Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
The RET program supports the active involvement of K-12 teachers in engineering research in order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation into their classrooms.
IIT received a 3-year RET Site grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the summers of 2005-2007. This grant has been extended to include the summer of 2008.
We have submitted a proposal for a second 3-year grant. If funded, we will continue to run this program. In the meantime, please use the educational modules that have been developed over the last five years.
IIT offered two RET programs:
Application (IIT MSED students only)
A seven week summer program that pairs K-12 teachers with an IIT Researcher Mentor to develop an educational module for their classroom.
A one week end-of-summer program during which the Corps of Educators present their educational modules to a group of teachers.
A two day workshop for middle and high school students (grades 6-12). During the workshop the Corps members implement parts of their modules in a simulated classroom environment.
Previous Program Materials
For more information on the RET Program at IIT, please contact:
- Dr. Alexander Flueck, Principal Investigator, 312.567.3625
- Robert Lapointe, Manager, Research Marketing
The 2005 - 2007 RET material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. EEC-0502174. The 2004 material was supported under grant No. EEC-0423977. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, or the Illinois Institute of Technology.