NRTS Initiatives 1997-98

1a. Name of Initiative: DOD/NASA High School Summer Internship
1b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Three high school student interns will be assigned to Ft. Monroe Property Book Warehouse Building 168 or NASA Langley Property Disposal Bldg. 1240, June 22 - Aug. 14, 1998. Intern will work 30 hr/wk for 8 weeks at a rate of $7.00/hr. Job will involve answering the telephone, data entry, bookkeeping, assisting warehouse supervisor and other office related duties. Intern will assist the DOD/NASA Coordinator with donations of the DOD/NASA excess Automated Data Processing #12999 and Computers for Learning Program. Intern will learn new skills, meet new people while helping their school and community. Applicant must have transportation to and from the DOD/NASA site.

1c. # Classes per school: N/A
1d. # of schools: I.C. Norcom High School
1e. # students: 3

2a. Name of Initiative: Learning Internet & Networking Knowledge (LINK)
2b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

The Link Project at Emily Spong Elementary gave selected students from the I.C. Norcom High School's PRIDE Program the opportunity to become familiar with Internet history, applications and guided practices. Desktop publishing using scanners and digital cameras were also part of the training. Summer 1997 and Summer 1998

2c. # Classes per school: n/a
2d. # of schools: Emily Spong Elementary and I.C. Norcom High
2e. # students: 13 in 1997; 30 in 1998

3a. Name of Initiative: MATHEMATICA Training for HBCU/MI Partners
3b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

This was a full day workshop which introduced representatives from the HBCU/MI partner institutions to use of MATHEMATICA in scientific research. Wolfram Research, makers of MATHEMATICA were contracted to provide professional trainers for the workshop. Representatives from the HBCU partner institutions were given a travel stipend to assist them in participating.

3c. # Classes per school: N/A
3d. # of schools: 5
3e. # students: 8

4a. Name of Initiative: Earth System Science Academy
4b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

The Earth System Science Academy is one of the major NRTS K-12 earth system science initiatives. During the 2-day summer academy, students tour the Great Dismal Swamp- ECSU owns a large portion of the swamp- and interact with teachers and researchers involved in wetlands research. Students stay overnight in the campus dorms and attend both Geoscience and Computer Science workshops.

4c. # Classes per school: N/A
4d. # of schools: 8
4e. # students: 45 in 1997; 38 in 1998

5a. Name of Initiative: Computers for Learning
5b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

President Clinton defined the mission of Computers for Learning in Executive Order 12999, "Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century," which states his goal -- "to ensure that American children have the skills they need to succeed in the information intensive 21th century."

The Computers for Learning program was established by Vice President Al Gore. The program represents an important contribution to President Clinton's Education Technology Initiative, which includes making modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom, connecting classrooms to the national information infrastructure, providing teachers with the professional development they need to use new technologies effectively, and encouraging the creation of innovative educational software. ( http://

The NASA Network Resources and Training Site located at Elizabeth City State University has entered in partnership with several public schools systems in North Carolina and Virginia, to serve as a reuse/refurbisher of the donated computer equipment.

In that voluntary role, the NRTS staff and students will work to: Assist schools with screening, pick up and delivery of donated computers; Test donated equipment to determine usefulness and refurbishing requirements; Replace harddrives and restore file systems on donated equipment; Purchase missing parts ( Keyboards, mice, cables, etc.); Set-up the donated equipment

In addition, the NRTS supports the following activities: $200 mini-grants to teachers for printer supplies, diskettes, software, etc.; Netday training and organization assistance to complete school LANs where needed; Assistance with teachers technology training and inservice needs.

