What type of teacher would be most appropriate to teach this course?
Infinity teachers must meet four criteria. They must be committed administrators, motivated, certified in math or science, and comfortable using computer programs.
Will I receive any training on how to implement this course?
Each instructor signing on with Infinity is required to successfully complete the Professional Development Institute, a 40-hour training course designed to prepare instructors to successfully implement the program. Teachers new to technology will be given extensive opportunity to work with the equipment and apply the new material to real problems in a supportive and fun environment. The training spans a one-week period and is offered during the summer months (June through August).
Will I learn how to use the Infinity Technology Kit?
The Professional Development Institute covers the basics of the course material as well as how to use the Infinity Technology Kit. What's more, ongoing online support through the instructor's Technology Kit Discussion Group is available 24 hours a day, and responses to your questions are guaranteed within 48 hours.
Is the curriculum taught in one or two semesters?
The Infinity Project curriculum is a year-long engineering course. During this two-semester period, the core eight chapters should be covered; enrichment chapters are available, as well. Each school will work through the program at a different pace, but all core material should be completed by the close of the second semester.
What type of computer lab is required for this program?
The technology used in the Infinity Technology Kit is based upon Texas Instruments' advanced Digital Signal Processor chips and a new innovative graphical programming environment, called Visual Application Builder, designed and developed by one of the Infinity Project's partners, Hyperception, Inc.
How much does it cost for a school to implement The Infinity Project?
For a typical high school, the total one-time cost would be no greater than purchasing three to four classroom computers.
Is the course designed for students already considering careers in engineering or is it appropriate for any student curious about how things work, such as the Internet and cell phones?
The Infinity Project provides an engineering/technology curriculum designed for all types of students. In today's digital world, we believe students should be exposed to fundamental elements of technology so they will become competent, functioning, well-rounded citizens of the information age. This program helps all students realize, through hands-on experiments and general coursework, that the math and science they have been learning is applicable to real world problems and a myriad of occupations.
Can students earn college credits for this course?
We have found that universities are very enthusiastic about accepting credit for the Infinity Project coursework. In fact, we will be working this year to arrange a dual-credit option for Infinity students in the future. This will be an incredible feature, both for students and the colleges and universities they will someday attend.