The RENCI Engagement Center at ECU operated from 2007-2013. This website is an archive of the research and engagement activity over those years. Several of our projects continue at ECU. For instance, see the NC Coastal Atlas ( for current news and information. This site is no longer being updated. Parties interested in these projects and ongoing related activities may contact Dr. Tom Allen, past Director of RENCI@ECU at



RENCI Education and Outreach programs seek to help all North Carolinians gain access to 21st century technology tools; fully participate in using these tools for education, scientific discovery, and artistic expression; and actively contribute to creating and implementing new technologies as citizens of a knowledge age global economy. RENCI Education and Outreach methods stress hands-on, interactive learning using innovative curricula, professional development and training, and collaboration among educators, scientists, technologists, community leaders, students, and life-long learners.

News and Media Updates

March 2010 - TechMath Summit at Kitty Hawk, NC
July 2009 - "Don't Get Blown Away by Hurricanes" Program
June 2009 - TechMath Camp at ECU
May 2009 - Hurricane Preparedness Week at Dare County Schools

ROVER Programs

The RENCI Outreach Vehicle for Education and Research (ROVER).

The ROVER (RENCI Outreach Vehicle for Education and Research) is a fully equipped, high-tech, mobile learning tool. With on board computers, mobile wireless internet technology, weather station and amateur radio equipment, the ROVER brings scientific technology to students in eastern North Carolina schools. Contact outreach coordinator Michelle Covi to schedule a visit to your classroom. The ROVER is also available for science clubs, afterschool programs and for special event days such as Hurricane Awareness Week.

Each approximately 50-minute lesson allows for hands-on learning of scientific method with high-tech enrichment. Choose from one of the following programs:

Elementary Students from Dare County measure wind velocity next to the ROVER.

Weather and Climate

Students use hand-held weather stations to take readings and collect data used to track local weather changes. Older age groups will investigate simulations of extreme weather conditions, disasters, and their impacts.

Science competency goals
  2nd grade: 2.03, 2.04, 2.06
  Teacher information.

  5th grade: 3.02, 3.04, 3.05, 3.06
  Teacher information coming soon.

Coastal Region Water Quality

Students test water to evaluate the health of local waterways and map water flow using geographic technology to illustrate the importance of wetlands and buffers in coastal North Carolina.

Science competency goals
  8th grade: 3.05-3.08
  Teacher Information.

Emergency Response Technology

How do we prepare for severe weather now and in the future? Using remote sensing GPS, geography software, and amateur radio equipment, students can track storms, predict damage, and create a plan for weathering the storm.

Science competency goals
  7th grade: 3.01, 3.05, 3.06
  Teacher Information.