PROFIT: Pictures Represent Opportunities For Inspiration in Technology
Computing with pictures is an intuitive way to introduce secondary school students to information technology (IT), so this ITEST Comprehensive Project for Students and Teachers is centered on introducing Computer Vision and Imaging experiences into the core curriculum of mathematics and IT. Each year, twenty teachers and sixty incoming tenth grade students in the Greater Orlando area are involved in learning about and interacting with modules that explore the relationship between mathematics and pictorial computing. The areas of computer vision and imaging science are exciting because of their applications to such diverse areas as art, medicine, security, and entertainment. The modules focus on creating an understanding of the mathematical science that underlies pictorial algorithms. Inquiry-based learning, friendly team competition to develop a game, and a supportive, nurturing environment provide the educational framework so the experiences can be enjoyed by all.