Summer Mechatronics Institute for Teachers (SUMMIT)



  • Middle and high school teachers from Regions 4, 6, and 8 of New York City school system.
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience in STEM disciplines.
  • Endorsement by the school principal.


  • Four weeks: July 16, 2007-August 10, 2007.
  • Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M., on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering campus.


Project participants who successfully complete all program requirements (including submission of final project report, participation in follow-up and assessment activities), receive a stipend of $6,000. Income tax obligations are the responsibility of the teachers.


Each project participant receives an equipment kit consisting of micro-controller and components to develop laboratory activities in their schools.


To receive a full stipend, participants are required to:

  • Attend all training, research, discussion, and presentation activities.
  • Complete a working research project, oral presentation, comprehensive research report, and project web page.
  • Participate in follow-up activities.
  • Conduct assessment of project impact in their classrooms and provide the results for reporting to the New York State Education Department.


  • Program will host 20 teachers.
  • Selection to the program is on a competitive basis.
  • A complete application package consists of the application form, résumé, essay, and reference letters.
  • Applications may be hand delivered or mailed.
  • Name of those selected for the 2007 program will be posted on the project web site in early June 2007.

Choose one of the following two ways to apply to the 2007 SUMMIT program:

  • Hard copy application submission via regular mail
  • Hard copy application submission via hand deliver

Application Form Deadline: June 1, 2007
Reference Letter Deadline: May 25, 2007

Submit application (mail/hand deliver) and reference letters (mail/email) to:

Prof. Vikram Kapila
Summer Mechatronics Institute for Teachers
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Tandon School of Engineering
New York University
6 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201