Opportunity to Participate in a Discovery Research K-12 project

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering is offering a very special paid Professional Development opportunity for middle school math and science teachers in Summer 2016.  Teachers will be trained to integrate robotics into their math and science classrooms as a way to introduce engineering and computer science through existing curricular requirements.

NYU is looking for one middle school math and one middle school science teacher from each of 10 schools for this summer’s training.  Website, application link and application code are at the end of this email.  NYU is looking for teachers/schools that show motivation and high interest.  The project is supported by a National Science Foundation grant and the ‘theme’ is: teaching science and math with robotics, offered through NYU’s Mechatronics and Control Lab and the Center for K12 STEM Education.


Project participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive a stipend of $4,000. Income tax obligations are the responsibility of the teachers.


– Teachers will understand how to address the engineering design content of the Next Generation Science Standards

– Teachers will develop viable models to incorporate essential elements of robotics in STEM learning

– Participants will form a professional learning community for ongoing support

– Deepen teachers’ learning of science and math contextualized in robotics

– Allow teachers to discover the science and math inherent in doing robotics activities


– Three weeks: July 11, 2016—July 29, 2016

– Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M.—5:00 P.M.

– Where: NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY 11201

– 40 additional hours during the academic year: one meeting per month for all 20 teachers as a professional learning community and one or more classroom visits per month by an NYU graduate student researcher.


To receive a full stipend, participants are required to:

– Attend all training, research, and presentation activities

– Complete assigned curriculum design activities, oral presentation, and report

– Participate in academic year follow-up activities

– Implement five lessons during the school year

– Conduct classroom impact assessment and provide the results for reporting to NSF

More details and application are to be found on the program’s webpage.  Please note: each teacher from a school must apply separately. The link to the application can be found at the end of the program webpage and teachers will need this case-sensitive password to access the form: DRK12NYC2016.  

Questions can be directed to NYU personnel: Ben Esner at ben.esner@nyu.edu and/or Jennifer Listman at jenny.listman@nyu.edu.


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