ICubed is a NSF funded project that partners with several units within the University of Central Florida (UCF), including the College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Education, and College of Sciences. The project goal is to ensure broader impact of NSF funded projects through coordination and integration of the education and research activities of these funded projects by increasing participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
One of the important activities of the ICubed project is to integrate research and education. To do so ICubed is funding undergraduate students to perform research under the guidance of a UCF STEM faculty. This activity is facilitated, in line with the project’s vision, by creating synergies amongst the many UCF projects that support the integration of research and education.
The UCF STEMREC (STEM Research and Education Council) is a forum to share research findings and best practices, related to STEM education and research at UCF; facilitate and expand connections and networking of like-thinking faculty; bring into forefront existing worthwhile research and education initiatives; foster collaborative efforts for new research and education initiatives.
The STEAM activity of the ICubed project has as its purpose to bring together STEM faculty, their students, Visual Art and Design faculty and their students, and encourage, through this collaboration, the creation of artifacts inspired by STEM research. Participating Art and Design students attend a 3-week long seminar, as part of their course of study, and create science-inspired art based on the STEM researcher's explanations of science and engineering concepts.