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About Our Program

The Engineering Innovation and Design for STEM Teachers program at the University of Dayton focuses on engineering innovation as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program and emphasizes the role of applied research in engineering product design and innovation.   Our program is modeled after two University courses — our well-established first-year innovation course and our Innovation Center's award-winning innovation capstone design course. 

We focus on innovation because it has been found to foster creativity and synthesis of knowledge (Baker, 2005) and because of our innovative and inventive foundation that is rooted in our region and our University. 

As such, curriculum development includes innovation and engineering design that explicitly aligns to the Stem Quality Framework (SQF) established by Dr. James Rowley with the support of the Dayton Regional STEM Center (DRSC).   And, you will discover that innovation and engineering design curriculum easily incorporates into nearly every academic content area.

Your six-week innovation experience includes:

  • Team-based engineering design projects supported by an industry sponsor or community partner
  • Tours of engineering facilities
  • Hands-on demonstrations of laboratory equipment
  • Lectures on technical topics
  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum development and the SQF facilitated by the DRSC — teams create inquiry-based curriculum with innovation and engineering design concepts meeting academic content standards,
  • Technical writing
  • Project management
  • Library research
  • History and ethics of engineering