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Middle and High School STEM Teachers

Collaborative Effort

The collaborative program, Global STEM – Appropriate Technology for Developing Communities, involves international engineering research focused on human-centered design and appropriate technology as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program.

With our new global economy and rapidly changing demographics, it is imperative for today’s teachers to possess enhanced intercultural competency in order to guide and educate the next generation of engineers and STEM professionals. Through this transformative 12-month experience, you will engage in research projects focused on human-centered design and travel to an international community partner to implement your research. Upon return from your international travel, 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 an orientation session focused on human centered design and appropriate technology. This full-day event will provide a comprehensive program overview, give you an opportunity to meet your teammates, and provide an introduction to intercultural competency (IC). You will have the opportunity to engage in team-based, hands-on activities that incorporate human centered design (HCD) and appropriate technology (AT).
  • Attend a second orientation session to introduce you the various research projects and immersion locations available through this RET. This session will provide additional information on intercultural competency and introduce engineering-based research and design methodologies. You will have an opportunity to engage in team-based, hands-on activities that incorporate HCD, AT, and IC.
  • Receive comprehensive immersion planning and research mentoring.
  • Tour local industry and campus laboratories at the University of Dayton and Central State University.
  • Present your research at a RET conference and symposium.
  • Participate in one of the ongoing human-centered design and appropriate technology research projects.

School of Engineering

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254