DRK12 Robotics

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The Teaching STEM with Robotics project at New York University Tandon School of Engineering is a professional development opportunity for NYC middle school science and math teachers. Funded by the National Science Foundation, under its Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12) program, the project uses robotics and engineering design practices as the curriculum focus to create hands-on science and math curricula.   


  • developing and refining curricula that promote project-based, hands-on, instruction to help students learn, understand, and apply underlying science and math content while doing age-appropriate robotics activities.
  • deepening teachers’ technical, pedagogical, and content knowledge, contextualized in and reinforced through robotics design experiences.
  • fostering teachers’ skills and attitudes for integrating robotics-based learning in the required science and math classes.
  • enabling teachers to use their students’ interest in robotics to engage them to learn the required science and math content.
  • using robotics as a means to expose teachers to tools, techniques, and models of authentic engineering design.


  • discover the science and math inherent in doing robotics activities.
  • understand how to address the engineering design content of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • develop viable models to incorporate essential elements of robotics in STEM learning.
  • form a professional learning community for ongoing support.


  • Teachers apply to the program in pairs: one math and one science teacher per school for greater impact in participating schools.
  • Robotics will convey new & accessible representations of STEM content
  • Each teacher receives 5 LEGO robotics kits to take back to school for in-class use. These kits remain with the school and are not transferable if the teacher switches schools.
  • Teachers will employ robotics as a pedagogical tool to support active, collaborative learning for standards-aligned, middle school physical science and math courses.
  • Teachers can leverage robotics-based science & math lessons to promote STEM learning motivation and engagement.


  • One certified math and one certified science teacher from the same school must apply as a pair.
  • Regular teaching appointment at a middle school located in a New York City borough.
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience in science or math disciplines.
  • Endorsement by the school principal of both one math and one science teacher pair.

DURATION: Three weeks: July 10 – July 28, 2017.

  • Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M.—5:00 P.M.,
  • Where: NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • During the academic year: one meeting per month for all 20 teachers as a professional learning community and one or more classroom visits per month by an NYU graduate student researcher (40 hours, total)

STIPEND: Project participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive a stipend of $4,000. Income tax obligations are the responsibility of the teachers.

RESPONSIBILITIES: To receive a full stipend, participants are required to:

  • Attend all training, research, and presentation activities
  • Complete required curriculum design activities, oral presentation, and report
  • Participate in academic year follow-up activities
  • Implement five lessons during the school year
  • Conduct classroom impact assessment and provide the results for reporting to NSF

APPLICATION: The application is live.


Questions? Email us at k12.stem@nyu.edu