Randall Caton

  • Education

    Ph.D. (Physics) 1972, City University of New York, New York, NY. 
    M.S. (Physics) 1967. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 
    B.S. (Physics) 1965, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Past Science Education Experience

    • Director of three summer programs for high school science teachers to rejuvenated high school teachers' enthusiasm for science by exposure to recent developments in scientific research and science education through a series of lectures and workshops. (1984-87)
    • Project Challenge: Directed physics portion of a program designed to expose and stimulate high school students in various areas of science. (1986-87)
    • Co-directed MIRACLES program a Christopher Newport College to inspire minorities to enter careers in science and engineering. (1989-90).
    • Directed Project EXCEL: Focused on Physics funded by NSF for two years to inspire minorities to enter careers in science and engineering useing hands-on science activities with a strong integration of computers. (1993-1994)
    • Directed Teachers as Researchers (part of Project STARS: a VQUEST grant for NSF systemic reform in science and math education in the state of Virginia) to involve 9-12 grade teachers in research so they could involve their students in research to learn by doing. (1994-1996)
    • Young PhDs: organized and ran program for seventh grade students through Cooperating Hampton Roads Organizations for Minorities in Engineering. (1996-present)
    • Principal investigator on NASA grant for Technology, Development, Implementation, and Assessment: K-16 Pre-service, In-Service, and Distance Learning Initiatives. This large project has a total of 50,000 educators with a potential impact on millions of students in 70 countries registered for its six programs. The program focused on developing complementary mathematics, science and technology-, research- and standards-based educational materials in the form of videos, classroom activities, and web activities. (2000-2006)
    • Principal investigator on IEEE grant where we hosted two international VINNY competitions. The VINNY was a global video competition. Teams of students research a common global problem and how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can be used to solve it and then produce a 1 minute video. (2003-2005)
    • Principal investigator on a Cleveland State University Middle School Advanced Technology Education Replication Project Grant. Introduced pre- and in-service teachers to the advanced computer technology of Squeak. Squeak is a multimedia authoring environment where students can learn by exploration and constructing their own knowledge. (2004-2005)
    • Co-principal investigator on NASA Explorer Institutes grant. We held two workshops with 4-H agents and partners, 4-H youth and NASA scientists and educators to develop action plans to use NASA mission and biological education materials in the North Carolina 4-H and non-formal education communities. (2004-2005)
  • Current Science Education Experience

    Currently the director of CISE and incorporating Peer Instruction and Just-In-Time-Teaching into the three undergraduate physics courses taught at CNU. Development of education K-16 etoys projects using Squeak.