VROC

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Virtual Researcher on Call (VROC) is a Canadian educational program administered by Partners in Research. The program connects students with knowledge partners — researchers and professionals — in health and natural sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM fields) through video conferencing and video podcasts.[1]

Video conferencing[edit]

Video conferencing technology is used to connect researchers and professionals in the STEM fields with elementary and secondary school classrooms for real time, interactive discussion.

Partners[edit]

VROC is partnered with over 40 universities, colleges and institutions as well as school boards across the country.[2]

Funding[edit]

VROC began with a "Reaching Higher" grant from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in 2006 under the Dalton McGuinty government.[3]

In 2011, Partners in Research was awarded a nearly million dollar grant from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to teach southern Ontarian students about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.[4]

Partners in Research hosts a national annual awards reception and ceremony entitled The PIR National Awards to celebrate Canadian research in the STEM fields.[5] Proceeds from this evening support the Virtual Researcher On Call Program.

Recognition[edit]

In 2006 VROC was named a "New and Noteworthy Initiative" by the Canadian Education Association.[6]

VROC was awarded the ORION Discovery Award of Merit in 2008.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ VROC Video Podcasts
  2. ^ "Partnered Institutions". VROC. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  3. ^ CNW Group (3 April 2006). "McGuinty Government Investing in Science Students". Retrieved 4 September 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Government of Canada Supports Science and Tech Programming for Southern Ontario Youth
  5. ^ "PIR National Awards". Partners in Research. 
  6. ^ "Virtual Researcher on Call". Canadian Education Association. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "2008 ORION Discovery Award of Merit". ORION. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 

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