Update: Robots and Research

The Center is now accepting applications for the summer 2015 cohort of high school students completing their junior and sophomore years to participate in ARISE, which provides STEM lab research experience and mentoring in NYU engineering and science labs. We encourage you to browse the participating lab descriptions and get an application in early! The New York University School of Engineering is partnering again with NYC FIRST to run its FIRST Lego League (FLL) and First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competitions throughout the five boroughs and the 2014-2015 season calendar is already packed. Here are updates and details on ARISE and FIRST programming. Continue reading

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Extending the ARISE Experience

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Even after the ARISE summer research program for high school students is officially over, some participants continue their research into the school year in NYU School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences labs. These efforts can turn into significant accomplishments and contributions to scientific and engineering fields. Here, several inspiring examples of work conducted by ARISE students that have truly become part of the STEM research community. Continue reading

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Ramping up FTC Robotics

On Saturday, September 6th, the NYU School of Engineering was the site of the kickoff event for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC). Teams from high schools in the Five Boroughs and Long Island gathered for the 2014-2015 FTC robotics competition challenge to be revealed. For the past fifteen years, NYU SoE and NYC FIRST have been strategic partners in running robotics competitions for NYC students. The Center for K12 STEM Education and an army of NYU SoE student volunteers plan, coach teams, and organize the tournament season.  Continue reading

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Research Confirms STEM Ambitions

Now in its second year, the ARISE program, funded by the Pinkerton Foundation, is in full swing and in the 5th of its 7-week schedule.  The 35 participating New York City high school students have been conducting research in 14 labs across the NYU School of Engineering in Brooklyn and the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Washington Square. Graduate student mentors have been guiding them during their research, which is designed to contribute to the lab’s overall research goals.

We visited with the students and asked them how their research experience had changed their perceptions about life in a lab, plans for college, and their interest in STEM pursuits.

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Teachers Acquire Engineering Mindset

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Two Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs, funded by the National Science Foundation, are taking place this summer at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Both programs provide guided training to the teacher participants before the teachers begin lab research with graduate students and professors.

Based with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Science and Mechatronics Aided Research for Teachers with an Entrepreneurship expeRience (SMARTER) is focused on mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, control theory as well as entrepreneurship. To introduce the teachers to entrepreneurship, the program involves site visits to the NYU Incubators, including the Urban Future Lab, and participation in the upcoming 7th Annual Inno/Vention Competition

Based with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the CSAW Summer Research Program for High School Teachers is focused on computer science and cyber security. 

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Almost Ready to Unveil Model Smart Cities

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It is one week until Science of Smart Cities Expo day! The students have been involved with many hands-on and team-based activities to prepare for building and designing their model cities. They are also enjoying field trips around Brooklyn to gain historical and present-day perspectives on urban infrastructure, wireless communications, and transportation. Field trips include visits to the New York Transit Museum and the LEED Silver-certified Barclays Center. On the final day of the Science of Smart Cities program, the students will showcase the model cities that they built and present how their cities incorporate the engineering lessons they learned in the classroom and from their field trips. 

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Opportunity Arises, and Curiosity Meets Passion

Tanzila is an alumna from the inaugural Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) cohort in summer 2013. She joined Professor Rastislav Levicky‘s Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics lab where PhD candidate Ursula Koniges was her mentor. As a high school student, she contemplated chemical engineering studies in college. After a successful summer with ARISE, she kept in touch with Ursula and developed greater interest in engineering and research. This Fall, she will join NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering‘s Class of 2018. We asked Tanzila to tell her story.

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Get Excited, Be Inspired

Please watch this short video highlighting New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s recent visit to the NYU School of Engineering.  Her ‘we can do this’ attitude about high quality STEM education was inspiring, and we share this with colleagues here and around the nation who make STEMNOW happen for young people and their teachers.

Be Inspired! Summer STEM 2014 from Center for K12 STEM Education on Vimeo.

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SoSC Students Wow Their Teachers

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Earlier this week, two middle school teachers from Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate (from the Uncommon Schools network) dropped by the Science of Smart Cities classroom to see their students build circuits, as part of the Energy Unit of the program’s curriculum. The day of the visit, the students learned about the flow of electrons through a conductor and how the material of a conductor affects electrical current in the circuit they built.

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ARISE Workshops Engage Students

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Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) begins with students participating in two workshops. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry explores scientific research, history, methods and ethics. Basic Robotics to Inspire Scientific Knowledge is a series of interactive exercises that test mathematical and engineering concepts.  Here, comments from students about the experience over the first three days.

DSC_5490Maria: “In Basic Robotics to Inspire Scientific Knowledge (BRISK), we’re learning to build and program robots using LEGO Mindstorm kits. Yesterday, we completed building dual-motor bots, a step forward from the single-motor brick from the previous day’s build in that the second motor allows turning.

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