Our K12 STEM education program:

  • Is Hands-on
  • Activity based
  • Promotes teamwork
  • Involves mentors
  • Allows young people to engage with STEM through building, programming and research

Programs for Educators

Reaching some 1,100 K-12 students and teachers as well as college instructors, Summer of STEM is offering the skills and excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through 20 different programs. Learn more about the opportunities for teachers:

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Opportunities in Robotics, Mechatronics and Urban Engineering

DR-K12 Kickoff

Teachers will spend three weeks at the NYU School of Engineering as part of a comprehensive year-round STEM development program. Ultimately, 44 teachers from 22 New York City middle schools will participate in the new program, funded by a $2.5 million grant from the NSF DR K-12 program. NYU will field a team of interdisciplinary experts in robotics, engineering, education, curriculum design, and assessment to make robotics central to and sustainable in the city’s science and math classrooms.

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Summer STEM

In this major new initiative, the New York City Department of Education selected the NYU School of Engineering’s Center for K12 STEM Education to train teachers along with graduate and undergraduate student-teachers who will ultimately teach middle and high school students in summer courses in robotics and the NYU-developed curriculum called Science of Smart Cities. The initiative includes funding from public funds and from Microsoft secured through the Fund for Public Schools by a gift from Microsoft Foundation.

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Science and Mechatronics Aided Research for Teachers with an Entrepreneurship expeRience (SMARTER)

This program pairs middle and high school teachers in the NYU School of Engineering laboratories with faculty and graduate students for two weeks of advanced STEM workshops and four weeks of research. Starting with the premise that kids cannot resist STEM subjects when robots are involved, SMARTER adds an entrepreneurship component. Teachers engage in high-level research projects and curriculum development, then return to their schools capable of establishing engineering programs and facilities. SMARTER is funded by the NSF Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Site program.

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Applying Mechatronics to Promote Science, which is funded by the NSF, and the Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative, which is funded by corporate and private philanthropy, provide one of the most compelling examples of the power of the school's STEM programs.. Together, they send NYU School of Engineering students into Brooklyn elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the year to challenge students to design, build, and operate robotic devices, teach science, math, and engineering, and provide training to advance teachers' understanding of STEM subjects. The results are significant: from 2009 to 2012, 70.8 percent of the more than 3,000 participating students increased their STEM grades by a half or full letter grade.

Opportunities in Cybersecurity

RET Site - Cybersecurity

Cyber security combines the studies of computer science, forensics, law, and computer programming to protect networks, computers, programs, and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. Professor Nasir Memon’s Information Systems and Internet Security lab at NYU SoE has been at the forefront of research and innovation in this field. In addition, for the past 12 years, they have run Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), an annual competition and conference on cyber security. In the fall following summer training, accepted teachers are encouraged to register a team to participate in the nation-wide CSAW High School Forensics Challenge allowing students to participate and get a first hand experience working on security related issues.

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Programs for K-12 Students

Summer Courses for High School Students


A project of Center for K12 STEM Education, Science of Smart Cities, introduces STEM concepts through hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments to middle school students. The program focuses on engineering, technology, sustainability and environmental issues through hands-on STEM-related activities, guest lectures, field trips and service learning opportunities.

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Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) is a selective program for academically strong, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative (CBSI) pairs teachers from Brooklyn public schools with graduate student fellows from the School of Engineering's engineering, chemical and biological science programs to design dynamic, hands-on classroom lessons in a variety of STEM disciplines.

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Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CrEST) emphasizes hands-on, lab-based demonstrations, experiments, and projects that offer important learning experiences related to circuitry, electronics, mechanical systems, physical computing, robotics and other STEM disciplines.

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Get Involved

Have an idea for a collaboration or innovation in K-12 STEM education that supports students and/or teachers? Are you a teacher or principal interested in working with Center?

Email us at k12.stem@nyu.edu

Contact Us:

The School of Engineering Center for K12 STEM Education
6 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201