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Smart Lighting – Smart Power – Smart Systems - Curriculum Development Institute

This summer Rensselaer will provide teachers with an understanding of Digital Lighting Technology to develop classroom modules 

This one week day program on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York is organized and sponsored by the NSF Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. This program is a week-long summer day enrichment program with a residential option that will introduce high school teachers to leading edge lighting, power and sensor technologies and how they can be integrated into real world, sustainable and well-engineered Smart Systems. Under the guidance of graduate students and faculty from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, teachers are engaged in hands-on activities using the fundamentals of electronics and photonics to engineer solutions that address today’s social and environmental challenges.

High school and middle school general science, physics, math, and technology teachers as well as some combination of interdisciplinary teams of teachers from school districts are encouraged to participate to develop projected based curriculum modules.


Elizabeth Herkenham
Education Outreach Director
School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute