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Middle and High School STEM Teachers

Inspire the Next Generation

Middle and high school STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers, we invite you to join faculty, researchers and students this summer at the University of Dayton (UD) and Central State University (CSU) for a year-long National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program: Global STEM — Appropriate Technology for Developing Communities.

In our program, you will participate in hands-on STEM learning and real-world engineering research focused on human centered design and appropriate technology. You will also gain knowledge and skills to better engage your students. Research mentors at one of two regional universities (UD and CSU) will facilitate and enhance your RET experience through industry and lab tours as well as guide you through a materials “bootcamp."

Guided by a curriculum coach, you will engage in STEM curriculum development to connect skills exemplified with age-appropriate academic content standards for incorporation in your classroom during the following school year.

After participation in RET, you will continue your professional development through ongoing engagement with faculty and researchers at UD and CSU.

NSF RET Global STEM Sponsors
  • National Science Foundation
  • University of Dayton
  • Central State University
NSF RET Global STEM Partner
The ETHOS Center
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Program Format

This year-long research experience will provide teachers with a transformative research and international experience.

  • January: Appropriate technology and human-centered design orientation
  • February: Introduction to research and laboratory safety, immersion planning, and meeting faculty mentors
  • February-May: Individual research projects guided by a faculty mentor
  • June-July: International immersion experience
  • July: Curriculum development workshop

Program Objectives

  • Transfer applied engineering research activities to classrooms
  • Develop and disseminate new curriculum
  • Attain new knowledge of engineering disciplines and careers and have a deeper understanding of how engineering can be used to serve the local and global community
  • Develop an appreciation for the value of diverse team-based learning
  • Develop greater intercultural self-awareness and an understanding of how cultural norms affect engineering design and innovation
  • Benefit professionally through development activities integrated in RET
National Science Foundation

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. (EEC #1855231/1855239). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254