5c. # Classes per school: N/A
5d. # of schools: 21
5e. # students: n/a
6a. Name of Initiative: Community Technology Outreach
6b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

It is understood by all parties that the equipment placed in the community center will be used computers secured through the Stevenson Wylder Act program of Langley Research Center. Monitors, keyboards, mice and a printer will be provided. No warranties are available on the equipment. Staff of the Network Resources and Training Site install the equipment and make reasonable effort to correct any operational malfunctions of the equipment for a period of 6 months. Replacement of equipment rather than repair may be the option selected by the NRTS staff. A one time grant (maximum of $200.00) will be made available to the center to purchase printer supplies diskettes and software. Four training workshops per month are available to community center personnel to orient them to the equipment. Workshops are at night and on Saturdays.

6c. # Classes per school: N/A
6d. # of schools: 12 community centers
6e. # students: n/a
7a. Name of Initiative: Talent Search Parents in Cyberspace
7b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

The ECSU Talent Search Program services over 1000 students in the Northeastern North Carolina Area. Parents of all Talent Search students are invited to 4 workshops per year which provide them computer application skills and information on use of World Wide Web tools. Workshops are conducted after 5pm and include dinner.

7c. # Classes per school: n/a
7d. # of schools: n/a
7e. # students: 1000

8a. Name of Initiative: Next Generation Internet Applications
8b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Two visiting lectures were conducted during 1997-98 which focused on Distributed Image Spreadsheets and EOSDIS. In addition, the principal investigator traveled to NASA Ames with other NRTS PIs to participate in the NREN Application workshops. Undergraduate students worked with a faculty mentor in implementing DISS using available datasets.

8c. # Classes per school: n/a
8d. # of schools: n/a
8e. # students: n/a
9a. Name of Initiative: Take our Daughters to Work Day
9b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Students from local K-12 schools participated in a workshop which introduced them to WWW resources on careers and occupations for women. The Women of NASA Website also provided resources for the workshop.

9c. # Classes per school: n/a
9d. # of schools: n/a
9e. # students: 26

10a. Name of Initiative: K-12 Educators Summer Workshops
10b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

The 1997 Summer Program focused on Integration of the WWW into the Classroom, NASA Math/Science Education Projects, Creating Webpages and NASA's Learning Technology Program. In addition to the training, the program also offered field trips and guest lectures. Participants met 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. All training was conducted at the NASA NRTS training site located in 113 Lester Hall on the campus of Elizabeth City State University. Participants arranged their own transportation. Lunch was provided each day. Leo Edwards served as a guest lecturer for instruction on CU-SeeMe. The program is open to all K-12 educators in North Carolina and Virginia. Participants receive a $500 stipend and 6 continuing education units.

10c. # Classes per school: n/a
10d. # of schools: 7
10e. # students: n/a

11a. Name of Initiative: Hertford County Educators Training
11b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Training of 40 Hertford County Educators, July 28-Aug 1, 1997, Oct 20,22, Nov. 17 & 19 at Hertford County Middle School. Training was conducted by the staff of the NASA- Network Resources and Training Site(NRTS). Training schedule included:Introduction to the Internet; WWW Search Engines; Introduction to HTML; GIF89A, backgrounds & bars; Hot Internet Sites for Educators I; NASA Websites for Science and Math; Email, Chatlines and Newsgroups; Internet Integration 101; Internet Lesson Plans & Wrap-up. All training materials were provided by the NRTS including notebooks and imprinted items.

11c. # Classes per school: n/a
11d. # of schools: 8
11e. # students: n/a

12a. Name of Initiative: Multimedia Training for HBCU/MI Partners
12b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Introduction to Photoshop (Demonstration);The Photoshop Window, The Tool Palette, Navigating in Photoshop,Image Size and Resolution, Photoshop Lab ( Hands-on), Enhancing Images with Photoshop (Demonstration), Cropping, Selecting Parts of Images, Manipulating Selections, Color Modes, The Color Picker, The Info Palette, The Eyedropper Tool, Painting Tools, Layers and much more.Trainer was Stephanie Rusnak from the SCSU-NRTS Sept. 18, 1997.

