Andy Smith's Blog

I am a third year PhD student at NCSU, studying Artificial Intelligence applications for education. Before coming to State, I received a bachelor's degree from Duke University, and spent time working on underwater robotics at SPAWAR SSC-Pacific in San Diego. My STARS outreach is working with the Citizen Schools program to teach a LEGO Robotics course at Lowe's Grove Middle School in Durham, NC.
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Goals for the Fall

September 30, 2013

Over the past two semesters, most of my PhD work has focused on development of an iPad app for elementary science learning as well as helping organize some rather large data collections. This semester I hope to hunker down and finally take a long look at the data collected in ...


November 8, 2012

I have long found One Laptop Per Child to be an interesting initiative, but one that I have very mixed emotions about. On the one hand, I think technology is a wonderful tool for inspiring and educating children and adults. It provides wonderful opportunities to explore and experiment as well ...

Class Recommendations

October 26, 2012

While I am now done with my class requirements, I will recommend a few I have enjoyed while at State. ST 511 - Experimental Statistics For Biological Sciences: Dr. Woodard taught this the semester I took it, and it was an excellent introduction/refresher to basic statistics and their applications. CSC ...

Keys to Success

September 28, 2012

Through my experiences, one of the most overlooked questions when considering success is defining what exactly success means to you. If you define success by monetary wealth, your goals and my advice to you would be very different from if you defined success as helping others, or having a family ...

New Year's Blog

September 15, 2012

As my 3rd year at NCSU starts, I have a variety of activities to keep me busy. On the research front, I am hoping to make significant progress on my written qualifier. Currently I am looking at how to use scientific drawings to aid in student modeling for 4th grade ...