What is I3 ?

Innovation through Institutional Integration (I-Cubed or I3) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) award program. I3 challenges faculty, administrators and project partners to think strategically about the creative integration of NSF-funded awards to provide students with an interdisciplinary, cross-curriculum, technologically current approach to laboratory science. Scientific practices are converging, leading to exponential growth in discoveries and applications. Emerging technologies are broadly based on computational thinking and information literacy. Interdisciplinary collaboration in science and technology require adequate integrative efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate education. The main goal of the I3 project at City Tech is to bridge the individual STEM departments within the College of Arts and Sciences with the School of Technology and Design to transform STEM laboratories at City Tech in order to make them more effective vehicles for interdisciplinary learning. Through the optimization of laboratory learning, students will be better equipped to compete in the industry work force and will have the necessary tools to succeed. In addition to helping students, the I3 project will enable faculty to strengthen relationships with faculty in different departments by working with other NSF-funded projects on their own campus or on neighboring CUNY campuses. This project will enhance collaboration between faculty members from different disciplines and will also increase mentoring and partnership activities at the institutional, faculty and student levels.

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