Robotics and Entrepreneurship ITEST

The ITEST Robotics and Entrepreneurship project at New York University Tandon School of Engineering is a professional development opportunity for New York area high school science and math teachers (will also consider CTE teachers). Funded by the National Science Foundation, under its Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, the project uses robotics and engineering design practices as the curriculum focus to create hands-on science and math curricula. Each summer, two teachers and four students from eight high schools across New York City will learn, build, and evaluate robots and related technology at NYU Tandon, then implement elective robotics classes and capstone projects at their schools.


  • Developing and refining curricula that promote project-based, hands-on, instruction to help students learn, understand, and apply underlying science and math content through robotics and entrepreneurship activities.
  • Deepening teachers’ technical, pedagogical, and content knowledge, through robotics design experiences.ITEST_Photo1
  • Fostering teachers’ skills and attitudes for integrating robotics-based learning in required science and math classes.
  • Enabling teachers to use their students’ interest in robotics to help them learn required science and math content.
  • Introducing K-12 teachers and their students to the processes of entrepreneurship including business planning, social entrepreneurship, new product development, intellectual property, and raising funding.


  • 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
  • Be able to provide their students with a solid foundation for future college-level study in STEM disciplines.ITEST_Photo3
  • Mentor students to participate in entrepreneurship competitions, and develop laboratory activities in their schools using an equipment kit (microcontroller and components) provided by ITEST.
  • Have personal experience, after shadowing industry professionals, to increase student STEM career-awareness


  • ITEST schools will establish an elective course related to robotics and entrepreneurship curriculum.
  • Teachers apply to the program in pairs: one math and one science teacher per school for greater impact in participating schools.
  • Teachers receive a kit of robotics equipment for use during summer that they can take back to their school.
  • Robotics will convey new & accessible representations of STEM content
  • Teachers who have shadowed industry professionals will give students concrete examples of STEM careers, increasing STEM learning engagement
  • Teachers can leverage technology entrepreneurship lessons to promote STEM learning motivation and engagement.


  • Two certified math or science teachers (will also consider CTE teachers) from the same high school must apply as a pair.
  • Regular teaching appointment at a high school located in a New York City borough.ITEST_Photo5
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience in science or math disciplines.
  • Endorsement by the school principal of the teacher pair. The principal must allow the course to continue throughout the academic year.
  • Each teacher must have 2 high school students from their school.

DURATION: Four weeks from         July 9th – August 3rd, 2018.

  • 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: implement elective robotics class and participate with students in a robot product design and business idea competition.

Open House: April 2, 2018 at 4:30pm (optional)

STIPEND: Project participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive a stipend of $3,750. Student participants receive $500. Income tax obligations are the responsibility of the recipients.

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 including fall course implementation and spring capstone entrepreneurial robotics design project implementation.
  • Conduct classroom impact assessment and provide the results for reporting to NSF

APPLICATION: The application is LIVE. Click here to apply.

Application Deadline: UPDATED June 15, 2018

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