Ph.D. Candidate Melissa Romanus is volunteering with Spy Technology, a Rutgerscience Saturday Program Designed to Spark Youth Interest in Science.

On March 29, 2014 sixty middle school youth and their parents will work with a talented group of graduate students and professors from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to learn about topics such as computer password protection, listening like a spy using laser technology, and mapping crime scenes using 3-D computer software.  The program, called Spy Technology, attracted students from all over New Jersey to come to Rutgers Busch campus to learn about computer science.

The 4-H Department of Youth Development’s 2014 Rutgerscience Saturdays are designed to spur youth interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and expose youth to the roots and global reach of Rutgers cutting edge science.

Rutgers University offers a variety of in and out of school opportunities for New Jersey youth to engage in STEM learning.  “There is mounting evidence that structured, non-school science programs can feed or stimulate the science specific interests of children, may positively influence academic achievement for students, and may expand participants’ sense of future science career options” (NRC 2009).  Computer science faculty and graduate students are eager to share their expertise with these young people and will serve as wonderful role models to help kids get excited about a future career in science and engineering.

Please see the 4-H Science Engineering & Technology (SET) website for more information on Rutgerscience Saturday programs and on other upcoming events.