The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located next to McKinley High School
Outreach is an important component of our research activities. Our lab strives to enrich the science and engineering education at McKinley High School in Canton, OH. You may know the name of this school through the TV show Glee and may have guessed that the actual school is vastly different than the one portrayed by the Fox network. Like many public high schools in a low social-economic status area, McKinley’s teachers are truly exceptional and wonderful educators. Their efforts are reflected in the student’s graduation rate, which was 86% in the 2009 - 2010 academic year and is significantly higher than the state average. The goals of our partnership are to encourage K-12 students to enter into college, choose a science or engineering major, and provide mentorship and resources that could help them accomplish their goals. These activities are funded by and CAREER and RIGEE awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF).http://mckinley.ccsdistrict.orghttp://cantonohio.govhttp://www.ode.state.oh.us/reportcardfiles/2009-2010/BUILD/023846.pdfhttp://www.ode.state.oh.us/reportcardfiles/2009-2010/BUILD/023846.pdfhttp://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=0954360http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1137052http://www.nsf.govshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3shapeimage_2_link_4shapeimage_2_link_5shapeimage_2_link_6
Amy Miller
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Dr. Yun’s NSF award directly funds high school teachers and their students for a 10 week summer program. They conduct original research related to the CAREER proposal. In addition, they are mentored to become independent scientists. McKinley’s teachers and students are participants of this program (see the Alumni section for former K-12 students). 
In addition to his CAREER, Dr. Yun have been awarded a RIGEE (Research Initiation Grants in Engineering Education) grant from the NSF. This proposal will deliver technological innovation to McKinley, North, and Firestone high schools, which are designed to enhance teaching methods and outcomes for students studying and engineering. Our technology integrated biomedical engineering education with computer science, and biological mechanisms associated with working memory that impacts  the efficiency of learning. Using Microsofts Kinect interactive interface, we will non-invasively and interactively stimulate both the visuospatial sketchpad and the embodied cognition components of the Students brain to achieve an engaging and efficient learning process. We hope this technology will help educators in their efforts to each complex topics, which inherent in engineering education.http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=0954360http://mckinley.ccsdistrict.orgAlumni.htmlhttp://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=0954360Yang.htmlhttp://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1137052http://www.nsf.govhttp://mckinley.ccsdistrict.orghttp://www.akron.k12.oh.us/schools/485/http://www.firestonehigh.comhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baddeley's_model_of_working_memoryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baddeley's_model_of_working_memoryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embodied_cognitionshapeimage_7_link_0shapeimage_7_link_1shapeimage_7_link_2shapeimage_7_link_3shapeimage_7_link_4shapeimage_7_link_5shapeimage_7_link_6shapeimage_7_link_7shapeimage_7_link_8shapeimage_7_link_9shapeimage_7_link_10shapeimage_7_link_11shapeimage_7_link_12