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Cisco joins forces with Sheridan College and Partners In ...

Collaboration is driving awareness of science and technology as an exciting career path for K-12 students

TORONTO, ON C May 30, 2013 C Cisco Canada today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sheridan College and Partners In Research (PIR), to promote science and technology as a career path and transform the way K-12 students learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the classroom.

Under the terms of the MoU the parties will collaborate on activities and projects that take advantage of advanced video technologies. Cisco has contributed over $1 million worth of collaboration equipment to enable the project. To deliver these solutions, Sheridan College is providing the data centre space and IT resources to support the enterprise-class Cisco Show and Share® webcasting and video sharing solution.

The collaboration seeks to expand and enrich the opportunities for students presented by the VROC (Virtual Researcher on Call) program across Canada. Run by Partners In Research, the VROC program seeks to inspire students in STEM subjects by bringing experts directly to the classroom through two-way video. The VROC program offers five- to ten-minute spontaneous video conferencing sessions, hour-long interactive presentations and semester-long mentorship style sessions.

Using technology like the Show and Share webcasting and video sharing application, Partners In Research are also able to create accessible videos which are distributed through its website to students and teachers.