Design-based Research for K-12 (DRK-12)



  • Regular teaching appointment at a middle school located in New York City (all five boroughs).
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience in science or math disciplines.
  • Endorsement by the school principal.


  • Three weeks: July 28, 2019 - August 3, 2019
  • Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., on NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s campus
  • 40 additional hours during the academic year


Project participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive a stipend of $4,000. Income tax obligations are the responsibility of the teachers.


To receive a full stipend, participants are required to:

  • Attend all training, research, and presentation activities.
  • Complete assigned curriculum design activities, oral presentation, and report.
  • Participate in academic year follow-up activities.
  • Conduct assessment of project impact in their classrooms and provide the results for reporting to NSF.


Each school must submit a complete application package for a pair of science and math teachers. A complete application package consists of the application form, resume, essay, and reference letters. Applications may be hand delivered, mailed, or e-mailed. Finalists for the 2018 project will be announced on the project website.


  1. Resume which includes information stating your
    • Education.
    • Professional experience with relevant teaching history.
  2. Essay (300-500 words)
    • Based on your experience, what integrative robotics, STEM, and entrepreneurship concepts do you wish to demonstrate to your students? How will this create an exciting learning activity for students?
    • What robotics learning resources do you use at your school for hands-on learning activities? How have you developed an engaging curriculum using these resources?
    • Detail how you will incorporate robotics in your instruction to enhance STEM education after participating in this project.
  3. Two reference letters from your
    • Principal-committing to allow you to offer a robotics elective course and a robotics capstone design course.
    • Assistant-principal, department head, or a senior colleague who can comment on your professional background and future outlook.