The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Programs at USF


The objectives of the program include: (i) exposing teachers to engineering research in which science and math backgrounds are used; (ii) revealing the necessary integration of science and math disciplines when conducting engineering research; (iii) providing teachers with real life examples in which science and math are used in this way; (iv) enhancing teacher self esteem and confidence in science as a discipline. This experience provides teachers with enhanced teaching skills/methods, the ability to motivate students in science and math disciplines, and a higher level of credibility and knowledge to apply when advising/guiding students toward the engineering disciplines.

The program is open to all areas of engineering and, although there is no one single research focus in the program, there are several common elements. Teachers are asked to present their research twice, at an informal weekly meeting, and again at a formal closing ceremony. In addition, teachers are required to develop two lesson plans based on their research experience; these lesson plans are posted below.

The Research Experiences for Students and Teachers (REST) Program at USF


The objectives of the REST program include all the benefits of the RET program and is slated for students and teachers from Hillsborough County.

The program is open to all areas of engineering and, although there is no one single research focus in the program, there are several common elements. Teachers are asked to present their research twice, at an informal weekly meeting, and again at a formal closing ceremony. In addition, teachers are required to develop two lesson plans based on their research experience.

REST 2008 Program Application (Teacher and Student)


The 2008 REST program is five weeks starting on Monday, June 16, and ending on Friday, July 18. The schedule is Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. The location is the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa Campus. The teacher and student application forms and other instructions are available here. Please note that it is very important to provide the e-mail addresses requested in the application form. All communications with applicants will be done using this via. The application review process will begin April 18, 2008. By the end of May, 2008 applicants will be notified of their selection. The 2008 cohort will be invited to a meeting to meet each other and the participating researchers. During this meeting teachers will also complete the necessary papers for appointments, for computer accounts, and for library passes. Information about parking will also be provided.

Please complete the 2008 REST Program Application Forms, available here. Please be sure to include your current e-mail address in your application.

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RET 2002 Program



The first internally supported RET program took place during the summer of 2002. Thirteen teachers and fourteen faculty members were involved in the program.

A point of pride regarding the 2002 program was the presentation of two articles by one of the teacher/faculty groups.
  1. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Utility Infrastructures as a Latent Image of the City,” by S. C. Kranc and Donald Morrison, accepted to be presented at the Society for Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, March 2003.


  2. “Engaging High School Teachers in Engineering Research: Our Experience,” by Donald Morrison, S. C. Kranc, and Carlos A. Smith, accepted to Frontiers in Education Conference ASEE Boulder, Colorado, Nov 2003.



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RET 2003 Program



The College hosted an RET program during the summer of 2003 that featured five weeks of research. This year the Florida High Tech Corridor Council joined the College in supporting the program.


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RET 2004 Program



The 2004 RET program consisted of five weeks of research. Twenty-one middle and high school teachers, one community college faculty and three students took part in the program. Two of the teachers and one student were from Puerto Rico. This year the Florida High Tech Corridor Council also helped the College in supporting the program. Seminars on Engineering and Computer Science ethics, and preparation of lesson plans and assessment were presented every Friday morning.


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RET 2005 Program



The 2005 RET program consisted of five weeks of research. Nineteen middle and high school teachers took part in the program. This year the Florida High Tech Corridor Council also helped the College in supporting the program. Seminars on Engineering and Computer Science ethics, and preparation of lesson plans and assessment were presented every Friday morning.


RET 2005 teachers and faculty members


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School
Faculty
Seven Spring MS, New Port Richey
Pinellas Park MS, Pinellas Park
Lakewood HS, St. Pete
Eau Gallie HS, Melbourne
Kennedy MS, Clearwater
Thomas Wightman MS, Wesley Chapel
Palm Harbor MS, Palm Harbor
Northeast HS, St. Pete
Wharton HS, Tampa
Blake HS, Tampa
Palm Harbor University HS
Rodgers MS, Riverview
Marshal MS, Plant City
Tampa Bay Technical HS
Pinellas Park MS, Pinellas Park
Bay Point MS, St. Pete
Dunedin HS, Dunedin
Sickles HS, Tampa
Dunedin HS, Dunedin



RET 2006 Program



The 2006 RET program consisted of five weeks of research. Nineteen middle and high school teachers took part in the program. This year two faculty members and a student from Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach took part in the program.


RET 2006 teachers and faculty members


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Middleton H.S.
Alonso H.S.
Bethune-Cookman College
Chamberlain H.S.
Wesley Chapel H.S.
Monroe M.S.
Bethune-Cookman College
Tampa Palm Elementary
Tampa Prep H.S.
Alonso H.S.
Gaither H.S.
Bethune-Cookman College
Pineview M.S.
Wharton H.S.



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Physical Science Physics Technology Education



Biology
Chemistry
Computers

Environmental Science
History of Technology
Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics
Technology Education



For more information contact:
Carlos A. Smith, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Dean for Academics
College of Engineering csmith@eng.usf.edu
Ph.: (813) 974-5859 Fax: (813) 974-5094
University of South Florida Tampa, FL 33620


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