Multimedia Authoring with Authorware:This workshop was designed to teach the fundamentals and logic of how Authorware works. Participants learned how to use the Authorware Icons and began creating basic projects that include Director movie, sound, interactive buttons, and video. After completing these workshops, participants were able to:

Fundamentals: Use Authorware Icons to create multimedia applications; Build interactions and feedback structures using Authorware's built-in response types; Develop paging and navigation structures; Define and implement hypertext and hyperlinks; Incorporate multimedia, such as sounds, digital video, and even Director productions, into Authorware; Create and use models, templates, and libraries; Use Authorware's custom buttons; Create a stand-alone runtime application.

Intermediate: Create custom variables for data tracking; Set and retrieve values for variables; Embed variables in displays; Use functions to constrain an object to a path, play a sound while dragging an object, lock an object on the screen, and use conditional branching options; Use the calculation icon; Create sequential branching using the decision icon; Produce testing interactions with judging and feedback; Jump between Authorware and other files.

12c. # Classes per school: n/a
12d. # of schools: 8
12e. # students: n/a

13a. Name of Initiative: NASA-NRTS Achievement Awards
13b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Certificate and check for $100.00 were given to 7 ECSU students. Students were in good academic standing. Students must have made an outstanding contribution to the operation of the NRTS and have been recommended by a NRTS staff member.

13c. # Classes per school: n/a
13d. # of schools: 1
13e. # students: 7

14a. Name of Initiative: URLabs Commercialization Venture
14b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

This initiative represents the first attempt of an HBCU to commercialize a NASA related technology. ECSU and URLabs have agreed that they will use their best efforts to jointly accomplish the following objectives: Share leading-edge, technology-based expertise to enhance the capacity of K-12 educational institutions in the states of North Carolina and Virginia; Develop a mechanism to generate revenue for the specific purpose of subsidizing ECSU's K-12 Internet-related activities; Utilize technical expertise of ECSU to strengthen the competitiveness of regional-based industry; Provide a mechanism for practical learning experience for ECSU students within private industry; Develop a forum to provide leading industry perspectives to ECSU faculty and students.

14c. # Classes per school: n/a
14d. # of schools: 1
14e. # students: n/a

15a. Name of Initiative: Roanoke River Valley Consortium Outreach
15b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Continuing technical and training support for a variety of RRVC initiatives and programs including workshops for students and staff of the NSF Turnage Scholars Program; workshops for teachers and staff of the NASA-PACE program; Computers for Learning Program; Program Evaluation Assistance; and technical support for funding request.

15c. # Classes per school: n/a
15d. # of schools: 35
15e. # students: 12800

16a. Name of Initiative: ECSU Undergraduate Scholarships
16b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Forty nine thousand dollars in scholarships was awarded to sixteen students during 1997-98 to assist with the cost of college tuition, room and board. All students involved in the program will be expected to: Maintain the qualifying 3.0 GPA; Attend the visiting lecturer series; Initiate a research project with their advisor; Attend the research training seminars; Make written reports of their student/sponsor travels; Devote 20 hours each week to working in the research laboratory; and remain a full time student carrying at least 15 hours of coursework. This program will provide the student with the following benefits: State-of-the-art computer research support equipment; Support for travel to national and regional conferences; Money for their college expenses; Summer research and internship opportunities; Specially designed seminars with visiting lecturers.

16c. # Classes per school: n/a
16d. # of schools: 1
16e. # students: 16

17a. Name of Initiative: MUSPIN Conference
17b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Three staff members and six undergraduate students attended the annual MUSPIN Conference at City College of New York. Staff members made presentations during both the Networking Break-out session on "Caching Servers" and the Call for Participation presentations on "Conducting a Successful NetDay." Students presented their research findings during the Poster Session/Reception. Student presentations included: "Computer Ethics in Cyberspace (Curtis Felton)", "Robust Motion Tracking(Charles Gatling)", "Using Renderman to Produce High Quality Images from Iris Explorer (Courtney Fields)".

