This Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site on Robotics Engineering for Better Life and Sustainable Future continues a previous successful RET program, RET Site on Bio-Inspired Technology and Systems (BITS), at Michigan State University.
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, NSF ERC for WIMS, 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 / Methods
- 12 STEM teachers/year, 6-week Summer Institute on Robotics Engineering for Better Life and Sustainable Future
- 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)