Wearable Research for In-Service STEM Teachers
You are cordially invited to participate in a National Science Foundation project of Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). To apply, please click here to complete the application form before Friday, April 7th 2017. A letter of recommendation from your school principal is recommended.
The RET project on Wearable Research for In-service STEM Teachers (WRIST) is to involve 12 in-service high school teachers per year from metropolitan Omaha public schools in a six-week immersive summer research experience in June and July of 2017, and an one-day intensive follow-up workshop in April 2018. The participating teachers will gain hands-on experiences in an individualized research project mentored by experienced UNO faculty members, and develop problem-based course modules/materials to translate the summer experience into their instructional and laboratory practices in the following semesters.
Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $6,000 for the summer program, and an additional $1,000 for classroom piloting of the instructional materials and their sharing of the classroom experiences in the spring workshop. Professional Development Points will be available according to the time involved. Participating teachers interested in earning graduate credits have the option to register in UNO Computer Science Independent Study course with their mentors (tuition is to be paid by the participants).
Expectations for the participating teachers include (1) full time commitment of 40 hours per week at the UNO campus during the 6-week summer program, and (2) active engagement of their students in trying-out the instructional materials (10-12 hours commitment) during the fall 2017 semester, and a quality presentation of the results of their work in the follow-up workshop in Spring 2018.
- Engage high school computing technology teachers in cutting-edge research projects in wearable computing and related areas;
- Empower the participating teachers with pathways to translate their hands-on research experience and knowledge to their classrooms with instructional/laboratory modules and course materials developed from integrating with the research projects; and
- Enhance the partnership between UNO computer science faculty and high school information technology teachers, and consequently foster a sustained pipeline of students entering computer science undergraduate programs.
Summer Research Experience (June 9 – August 3, 2017)
The RET participants must attend the following events:
- June 9 (RET kick-off meeting)
- Computational Thinking Workshop: June 13 - June 16
- June 30 (RET research progress meeting)
- July 21 (RET research progress meeting)
- Aug 2 - 3: RET Project final presentation/demonstration
In addition to these meeting, the RET participants work with Faculty Mentors. The schedule of the remaining 20 working days is up to the RET participants and their faculty mentors.
Spring Workshop (April 2018)
The summer research participants will present, exchange, and share their research experience and teaching materials. The curriculum modules developed during the summer will be distributed for other schools to adopt.
- Applications due: April 14, 2017
- Notification of Acceptance: No later than April 28, 2017
- Research Experience Dates: June 9 – Aug. 3, 2017
- Follow-up Workshop Date: April 2018 (tentative)
- Activity Recognition Using a Wrist Accelerometer
- Software Engineering Principles for Wearable Application Development
- Pattern Extractor on Wearables
- Wearables in Fashion for Introductory Computing
Participation in this RET Site Program is limited to teachers who meet the following criteria:
- Information technology teacher from Omaha Area Public School District
- Full-time commitment to the six-week summer research program and one-day spring workshop
Please click here to complete the application form before Friday, April 7th 2017.