17c. # Classes per school: n/a
17d. # of schools: 1
17e. # students: 4

18a. Name of Initiative: Hampton University Graduate Success Program
18b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Three graduate students attending Hampton University received $1500.00 to assist with tuition, and living expenses during 1997-98. Two of the students are working on a masters degree in computer science while the third is working on a masters degree in mathematics. All students were required to donate 20 hours of service to the NRTS per semester. The service hours were in support of training activities during which the students served as lab assistants.

18c. # Classes per school: n/a
18d. # of schools: 1
18e. # students: 3

19a. Name of Initiative: Fayetteville State University Training
19b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Undergraduate students at Fayetteville State University were involved in two workshops during the Fall of 1997 which introduced them to the Internet and how to use the WWW for research. Dr. Tat Chan of the computer science department of FSU organized the workshop. NRTS staff members provided the training and all training materials. The workshop was held on the campus of FSU.

19c. # Classes per school: n/a
19d. # of schools: 1
19e. # students: 45
20a. Name of Initiative: Bennett College Faculty Summer Participation
20b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

One Bennett College faculty (Vita Jones) and one administrator (Nannette Smith) participated in the summer 1997 extended training workshops on the campus of ECSU. Professional webpages were created along with development of curriculum materials.

20c. # Classes per school: n/a
20d. # of schools: 1
20e. # students: n/a

21a. Name of Initiative: Univ. of NC at Pembroke-Eisenhower Award
21b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Two workshops on Integration of the Internet into the Curriculum were conducted on the campus of UNCP for teachers at Purnell Swett High School in Robeson County. The workshops were led by NRTS staff members. Workshops were part of the committment made to UNCP by the NRTS in conjunction with an Eisenhower grant for $30,000.

21c. # Classes per school: n/a
21d. # of schools: 1
21e. # students: n/a

22a. Name of Initiative: Earth System Science Research/Training Awards
22b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Earth System Science Research Training Awards of $400.00 were awarded to 3 undergraduate ECSU Students to support their investigations. Investigations involve Total Coliform Bacteria in Pasquotank County Waterways (Sherica Williams); Great Dismal Swamp Water Sample Analysis (Larry Elmore) and Fecal Coliform Bacteria (Jennifer Amstutz). One Earth System Science Training Award was given to Sharon Saunders for her workshop entitled "Earth System Science on the World Wide Web."

22c. # Classes per school: n/a
22d. # of schools: 1
22e. # students: 4

23a. Name of Initiative: GLOBE Teacher Training
23b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

Two Globe teacher workshops were conducted involving more than 50 participants. North Carolina State Univesity provided the trainers for one workshop. They were assisted by NRTS students and staff.

23c. # Classes per school: n/a
23d. # of schools: 20
23e. # students: n/a
24a. Name of Initiative: Mini-Grants to Educators
24b. Brief description of Activities and Outcomes:

The Network Resources and Training Site at Elizabeth City State University announces a 1998 grant competition for "Integration of the Internet into the Classroom" projects. It is anticipated that 5-8 grants will be awarded. Grants will range from $100.00 to $500.00 and are open to all secondary school partners. The grants are designed to assist K-12 teachers to implement multimedia or WWW projects in their classrooms. Projects may involve students in: email penpal relationships; information gathering; competitions; writing; online conferencing with Cu-SeeMe; or other hands-on projects. Priority will be assigned to projects which involve the use of NASA educational websites, projects, missions, or science(i.e. Skymath, Quest, SpaceLink, Globe, Earth System Science Academy, etc). Other suggestions are available at and

Allowable purchases include:
. Software ( desktop publishing, multimedia, clipart, etc.)
. Hardware( RAM, digital cameras, zip drives, modems, speakers, etc.)
. Supplies (diskettes, printer supplies, etc.)
. Network expansion (cables, NIC cards, Hubs, etc)
. Travel for training

Grant recipients are required to conduct one workshop on their project during the Spring'99 Training Event (date to be announced) and to attend the Fall Learning Technologies Conference at ECSU Nov. 6-7, 1998.

24c. # Classes per school: n/a
24d. # of schools: 14
24e. # students: n/a
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