Revitalizing Achievement by Using Instrumentation in Science Education (RAISE)

Professional Development Day (January 22, 2005)

The RAISE Professional Development Day will take place on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. RAISE is an acronym that stands for evitalizing Achievement by Using Instrumentation in Science Education. This is a one-day hands-on workshop that will provide teachers of high school science, mathematics, and technology with valuable training in the use of modern sensors, instrumentation, and measurement techniques.

Teachers selected for this program will receive a stipend of $200, plus an equipment kit for use in their schools, thanks to a generous funding grant from the New York Space Grant Consortium. To apply, please download the application form that is attached and submit the completed form by fax or mail on or before December 17, 2004.

The explosion and prevalence of computer technology in all spheres of human activity present teachers with an opportunity to redesign high school science laboratory instruction. By participating in this workshop, the skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) of the 20 selected teachers will be enhanced. Each teacher will learn how to integrate modern technological tools in their labs. Integrating modern instrumentation and data acquisition techniques will engage students in the laboratory experience and ignite their interests in experimentation and research.

Agenda for the Workshop

Time Agenda Speaker
08:45 am Breakfast
09:10 am Welcome Prof. Vikram Kapila
09:15 am Presentation on Sensors Sookram Sobhan
09:45 am Physics Experiment I Demo: Damped Vibrations Farhan Mudasir
10:00 am Physics Activity I: Accelerometer is used to observe damped vibration
11:00 am Break
11:15 am Physics Experiment II Demo: Light vs Brightness vs Distance Ilya Zarankin
11:30 am Physics Activity II: Light Sensor is used to establish the relationship between intensity and distance from light source
12:30 am Lunch
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01:30 pm Physics Experiment III Demo: Magnetic Field of a Solenoid Sookram Sobhan
02:00 pm Physics Activity III: Magnetic Field Sensor is used to measure the magnetic field inside a solenoid
03:00 pm Break
03:15 pm Biology Presentation and Demo: Measuring Heart Rate using the EKG sensor Edwin Yu
Meetu Walia
04:15 pm Questions and Discussions
04:45 pm Closing Remarks Prof. Vikram Kapila

NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s NSF-funded GK-12 project has acquired and distributed sensor kits for Living Environment and Physics classes from Vernier Inc. The sensor kits will be provided to each participating teacher in this full-day workshop, which is open only to teachers of high school science, mathematics, and technology who are not currently affiliated with our GK-12 project. They will also receive curriculum materials and tools developed under the GK-12 project.

During the workshop, participating teachers will be introduced to four sensor-based lab exercises. Each lab presentation will involve:

  • a 30-minute lecture plus demo
  • a 60-minute hands-on activity in two-person teams
  • a 30-minute reflection/discussion on the lab lesson

Benefits to Teachers

The RAISE Professional Development Day is an opportunity for teachers to:

  • reinforce their present science and mathematics skills;
  • become familiar with modern sensors and their use;
  • enrich their STEM experience through exposure to real world engineering applications;
  • develop and hone their technical skills; and
  • network with other local area STEM educators.

Benefits to School

After successfully completing the one day professional development workshop, teachers will be capable of:

  • mentoring students in conducting sensor-based research and participating in science competitions; and
  • serving as science and technology ambassadors in their schools.


  • Regular teaching assignment at the high school level in a school located in New York City (all five boroughs), Westchester, Long Island, or New Jersey.
  • A minimum of one year of experience in teaching high school math, physics, or living environment courses.
  • Signed endorsement by your school’s principal.
  • Teachers at the following New York City schools, which are currently participating in NYU Tandon’s GK-12 project, are not eligible to apply: George Westinghouse High School, Paul Robeson High School, Seward Park High School, MartaValle Secondary School.


Participants who successfully complete all workshop requirements will receive a stipend of $200 and a Vernier Software and Technology equipment kit comprised of:

  1. Go Link
  2. Go Link compatible light sensor (LS-BTA)
  3. Go Link compatible magnetic filed sensor (MG-BTA)
  4. Go Link compatible stainless steel temperature probe (TMP-BTA)
  5. Go Link compatible Low-g accelerometer (LGA-BTA)

Any income tax obligation incurred by the stipend is the responsibility of the teacher.

Application Deadline and Selection Information

Twenty teachers will be selected to participate in the RAISE Professional Development Day, which will take place on January 22, 2005, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All applications must be postmarked by Friday, December 17, 2004. The application form can be downloaded here.

Selection to participate in the workshop will be on a competitive basis. Applicants may submit their application either by mail or fax. Teachers will be selected by January 10, 2005 and will be notified shortly thereafter. Names of those selected for the workshop will also be posted on the RAISE website.

Contact Information

Dr. Noel N. Kriftcher
Executive Director
David Packard Center for Technology and Educational Alliances
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
6 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Fax: (718) 260 - 3733