Photo of RET faculty This Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site on Multidisciplinary Computational Solutions  for Smart Sensors and Sensing Systems,  is the fourth NSF RET Site since 1999.

What are the goals of RET?

  • To train High School and Middle School STEM teachers in developing student confidence and skills to succeed in a global market.
  • To form a strong partnership between MSU, Fraunhofer, school districts, and industry on advanced pre-college science and engineering education.
  • To develop and implement innovative curriculum by translating cutting-edge curriculum education from the University into classrooms.
  • Spark the interest of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
  • Train teachers to ultimately develop students’ confidence and skills to succeed in a dynamic and competitive global marketplace.
  • Develop innovative curriculum that integrates interdisciplinary, hands-on learning with national and state standards.

Approach / MethodsGroup in front of engineering mural


  • 12 STEM teachers/year, 6-week Summer Institute on Multidisciplinary Computational Solutions to Smart Sensors and Sensing Systems.
  • Close interactions between faculty, grad/undergrad students, and RET fellows

Development of standards-compliant curriculum

  • During Summer Institute and the Fall semester
  • Implement in classroom during the Spring semester

Project-based learning for students during semesters

  • Coached by RET fellows
  • MSU College of Engineering Design Day
  • Annual workshop to disseminate new curricula for school teachers, administrators, and university faculty.

A typical Summer Institute schedule can be found here. (PDF)