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  • 1. Direct-to-Discovery Warren Matthews and Brian Flanagan. (Georgia Tech).
  • 2. Abstract
    • The direct to discovery program connects leading edge science and scientists to middle and high-schoolers
    • Utilizing HD videoconferencing over high speed networks.
    • Students have explored the clean room at Georgia Tech and examined nano-tubes under an electron microscope.
    • Students have also talked to genome researchers at UGA, questioned engineers at NASA, and experienced music with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
    • As the program grows, students will interact with divers at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and remotely access telescopes.
    • This presentation will detail the technical aspects of the project and how other researchers and schools can get involved.
  • 3. What’s New?
    • D2D is not Distance Learning.
      • Augment book learning.
      • Engage the student and interact with the scientists.
    • Logical next step
      • Use technology to expose students to philosophy of research, and better prepare them for college and the 21 st Century workforce.
    • Some offer college credit.
    • Other K-12 outreach.
    • Challenge of educating the digital natives.
    • Doom and Gloom of STEM crisis.
  • 4.
  • 5. Equipment
    • Polycom HDX9004, Tandberg Edge 95, LifeSize Express
      • HD (720p)
      • 1080p offerings have been announced
    • Large Screen Monitors, camera etc
    • Also required – high speed network connectivity
      • 2-6 Mbps
  • 6. The Internet
    • The Internet has had a significant impact on teaching, learning and research at the University level.
      • Connect resources and needs
    • And has the potential to do the same thing at the K-12 level.
    • Internet access is no longer something nice to have.
    • It is critical for teaching and learning in the 21 st century classroom
    • Erate funding has committed over $19b in the last 10 years to get schools connected to the Internet.
  • 7. Internet2 (1/2)
    • Advanced Networking in General.
      • R&E Networking.
      • Over 100 Mbps.
      • Also latency, routing, bandwidth per student.
    • National Backbone Network.
      • Also National Lambda Rail (NLR).
    • Organization for User Communities.
      • e.g. K20 group.
    • Not to be confused with Web 2.0.
  • 8. Internet2 (2/2)
    • Translate to connectivity with meaningful bandwidth, and the applications that make use of it
      • Three legs of a stool.
    • Add a fourth leg for added stability
      • Enthusiastic participants
  • 9. Beyond the Bandwidth Barrier
    • Additional capacity is just the first step.
    • What becomes possible if there was almost unlimited bandwidth?
    • R&E networking enables advanced applications for new learning experiences.
    • Also see
  • 10. What Else Is It Good For?
    • The applications mentioned on the MUSE site ( ):
      • Videoconferencing (D2D)
      • Teleimmersion/telepresence (Gray’s Reef)
      • Remote control of scientific instrumentation (ORNL)
      • Sensors, simulations, haptics
    • Equipment and Professional Development
  • 11. Barrow County Schools
    • Barrow is a small county between Atlanta and Athens.
    • Growing suburb of Atlanta, bedroom community. Attracting Clean Industry.
    • Many of the problems of rural districts without the benefit of being counted as rural.
    • Make use of Technology to fill the needs, including significantly more bandwidth.
    • Around 11,000 students in 14 schools.
  • 12. Peachnet
    • Peachnet passes within 5 miles of 35 school district offices.
    • SOX connects most of the R&E institutes in the South East to National and International destinations.
  • 13. SEGP
    • Sponsored Education Group Participant.
    • SOX sponsors Peachnet.
    • Any K-12 District connecting to Peachnet will get connectivity to Internet2/NLR via SOX.
    • Improve performance, enabling access to rich content.
  • 14. Utilization More capacity means less congestion Immediately see usage 2-3x previous capacity. District upgraded from 20 Mbps to 155 Mbps (Peachnet).
  • 15. A Typical K-12 System in Georgia. Severely congested pipes mean long queues in routers. This graph show the delay (in milliseconds) between the clean room at Georgia Tech and a district central office . In the evenings and weekends, delay is 5 milliseconds.
  • 16. A K-12 System Connected to Peachnet. 2.2 milliseconds 2.4 milliseconds 001e.4fbf.e53d 001e.4fbf.e53d 001e.4fbf.e53d This graph show the delay (in milliseconds) between the clean room at Georgia Tech and a district central office .
  • 17. Get Involved
    • This community can help
    • Connect your local school district
      • Remember 35 districts are within 5 miles of Peachnet
    • Provide Rich Content
      • Existing K-12 Outreach programs
      • Use the network
      • Portal/
  • 18. Summary
    • D2D attempts to bring research labs into K-12 classrooms
    • Augment teaching and learning
    • Expose students to the philosophy of research, better prepare them for college and the 21 st century workforce
    • Can you help?
  • 19. Acknowledgements
    • The teachers and staff at Barrow County District Schools: Ed, John, Kevin, Marshall, Ron, Amy, Pam, Kristy.
    • And other districts: Mindy, Jim, Keith.
    • Researchers at Georgia Tech (content providers): Greg, Joel, Jud, Jim.
    • Others: Paul, Claudia, Jim.
  • 20. Any Questions?