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Join Us This Summer!

If you are a high-school or middle-school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teacher, join us this summer for the University of Dayton's Engineering Innovation and Design for STEM Teachers program.  This federally funded, six-week NSF-RET experience is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the University of Dayton Schools of Engineering and Education and the Dayton Regional STEM Center.

PROGRAM FORMAT

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for six weeks with a 45-60 minute break for lunch (lunch on your own); additional post-participation commitment with additional stipend for teachers (STEM Fellow or STEM ambassador) plus post-program evaluation.  (Follows the University of Dayton's holiday schedule — Fourth of July is observed)

Objectives

Below are the objectives of our six-week NSF-RET experience:

  1. Transfer the program’s team-based engineering design and innovation activities to the teachers’ classroom activities.
  2. Spark the interest of the teachers in STEM through exposure to modern engineering tools and technologies.
  3. Foster collaboration and networking possibilities through interaction with real-world engineering industry, government and not-for-profit project mentors.
  4. Provide teachers with a greater understanding of  the social relevance of engineering; provide teachers with a better understanding of engineering careers.
  5. Develop and transfer inquiry based curriculum, innovative pedagogy and new engineering knowledge into STEM classroom activities.
  6. Facilitate the exchange of  knowledge, ideas and concepts among team members.
  7. Enhance leadership opportunities for teachers through the program’s professional development for STEM teachers component, including obtaining STEM credentials through on-going engagement with the DRSC.
  8. Foster long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, the university research community, local engineering professionals, and the DRSC  through a substantial follow-up plan; and (9) empower teachers so that they will be more likely to provide K-12 students more learning experiences that incorporate engineering innovation and design.

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