This summer’s #STEMNOW offerings for #K12 #teachers, like our National Science Foundation (NSF) DRK-12 and Research Experiences for Teacehers (RET) programs, learn a little about how the NYU Tandon School of Engineering faculty, our students and colleagues at New York University make a difference through high quality professional development.
Please watch this short video highlighting New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s recent visit to the NYU School of Engineering. Her ‘we can do this’ attitude about high quality STEM education was inspiring, and we share this with colleagues here and around the nation who make STEMNOW happen for young people and their teachers.
Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) begins with students participating in two workshops. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry explores scientific research, history, methods and ethics. Basic Robotics to Inspire Scientific Knowledge is a series of interactive exercises that test mathematical and engineering concepts. Here, comments from students about the experience over the first three days.
Maria: “In Basic Robotics to Inspire Scientific Knowledge (BRISK), we’re learning to build and program robots using LEGO Mindstorm kits. Yesterday, we completed building dual-motor bots, a step forward from the single-motor brick from the previous day’s build in that the second motor allows turning.
NYU-Poly partnered this summer with Irondale Ensemble Project in its Science of Smart Cities program. To develop the communication skills of these middle school students Irondale used theater techniques like improvisation and role play that helped students become confident presenters of scientific and technical information, key attributes of successful STEM professionals. Watch this application of the arts in STEM and learn about some of the thinking behind this pilot initiative.
Janice Perez, an engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation in its Brooklyn, NY office talks about the partnership between NYU-Poly and NGC in the Science of Smart Cities program. NGC STEM professionals worked with NYU-Poly students to integrate its advanced wireless communication work for the City of New York into the SoSC curriculum. As part of the program, middle school students spend a day at NGC with practicing engineers and technologists examining the real-world use of wireless technology in cities, learning how wireless networks are built and in workshops exploring creative applications that put the power of moving a lot of data around quickly to use in improving urban quality of life.
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Watch this discussion with summer robotics researchers: undergraduate and graduate students from Prof. Vikram Kapila‘s Mechatronics Lab, high school students in our ARISE program, and middle and high school teachers in the National Science Foundation funded Research Experience
for Teachers SMARTER program. They talk about their projects and creative ideas for interactive devices, as well as their views on the state of STEM education for K12 teachers and students.
Tierra, Amanda and Jason are NYC high school students at NYU-Poly as researchers for the summer in our ARISE program. Along with 16 other students, these young people are working with graduate and faculty mentors in ten different labs investigating robotics, civil, chemical and electrical engineering, materials science, computer science and more. These young people write about their experience over the first few weeks on campus. Continue reading
NYU-Poly Professor Jin Montclare discusses a DNA Restriction experiment, one component of the Bioengineering Research and Practice course for high school students she developed with students in the Montclare Labs in collaboration with the Center for K12 STEM Education.
As an artist, maker, and educator, Lizabeth Arum develops project-based curricula that foster innovation and creativity. Liz teaches middle and high school students basic computer skills, programming, and physical computing at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, Her work at the MakerBot Foundation continues her previous role with MakerBot Industries, where she spent two years facilitating teacher networks and helping educators harness the potential of 3D technologies.
MakerBot Industries and NYU-Poly have partnered on several initiatives, and this summer’s BotCamp on campus is the first partnership between NYU-Poly and the MakerBot Foundation. Continue reading