is a not-for-profit scientific research institution which conducts intelligence, science and technology research for government entities, public agencies and private subcontractors. This AGI business partner is proficient with STK
(see its eCRT
projects) for its customers, but it also uses STK for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach
, including its internship program
. I recently visited the Riverside Research Center in Beavercreek, OH, where the interns demonstrated their skill with STK through a series of presentations. Dr. Andrew Shepherd, the Collegiate and STEM Programs manager within Riverside Research’s Education and Training (E&T) Directorate, invited me to watch the presentations and go on a tour of the lab. I was absolutely impressed with the variety and creativity with which they are using STK.
Project themes ranged from disaster relief and recon missions to recreating the Red Bull Stratos
jump. Intern Sue Williams used STK to create a GPS tracking scenario to help those who may have trouble getting around, such as Alzheimer’s patients, or her father, who has trouble seeing. Another student, Kyle Schneider, gave a wonderful presentation using data from Hurricane Katrina to show how to use radio communication to develop efficient search and rescue ground teams.
While the students had varying exposure to STK, all of their applications demonstrated incredible creativity. Aaron Fletcher used STK to present a three-tier approach to searching for chemical weapons. Topics were relevant, but clearly stemmed from personal interest and were well-researched. Stacy Smith used her project to address a cause for which she is deeply passionate. She used STK to coordinate food drops to refugee camps in conflict areas in the Middle East.
It’s fantastic to see organizations such as Riverside making it a significant part of their mission to proliferate interest in science, technology, engineering and math. We are so proud to see their interns finding such innovative uses of our software. It truly represents why we changed the name to “Systems” Tool Kit
. See what you can do with the free software by downloading it from www.agi.com/stk10