Ricardo Mizos overcomes autism and earns a degree in Information Technology
Ricardo Mizos, 23, has autism but with support from his parents and early therapeutic intervention, he recently graduated with a degree in information technology and plans on returning to in the fall for graduate school. One of the challenges of autism is paying attention, focusing and completing tasks. Ricardo thrived at School of Computing and Information Science (SCIS) and credits his professors and staff from the Advising Center with helping him succeed. “We provide a support system for students, for their well-being, not only to get the grades but to make them feel comfortable and at home,” said Tiana Solis, assistant director of academic advising and a lecturer at SCIS.
Mizos also took advantage of resources available at FIU such as the Disability Resource Center (DRC), which supports students with disabilities throughout their college experience. DRC currently has nearly 2,000 active students registered; of that number, 80 have autism. Registration is not mandatory; students opt-in if they think they need the services.
Read more about Ricardo at FIU News.
Brazilian students working at FIU’s Discovery Lab
The Brazilian government is thinking of STEM education and that’s why Brazil is paying for undergraduate college students to spend the summer at the School of Computing and Information Science. Science Without Borders, currently have six Brazilian students working at SCIS’s Discovery Lab.
"The program is designed to give them a research experience, where they actually have hands-on use of tools, equipment, and can put their innovative ideas into practice," said Jerry Miller, director of the Discovery Lab.
Another fascinating application the students are working on is using robots in a way that most people have never considered: using robots to teach autistic children and one team is designing a drone programmed with artificial intelligence. There are commercial drones that do similar things, but they're expensive. The goal here is to make one which would sell for about $200.
Read more and watch the video here: Science Without Borders Program at FIU | NBC 6 South Florida