National Science Foundation Drone Research Experience for Teachers


Thanks to a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, teachers have the opportunity participate in a drone research experience. Teachers will be guided by University of Tulsa faculty and students to utilize science, math, and engineering concepts inherent in the design, construction, and applications of unmanned aerial systems. Teachers will develop innovative and interactive, standards-based STEM curriculum and translate research experiences into classroom practices with an emphasis on exploration and discovery. Ideal applicants are self-motivated, have the ability to work with minimal supervision, and can work both independently and as part of a team. Administrators and applicants should be aware that guests, such as TU faculty and students, will be visiting participant classrooms several times throughout the year and that drones will be in use during these times.

The application will close at 5pm on February 14, 2020. Applicants may be contacted for a follow-up phone interview prior to a final decision. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or around April 3, 2020.

Program Benefits:

  • Opportunity to work alongside TU Faculty and students developing standards-based curriculum while conducting research related to unmanned aerial systems
  • $8,000 stipend
  • $2,000 classroom material budget
  • Participants will receive drones and additional classroom materials throughout the program
  • Access to TU faculty and student assistance throughout the school year
  • Potential graduate credit from TU

Applicant Expectations:

  • Limited to 10 teachers
  • Must be a certified high school teacher teaching in the state of Oklahoma for the duration of the program (preference given to teachers of STEM subject areas)
  • Must live within an hour radius of Tulsa and be able to provide your own transportation, meals, and lodging
  • Expected to attend all sessions and develop at least 2 multi-day lesson plans to implement during the school year
  • Motivated learner open to new content
  • Teacher teams are encouraged but each educator must submit an individual application

Dates and Times

June 1 - July 10, 2020 from 9:00am - 4:00pm each weekday

The University of Tulsa, Rayzor Hall

Follow Up Days TBA


Dr. Peter LoPresti

The University of Tulsa

Kristen Tanner

Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance