Research Experiences for Teachers


RET-CR Site: Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Computational Robotics

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Funded by the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX

We are pleased to announce opportunities for middle and high school teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to work with research scientists at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), through our one-week Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) site on Computational Robotics (CR). The plan is to host two groups of the teachers during July. This RET-CR program shall help to develop a strong partnership between TAMUCC, middle and high schools in Corpus Christi (CC) to support science, technology, engineering, and math by training 20 teachers in the areas of STEM. This program shall support the development of many lessons and provide a way to enhance the curriculum in schools of CC. Research in the fields of robotics, computational science, imaging, and mobile computation is currently of paramount importance and the relevance and significance of cross-disciplinary research in robotics cannot be overstated in the context of STEM education and its potential is daily growing.


Broader Impacts

The program’s unique structure, a Hispanic Serving Institution (46% Hispanic) which is also a Minority Serving Institution (61% minorities) partnered with high needs school districts, positions RET- ARS to make significant contributions to STEM education and educator development. The broader impacts of the proposed program will extend beyond the project by enriching the professional development of a number of teachers in STEM education, developing confidence and a passion for research and life-long learning in computing among teachers, creating an innovative curriculum for science and technology instruction, and strengthening the interest of middle school students in scientific inquiry. Long-range impacts will be a change in middle school course delivery and altered approaches for tackling various problems in real-life through analysis and development of solutions. These processes in partnership with schools in the South Texas area will positively influence the learning and career paths of young students, mainly from underserved districts and underrepresented groups in South Texas and beyond for years to come, thus contributing to a technology-savvy workforce that is much needed by the United States.


RET-CR Important Dates:

Application Available: February

Application Deadline: March 15 or until positions filed

Summer Institute: July


RET-CR shall provide:

1. Two weeks of summer research experience with faculty and graduate student collaborators for twenty teachers. The program will take place twice with ten teachers in each round.

2. Lunch

3. Classroom activity development support

4. Hands-on research experience via using the facility at the Cognitive Computing and Machine Intelligence Laboratory (CCMIL), Department of Computing Science, TAMUCC.