pitt, Sen. Jack Reed, Mary Sullivan and Nancy Carrioulo

From left: Ron Pitt, Sen. Jack Reed, Mary Sullivan and Nancy Carrioulo
The R.I. STEM Center is one of the state’s leading professional development centers for educators of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Sen. Jack Reed recently took a tour of the center on the RIC campus, accompanied by RIC president Nancy Carriuolo and RIC vice president of Academic Affairs Ron Pitt. The tour was led by Mary Sullivan, director of the STEM Center.

Until five years ago, RIC pre-service teachers were still teaching out of 1950s classrooms, Carriuolo told Reed. In fact, in 2008, only 33% of RIC’s classrooms had electronic instructional features. Now, over 95% have been retrofitted with e-features.

Sen. Reed and Carriuolo look on in the Clarke Science Auditorium as RIC nursing students give a presentation using video conferencing
Reed took a look at video conferencing equipment, hi-definition cameras, smart board technology, dual projection, lecture capture and sound enhancement equipment in STEM classrooms. He then visited the Clarke Science Lecture Hall, which had been installed with hi-definition video conferencing and capture.

Sullivan said, “As educators, we are continuing to add to our toolbox. We have to use the same technology to teach our pre-service teachers that they will be using to teach schoolchildren.”

The senator was impressed with what he saw and commented that from an economic standpoint the state needs skilled workers trained in STEM fields who are able to use the latest technology.

The R.I. STEM Center improves STEM literacy among Rhode Island’s children, initiates training among educators and connects educators with the R.I. business community.

RIC nursing students continue their presentation using video conferencing