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Collaborative Effort

The collaborative program, Next Generation of a Highly-Skilled Workforce in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, focuses on advanced manufacturing and materials research as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program.

Our new era requires highly skilled STEM professionals, and to have a well-prepared workforce, our society looks to educators, like you, to inspire our youth to pursue STEM disciplines. We aspire to provide you with the tools and experiences that will equip you to provide these experiences within your classroom! Additionally, this RET site will support your development of a collaborative professional community invested in fostering enhanced academic success and inspiration surrounding student interest and pursuance of advanced manufacturing and materials career fields.

A key part of this experience includes curriculum development. Through this RET experience, you will be guided through a nationally recognized curriculum development process by a curriculum coach and learn how to integrate your new technical knowledge with concepts of innovation and engineering design to create exciting, hands-on lessons and activities.

Experience Innovation

  • Attend a half-day orientation program to complete any needed paperwork and meet your teammates and research mentors, which will be held on one of the three university campuses on a Saturday in the spring prior to your summer program.
  • Attend Materials Boot Camp (partnering with ASM – Materials Camp) where you will be provided with curricular tools and supplies needed to replicate some of the classroom activities. Also, you will receive a one-year membership in ASM to help you network with teachers and engineers beyond just those involved in the RET.
  • Receive pedagogy training and curriculum development training that focus on inquiry-based learning.
  • Tour industry and campus laboratories at all three universities.
  • Present your research at RET Conference and Symposium.
  • Attend supplementary presentations: historical and social implications, effective literature reviews, a “Changing the Conversation” session with ideas on how to attract a more diverse group of students to the field of engineering and much more!
  • Attend weekly Research Innovation Seminars where engineers and scientists from the three universities, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) and other regional STEM organizations and industries will speak to you about advanced manufacturing and materials.
  • Participate in one of six ongoing materials and manufacturing research projects.

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Kettering Laboratories 564 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254