School Application Information


Welcome to NYU-Poly's Applying Mechatronics to Promote Science (AMPS) / Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative (CBSI) Program. For over a decade, our team here at Poly has advocated engaging students' fascination with modern technologies (e.g., robotics, gaming, and sensing) as a hook to stimulate them to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The AMPS/CBSI project is a partnership between NYU-Poly and our current eighteen public schools in Brooklyn. The program brings together graduate "Fellows", schoolteachers, university faculty and other Poly resources to accelerate STEM teaching and learning in schools. The National Science Foundation, corporate and foundation sources fund the program. Fundamentals of our program model take place in science classrooms during the school day and elements take place in an after-school setting at least once per week.

In the 2014-2015 school year, NYU-Poly will add 8-10 new public schools to the 32 week program. To be considered, a school's principal must apply and at least one of the school's teachers must be identified in the application. We expect a very competitive process this year with the increased interest in STEM education generally and in robotics in particular. Please see below for other important details.

The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Broaden the education and training of Fellows; to provide them with teaching, communication, pedagogical, and team building skills.
  2. Develop human resources by enabling Fellows to develop a deeper understanding of STEM concepts and the process of knowledge building.
  3. Engage and excite students in STEM studies through robotics competitions, real-world science and engineering projects that make use of mechatronics and robotics.
  4. Develop human resources by inspiring K-12 students to pursue challenging academic work, meet high academic achievement standards, and acquire a passion for STEM disciplines/careers.
  5. Provide teachers with professional development, technology proficiency, qualifications, and resources to integrate hands-on learning activities in their classes. And to;
  6. Strengthen the ties between NYU-Poly and NYC schools.

Important Policies, Procedures and Dates:

  1. One application per school
  2. Up to two teachers may be involved in the program
  3. The total available stipend to facilitate teacher(s) participation is $4,500
  4. This program may be competing with other supplementary enrichment programs in your school, including athletics, music, art, community service, etc. Please only apply if enhancing STEM education is a top priority at your school.
  5. For schools not currently in the program, the application process will be in two stages:
    • Initial application is due to Poly by close of business May 15, 2014
    • If your school is selected to proceed to the next and final stage, some additional information will be required, and mutual time commitments will be documented and verified. Please use the following as an initial guide for estimating a teacher's non-classroom time commitment; the general expectation for in-class participation is 5 hours/week
      - 36 hours during the summer of 2014. This includes a week-long block of technical training and professional development at the end of the summer and short planning meetings in June, July and August with a Fellow
      - Up to 96 hours during the 32 week program for after-school robotics
      - Up to 30 hours during the 32 week program for weekend events such as qualifiers and robotics competitions
      - 30 hours during the 32 week program for mandatory project meetings, reporting and the like
    • First round notifications to applicants will be made May 30, 2014
    • Invited final applications are due close of business June 15, 2014
    • Notification of acceptance into the program for the 2014-15 school year will be June 30, 2014

    Please click here to download Application Form for new schools.


Susan Hermon
Administrator Coordinator
Center for K-12 STEM Education @ Polytechnic Institute of NYU
718 260 3524