Engineering challenges spark curiosity, leading to problem solving, invention, and innovation. NYU Tandon and the Center draw K-12 teachers and their students into the world of engineering. We engage their fascination with robots and stimulate their interest with designing elements for smart cities or cyber security challenges. Hands-on projects that use professional tools of computer science, electronics, robotics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or programming allow the teaching and learning of STEM content outside of textbooks. To support teachers and administrators in their efforts to apply this in their schools, our curricula are standards-aligned and incorporate computer science, which is applied in nearly all engineering disciplines.
In addition to NSF-funded programs, we have partnered with the NYC Department of Education and private funders to offer professional development to teachers and programming to K-12 students as part of NYC Summer STEM.
As a University center for K-12 STEM education, we base our professional development offerings for teachers on research. Hallmarks of our teacher training programs include teachers as partners, graduate students as instructors, and hands-on learning as a main goal for both teachers and their students. To read more about results and reach of our programs, check out the #STEMNOW blog.