Riverside Research understands that the future of the United States rests heavily on the next generations of our national technical workforce. The critical thinkers, decision makers, and innovators of tomorrow are sitting in middle school classrooms today, unaware for the most part of the expectations placed on them. With these future leaders in mind, Riverside Research invested in an Independent Research and Development (IR&D) program called STEM SELL – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Solutions for Enhancing Lifelong Learning (SELL) – in order to facilitate the development of standards-based STEM curriculum at the junior high, high school, and collegiate levels.
Beginning in 2011, STEM SELL built upon the momentum of numerous STEM activities already underway at Riverside Research, including a growing internship program in the Dayton, Ohio region. Within just one year, this IR&D project blossomed into a full-fledged STEM Program under the company’s Education and Training Directorate, accelerating capabilities in electronic textbook (e-Text) design, mentor-guided internships, community outreach, and DOD-approved course development and instruction for students at all levels of education.
The Riverside Research e-Text library continues to expand under this IR&D effort. Published in 2011, Remote Sensing: A View Through Mechanical Eyes is an interactive, collegiate level learning tool used by students at Sinclair and Clark State Community Colleges. The following year, the company released Geodesy: The Dynamic Earth. In order to generate excitement in STEM careers amongst younger students, the adaptable Geodesy and Remote Sensing e-Texts were tested in middle and high schools throughout the Dayton region in a multi-district pilot program facilitated by the Dayton Regional STEM Center. Early results clearly show that students of all ages can benefit from the multifaceted design and interactive nature of the Riverside Research e-Texts. Even adults are taking notice; the e-Texts are always a crowd favorite at events like Space Fest at the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the Vectren Dayton Air Show.
A new e-Text, Introduction to Air Traffic Control: Airspace Operations, is scheduled for release in 2013, further expanding the topical reach of these interactive and engaging resources. Course development and instructional services also expanded to include topical areas such as Cybersecurity, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Advanced Technical Intelligence in a variety of delivery formats, now including distance-learning opportunities.