As per the official description, the IMPETUS program is a cooperation between the St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Franklin County School Districts, and Clarkson University in which students receive academic support and mentoring, career planning and awareness, and college and other leadership recruitment opportunities. My role as a student employee is to assist students with various projects and coordinate with participating schools to ensure the program’s progression. You can learn more about IMPETUS on the official Clarkson page.
While working at the Whiteface ASRC, my main duties were to preform regular maintenance on sensitive atmospheric monitoring instrumentation. Apart from this, however, my time at Whiteface was spent working on a variety of projects:
By far, the largest project I worked on in and out of this position was the Whiteface Tour. You can learn more about the tour on my works page.
The SUNY Plattsburgh Computer Helpdesk assists both students and faculty on campus with technology related requests. (Over phone and in-person.) OS support is provided mainly for Windows (7/10), although assistance is also provided for Chrome OS and macOS. This position has also given me experience working with ticketing systems and remote support utilities.
The SUNY Plattsburgh Technical Production Crew manages audio and visual equipment for campus presentations and events. The main goal of the crew is to ensure all audio, visual, and environmental needs of the client are met during events. I occasionally served as lead technician, communicating responsibilities during the event to other technicians and event staff.
Under the Beekmantown Central School District ELT program, I taught after-school sessions for a programming class dubbed “CodeCats”. Here, students learned the basics of programming by using Scratch, a block-based game development tool. Students were also introduced to the Raspberry Pi, and extended the capabilities of Scratch by using it to connect to real-world hardware with the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins. Materials, such as 3D printed frames and documentation were also produced for use by those who will continue the course in the future.