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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maria: “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.
Curriculum Highlight & Instructor Profiles: BRISK with Dominick Dennisur & Akshay Fadnis
How do you build a robotic car and collect data about the angles of the turns it makes and the friction it creates when moving on different surfaces? How can we visualize the data we acquire and use visualizations (maps, graphs) for analysis?
This summer, Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) students will focus on the above and more through Basic Robotics to Inspire Scientific Knowledge (BRISK), a 30 hour workshop. Students will participate in hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons involving math, science, computer programming, and robotics.
Curriculum Highlight & Instructor Profile: Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry with Dr. Brendan Matz
How should we as a society best use the powerful knowledge produced in the laboratory? How do STEM researchers and professionals consider ethical issues relating to embryonic stem cells, online privacy, designer babies, drones and warfare, and genetically modified foods?
This summer, Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) students will focus on the above and more through Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry, a 30 hour workshop. Students will make connections between scientific laboratory research and skills in critical thinking, public debate, writing and presentation.