Research Experience for Teachers

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

July, 2008

This summer I was fortunate enough to participate in Drexel University's Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program.

We participated in lab sessions that demonstrated how to use cooperative groups to create the components of a simple machine using K'Nex. Nothing like toys to bring a group of teachers together!

Program Overview 

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering program supports the active involvement of K-12 teachers and community college faculty in engineering research in order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers in engineering  research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge of engineering  into classroom activities.

The RET Fellows participated in a five-week intensive research period in the summer, and participated in the Introduction to Emerging Technology course. The lectures covered topics in: a) Information Technology, b) Nanotechnology, and c) Biotechnology. The RET Fellows were paired with a Drexel professor who is involved in the area of research which is of interest to the Fellows.