Two Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs, funded by the National Science Foundation, are taking place this summer at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Both programs provide guided training to the teacher participants before the teachers begin lab research with graduate students and professors. Based with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Science and Mechatronics Aided Research for Teachers with an Entrepreneurship expeRience (SMARTER) is focused on mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, control theory as well as entrepreneurship. To introduce the teachers to entrepreneurship, the program involves site visits to the NYU Incubators, including the Urban Future Lab, and participation in the upcoming 7th Annual Inno/Vention Competition. Based with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the CSAW Summer Research Program for High School Teachers is focused on computer science and cyber security. Continue reading
It is one week until Science of Smart Cities Expo day! The students have been involved with many hands-on and team-based activities to prepare for building and designing their model cities. They are also enjoying field trips around Brooklyn to gain historical and present-day perspectives on urban infrastructure, wireless communications, and transportation. Field trips include visits to the New York Transit Museum and the LEED Silver-certified Barclays Center. On the final day of the Science of Smart Cities program, the students will showcase the model cities that they built and present how their cities incorporate the engineering lessons they learned in the classroom and from their field trips.
Earlier this week, two middle school teachers from Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate (from the Uncommon Schools network) dropped by the Science of Smart Cities classroom to see their students build circuits, as part of the Energy Unit of the program’s curriculum. The day of the visit, the students learned about the flow of electrons through a conductor and how the material of a conductor affects electrical current in the circuit they built.
Curriculum Highlight & Instructor Profiles: BRISK with Dominick Dennisur & Akshay Fadnis
How do you build a robotic car and collect data about the angles of the turns it makes and the friction it creates when moving on different surfaces? How can we visualize the data we acquire and use visualizations (maps, graphs) for analysis?
This summer, Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) students will focus on the above and more through Basic Robotics to Inspire Scientific Knowledge (BRISK), a 30 hour workshop. Students will participate in hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons involving math, science, computer programming, and robotics.
Curriculum Highlight & Instructor Profile: Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry with Dr. Brendan Matz
How should we as a society best use the powerful knowledge produced in the laboratory? How do STEM researchers and professionals consider ethical issues relating to embryonic stem cells, online privacy, designer babies, drones and warfare, and genetically modified foods?
This summer, Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) students will focus on the above and more through Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry, a 30 hour workshop. Students will make connections between scientific laboratory research and skills in critical thinking, public debate, writing and presentation.
Applying Mechatronics to Promote Science (AMPS), a GK12 Fellows Program funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), has completed its 6th year at the NYU School of Engineering. The program, led by Mechanical Engineering Professor Vikram Kapila along with Civil Engineering Professor Magued Iskander and the Center for K12 STEM Education’s director Ben Esner, pairs School of Engineering graduate students with local Brooklyn K-12 public schools. The graduate students work weekly with K12 classroom teachers to collaborate on STEM curricula and student teaching.
The Center’s global partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences’ K12 education outreach program and the National University of Malaysia (UKM) continues this month with the Center’s second trip to Kuala Lumpur from February 13 – March 1. The goal for this trip is to adapt the Science of Smart Cities curriculum’s urban infrastructure, transportation, and wireless communications units for Malaysian high school students. In Malaysia, this adapted program is known as the Science of Smart Communities or Bitara STEM and this trip follows-up on the Center’s first trip last September.
The NYU School of Engineering is FIRST‘s only New York City partner and a supporter of many local schools’ year-round robotics programs. This 2013-2014 academic year season includes nine qualifier competitions for NYC FIRST Lego League and NYC FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the New York City area. FLL finalists compete at a championship in April at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and FTC teams compete for the NYC Championship here on our Brooklyn campus March 8.
View more photos from the FTC Long Island Qualifier, held on January 19.