Wednesday, June 19, 2013
11:40 am – 1:20 pm
Room 2
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

In conjunction with the
2013 American Control Conference
June 17 - 19, 2013

Sponsors: ACC 2013 and American Automatic Control Council (AACC).

Organizers: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas) and Radhakisan Baheti (National Science Foundation).

Organizing and Program Committee: Members of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Control Education and AACC Technical Committee on Education.

Purpose: This Special Session is designed to increase the general awareness of the importance of educational activities that demonstrate the power, beauty and excitement of systems and control technology and its cross-disciplinary nature among high school students and teachers. Control is a field that spans science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The success of all STEM fields depends on attracting the most gifted young people to science and engineering profession. Early exposure to middle and high school students and their teachers is a key factor. This Special Session includes presentations by control systems researchers and educators from academia and industry at all levels from graduate students to distinguished scholars. A sample of the best short "Plain Talks" that were developed to be educational, inspirational and entertaining showing the excitement of the STEM fields will be presented.

These talks will serve as a role model for developing the best presentations by young researchers. The Session will bring the attention to the fact that much before NSF was concerned with K-12 education, our control community had the idea that high school teachers and their students should be made aware of and become involved in basic ideas of control theory. The idea was that education is at all levels an inclusive process. It should integrate scholarship, teaching, and learning both horizontally and vertically. A model was developed that has been followed by other organizations and societies. It has established a sustainable outreach partnership among the control communities and school districts at the places where major conferences are held. This Session should attract young researchers who are seeking the opportunity to make their contributions to the CSS and AACC outreach programs as well to their local communities. This history of Workshops for Middle and High School Teachers and Students is a success story and there is so much to be learned from it.


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