Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Nanotechnology program supports the active involvement of K-12 teachers and community college faculty in engineering research in order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers in engineering research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge of engineering into classroom activities.
Photo: Dr. Peter Lelkes/ Drexel NanoTissue Engineering Research
Photo: carbon nanotubes / IBM Research.
Partnerships with inner city schools or other high need schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. In the summer of 2008, RET-NANO was jointly conducted in the neighboring campuses of DrexelUniversity and The University of Pennsylvania. The Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, in conjunction with an array of schools and departments in the College of Engineering facilitated the program. On the University of Pennsylvania side, the NanoBio Interface Center, along with the many departments under School of Applied Science and Engineering served as hosts. The program brought in some 14 high school and community college teachers. This website gives highlights of the researcher’s involvement in the program.