Science and Mechatronics Aided Research for Teachers with an Entrepreneurship Experience (SMARTER)



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


  • Six weeks: July 8, 2019 - August 16, 2019
  • Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., on NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s campus


Project participants who successfully complete all requirements (including submission of final project report; academic year follow-up—attend the RET Day @ NYU in fall, participate in two Research Seminars/semester, and mentor student teams at their schools to participate in an annual Inno/Vention student idea competition at NYU; and assessment activities), will receive a stipend of $7,500. 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 engineering research, oral presentation, comprehensive research report, and project web page.
  • 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 its teacher/s. 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 2019 project will be announced on the project web site by May 10, 2019.


  1. Resume which includes information stating your
    • Education.
    • Professional experience with relevant teaching history.
  2. Essay (300-500 words)
    • Based on your experience, what STEM concepts do you wish to demonstrate to your students with the aid of sensors, actuators, and micro-controllers? How will this create an exciting learning activity for students?
    • What experimental facilities do you use at your school for hands-on learning activities? How have you developed an engaging curriculum using this facility?
    • Detail how you will incorporate modern technology in your instruction to enhance STEM education after participating in this RET Site program.
  3. Two reference letters from your
    • Principal
    • Assistant-principal, department head, or a senior colleague who can comment on your professional background and future outlook.

Application Form Deadline: April 22, 2019

Contact Information

Prof. Vikram Kapila
Teaching STEM with Robotics
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Tandon School of Engineering
New York University
6 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: (646) 997-3161
Fax: (646) 997-3532