Summer Teacher Professional Development

Hk Maker Lab Teacher Professional Development Application

Deadline: February 19th 11:59pm

 

What is the Hk Maker Lab? The Hk Maker Lab is an NIH and Pinkerton Foundation-funded initiative to expand engineering design education in New York City high schools. The core of Hk Maker Lab is an annual six-week summer program which brings 24 high school students to Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to learn about the engineering design process and apply it to real-world problems.

Hk Maker Lab is looking to form lasting partnerships with passionate secondary math and science teachers in New York City who want to introduce engineering into their school’s STEM offerings. Accepted teachers will join us during the summer program and participate in a co-learning environment where they will be introduced to the engineering design process in coordination with our students. During this time, the teachers will work together with Hk Maker Lab educators to create their own high school engineering design curricula. Hk Maker Lab will provide pedagogical and material support during the 2017-2018 academic year to help teachers as they implement engineering design-centric coursework at their schools.

Program Goals

To expand the presence of engineering design in high school education and assess the impact of engineering coursework on student outcomes, we aim to:

  • Enhance secondary teachers understanding of the engineering design process and excite them about introducing engineering into high school-level STEM education.
  • Create engineering design-centric courses and/or modules that can be enacted in teachers’ high schools.
  • Assess the benefits of engineering design education for high school students. The Hk Maker Lab has IRB approval from the NYC DoE to assess the effects of these programs on high school students and teachers (NYCDOE IRB, File # 1420).

Participation Benefits

Hk Maker Lab seeks to build lasting partnerships with schools and educators. We offer support well beyond the summer of 2017, to ensure that our partners successfully introduce engineering design to their students. Benefits include:

  • Observe first-hand how engineering design instruction can be imparted to high school students.
  • Develop an understanding of the engineering design process through hands-on learning.
  • Enhance technical and laboratory skills.
  • Build engineering curriculum to take back to the classroom.
  • Access to full offering of Hk Maker digital support materials, including lectures, videos, procedures, and more.
  • Instructional and assessment support from Hk Maker Lab during course implementation.
  • Summer stipend
  • Additional financial support for materials during the following school year

Program Schedule

All applications should carefully review the following dates and information to ensure that they are willing and able to attend all sessions (which take place at Columbia University’s Morningside Campus). Virtual workshops will be hosted online and will be scheduled in coordination with accepted applicants.

  • Four (4) virtual workshops to gain an understanding of the engineering design process. These workshops are expected to last for 30 – 90 minutes. July 1-July 17 (specific dates TBD).
  • Hk Maker Lab summer program – classroom and laboratory work. July 17-August 25, Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm.
  • Hk Maker Lab summer program – curriculum development workshops. July 17-August 25, Fridays 10am-4pm.

Eligibility and Application Process

Applicants will be selected based on their teaching ability, interest in engineering education, and their administrative support. Selected applicants will be notified by March 1st and will be interviewed by the Hk Maker Lab team. We will also schedule school visits with selected applicants. Final decisions will be made and reported to applicants by April 10th.

Eligibility Requirements

  • High school math, science, or engineering teacher in New York City
  • Written endorsement from school’s principal
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing engineering design coursework in school

Application Checklist

Follow the link below to access our online application. Teachers who are interested in the program or who have any questions regarding the application should contact hello@hypothekids.org.

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