Seidenberg students have gone back to middle school because they missed it so much. Not really, but this is one middle school that our students may wish they had attended! The Isaac Newton Middle School School for Math and Science recently received a grant from Apple to the tune of one million dollars, with an end goal of each and every student at the school being equipped with an iPad to help them engage better with their education.
Modern technology is increasingly being rolled out in primary and secondary education, with several similar initiatives like providing students with laptops and other personal devices arising within the last few years. This time, it’s Isaac Newton MS for Math and Science’s turn, and we’re excited to be a part of it!
Top Seidenberg graduate students Bhushan Suryawanshi, Jigar Mehta, Hardik Patel, Dhruvil Gandhi and Pratik Dhiman have been visiting the school in order to provide support with getting its technical infrastructure up and running. Together, the students are modifying existing smart class and smart board tech to get it at par with the requirements. The school’s computer lab is also being modified to a greater standard, and they are also setting up the iPads and classrooms for new tech.
Different applications on iPad and smart class together will make the class more interactive, which can have far more appeal to middle school students who are growing up with access to various kinds of technology. With this generous grant from Apple, we’re confident the school will put its brand new tech to good use – and maybe we’ll see those students again come college application time!
The Seidenberg School is to receive a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling two and a half million dollars. The grant is in support of the project “A Multiple Pathway Approach to CyberCorps – Renewal,” which is directed by Dr. Li-Chiou Chen, Dr. Joseph Ryan (the Dyson School), Dr. Darren Hayes, and Prof. Andreea Cotoranu.
This project extends the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program at Pace University. The Pace CyberCorps program received about $1 million from the NSF between 2010 and 2015, and the new NSF award will bring an additional $2.5 million to advance Pace’s program over the next five years between 2015 and 2020.
The Seidenberg School has been awarded the grant in order to support 3-4 cybersecurity scholars every year, assist student research in cybersecurity, and direct several outreach programs – including running the GenCyber cybersecurity teachers’ workshop which concluded recently. The grant will support eligible cybersecurity scholars who are current Pace students, transfer students from community colleges, and new graduate students from other universities. All scholars are required to fulfill core curriculum requirements in both cybersecurity and mathematics, as well as interdisciplinary curriculum requirements in either criminal justice, business administration, or another discipline. The scholars will also be expected to complete research projects and professional development activities. The interdisciplinary academic preparation will allow the graduates to conduct cybersecurity tasks in a specialty area such as information assurance compliance and auditing, network security administration, digital forensics, etc.
Cybersecurity is one of our key initiatives, and we want to encourage students to learn about this field as it’s not only crucial for securing our digital information over the Internet, but it’s an ever-growing area where employment opportunities abound. The National Science Foundation grant will allow Seidenberg and Pace University to continue its efforts as a center for cybersecurity research and education.
We’d like to congratulate Dr. Chen, Dr. Ryan, Dr. Hayes, and Prof. Cotoranu on this fantastic achievement!