Internet of Things STEM Programs
Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM) Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office-PORTSfuture Program
STEM Initiative-Meeting Renewable Energy Challenges with the Internet of Things
The Voinovich School is utilizing funding from the AEP Foundation and from the US DOE PORTSfuture grant to launch an Internet of Things (IoT) STEM education pilot project in southern Ohio. This project will better prepare high school students and educators for this emerging field, will leverage the unique opportunities available in Appalachian counties, and ignite a new generation of social innovators.
This rapid integration of the physical and digital world is fundamentally changing our lives and businesses, from people to devices, to data and processes and will create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and job seekers. The THINGS around us (e.g., renewable energy sources, home appliances, industrial equipment, smart energy monitoring devices, medical devices, and entertainment devices) are becoming interconnected, enabling them to exchange information and allowing us to monitor and control them remotely. The major objectives for the IoT are the creation of “smart” environments/spaces and self-aware things for climate, food, energy, house, mobility, digital society and health applications. In fact, this year alone there will be nearly 5 billion connected things, according to Gartner, with the number expected to increase to 25 billion things by the end of this decade.
i.Internet of Things Primer for 2016. Gartner, Inc.