Summer Web-based Institute for Technologies in CompSci and Healthcare (SWITCH) 2020


Summer Web-based Institute for Technologies in CompSci and Healthcare

Our PATHS-UP/Expeditions in Computing led program will be a five-week experience where educators will delve into computer science and engineering topics such as hardware and software issues, applications, and instructional considerations.

40 Hrs

Research hours per week



5 weeks

Supported professional development at Rice University

About Us

From Research Labs to K12 Classrooms

The main purpose of the SWITCH RET program is to bring discovery research to a large number of teachers, who can then share their research experiences and disseminate their lesson plans to their colleagues. Through teachers, we can target students and encourage them to seek careers in STEM. The program exposes these teachers to PATHS-UP’s highly engaging research.

Weekly Zoom Meetings & Guest Lectures

It was a gift to be able to learn about the Engineering Research Center and some of the research currently being conducted to positively impact the health of underserved populations in our country. 

Claudia Peinado, KIPP Houston High School

We had a presentation by Daniels friend, Arun. He apparently works for Deepmind and told us all about his work with deep neural networks and how they use them to play video games at a high level. The most fascinating part, at least for me, was his story on how the network learned to play GO and beat professional player Lee Sedol.

Leon Rodriguez, Blanson CTE

It was good to know that Brady was addressing real issues of access within those areas and how there are cultural and other behavioral norms that stand in the way of women receiving life saving preventative treatment. I hope that the students’ work gets pushed the forefront of what we are talking about because the earlier the detection and the easier the access, the better it will be for us to treat all individuals.

Matt Medrano, KIPP Northeast College Prep

Team & Faculty

PATHS-UP/Expeditions Rice Team

Dr. Ashutosh Sabharwal

Department Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Scalable Health Labs

Dr. Ashok Veeraraghavan

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Principal Investigator, Rice Computational Imaging Lab

Dr. Carolyn Nichol

Faculty Fellow, Department of Chemistry
Director, Rice Office of STEM Engagement

Allen Antoine

Associate Director for Mathematics and Computer Science, R-STEM


Graduate Student, Rice Computational Imaging Lab

PATHS-UP Participants

Azka Bukhari

Hogg Middle School

Matt Medrano

KIPP Northeast 

College Prep

Leon Rodriguez

Blanson CTE

Christopher Franklin

Dulles Middle School

Daniel Angel

Spring Woods High School

Claudia Peinado

KIPP Houston High School 


Paper Reading & Coding Assignments

We realized how machine learning was already being incorporated into our lives, what the future holds for our current student population and how to prepare our students to create a better world in the future.

Azka Bukhari, Hogg Middle School

My first program captures a live video feed from my webcam and uses pre-trained Haar feature-based cascade classifiers to detect my face and eyes. The process was surprisingly simple and the results quite satisfying!

Daniel Angel, Spring Woods High School

I have become very interested in the applications for computer vision.  One such application is “Eye Tracking and Gaze Detection.”  A question had arisen during this week that made me think a little harder. What is the difference between Gaze Detection and Eye Tracking? Gaze Detection is where a user’s eyes are focused when sitting in front of a monitor—Essentially, where on the screen users are looking. Eye-tracking is the process of measuring the motion of an eye relative to the head.

Christopher Franklin, Dulles Middle School


Resources for Teachers


A 1-day orientation on engineering design, lesson development-based research, laboratory safety training, and digital media training

Leadership seminars


Working closely with assigned graduate student/ postdoctoral researcher mentors

Provide all resources needed to have a productive experience during the program


The Engineering Research Symposium for Teachers, where participants will develop and produce a virtual research presentation specific to their project

The Teach for Engineering lesson for students, which participants will create & lead


Apply to be part of RET!

Teachers of all grade levels and subjects are welcome to apply, but mathematics and computer science teachers will receive priority consideration. Once final candidates have been selected, all other interviewed applicants may be placed on a wait list.