Research Experience for Teachers: COSMOS | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Research Experience for Teachers: COSMOS


Educators at the COSMOS program

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The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) COSMOS Program is a professional development opportunity for middle and high school science, math, computer science, and engineering teachers in New York City. You will be involved in wireless network research alongside STEM researchers at either NYU Tandon Brooklyn Campus or Columbia University. However, approximately the first two weeks will take place at NYU Tandon. No previous experience is necessary.

Program Overview

COSMOS (“Cloud Enhanced Open Software Defined Mobile Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment” is a five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation with the aim to develop, deploy, and operate an advanced wireless research testbed in New York City, specifically in West Harlem. The team consists of academic partners from Columbia, NYU, Rutgers, the City of New York, Silicon Harlem, City College of New York (CCNY), and a large group of industrial partners. Teachers will collaborate with researchers working on both the COSMOS project and a National Science Foundation EFRI NewLAW project that focuses on wireless communication. More info about COSMOS can be found in our toolkit labs and grade levels

This project is a partnership with Columbia Engineering Outreach and NYU Tandon's Center for K12 STEM Education.

Main Goals:
Over the period of six weeks, the teachers will:

1. Carry out cutting edge educational research in the field of wireless networks, collaborating with a faculty mentor.

2. Collaborate with graduate students in the research laboratory of the faculty (aka principal investigator, PI).

3. Meet weekly with other teachers in university-sponsored RET programs.

4. Develop at least two web-based laboratories or projects, which they will use in their classroom in the upcoming year. Align these projects/STEM lessons to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Involvement and Implementation

How will you be involved? 

Teachers will work together with their mentor and graduate students jointly to design and develop web-based labs/experiments that will run on the advanced wireless testbed currently being designed. The teacher will use the testbed to develop research experiments suitable for K-12 students, which will be transferred into web-based, self-explanatory labs to be used by other technology students. The labs should be an approachable introduction to interesting and emerging concepts related to optical and wireless networking, without demanding mastery of the hardware’s complexity. The labs will provide students the opportunity to understand a real networking system’s dynamics and operation. 

COSMOS Toolkit and circuitry

Classroom Implementation:

With mentor support, the teachers will create new curriculum labs with the goal to use the labs in their classrooms in the following academic year. The labs will be web-based and will be disseminated though the websiteCOSMOS teachers in a lab of the of the COSMOS RET Toolkit. The mentor will be involved in the teacher’s classroom through class visits and through meetings with the teacher as needed. The teacher will be encouraged and supported to present the labs he/she develop at regional or national meetings, or publish in an education/practitioner journal. We anticipate and hope the teacher and research team partnerships will continue for many years to come.

Teacher Eligibility and Information

• Teachers MUST be math or science certified
• Teachers must be U.S. citizens
• Must teach at a middle or high school located in New York City
• Must have at least three years of full-time teaching experience in science, math, or pre-engineering disciplines
• Endorsement by the school principal or district superintendent

Teacher Responsibilities: 
• Attend all program activities
• Complete assigned research and curriculum project, final presentation and report
• Participate in academic year activities
• Submit program assessment, demographics, and testimonials for NSF

Program Details

  • Duration: July 1 – August 9, 2019

  • Locations: Research experiences for teachers will be located at Columbia University or NYU Tandon School of Engineering (first 2-weeks at NYU Tandon)

  • Schedule: 9am - 5pm, plus weekly workshops and cohort meetings

  • Stipend: $8,000

  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2019, rolling basis

Application (Now Closed)