Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)



  • Regular teaching appointment at a high school located in New York City (all five boroughs), Long Island, Westchester, or New Jersey (within commuting distance).
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience in physical sciences, math, or pre-engineering disciplines.
  • Endorsement by the school principal.
  • Two certified math or science teachers from the same high school must apply as a pair.
  • Each teacher must have 2 high school students from their school.


  • Four weeks: July 8, 2019 - August 2, 2019
  • Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., on NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s campus


Project teachers who successfully complete all requirements (see responsibilities below) will receive a stipend of $3,750. Summer student participants will receive a stipend of $500 each. Income tax obligations are the responsibility of the participants.


To receive a full stipend, participants are required to:

  • Attend all training activities.
  • Complete assigned engineering design, prototyping activities, presentation, reporting, and project web page.
  • Participate in academic year follow-up activities (implement an elective robotics course and a capstone design project, and participate in an annual robot product design and business idea “Inno/Vention” contest at NYU).
  • Conduct assessment of project impact in their classrooms and provide the results for reporting to NSF.


EEach school must submit a complete application package for a pair of teachers from physical sciences, math, or pre-engineering disciplines. A complete application package consists of the application form, resume, essay, and reference letters. Applications may be hand-delivered, mailed, e-mailed, or submitted online. Finalists for the 2019 project will be announced on the project website by May 10, 2019. Following the selection of teachers, schools will be asked to select a gender-balanced group of four students/school for the summer program.


  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.

Application Form Deadline: April 22, 2019

Before you submit your application, please review the details and note again that the application must be filled out all at once and the essay and resume should be in a PDF file format. Your Principal and Assistant Principal will be contacted when you submit your application.