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UD K-12 Engineering offers varied means of promoting research to the K-12 community. Depending on who you would like to work with, what you feel your strengths are, and where you’d like to share your legacy, we feel certain that there is an opportunity for you.


Let’s get started. Tell us about your interests.

Working with

Creating informed, connected and current teachers is the goal of our opportunities. In fact, the value of a good teacher can increase the lifetime incomes of their students by $250,000 (Chetty, Freidman and Rockoff, 2011). A teacher participant in one of our programs often connects with us in our other events, tells parents about our events, or brings their students to visit. This model of encompassing outreach is critical in ensuring that students are surrounded with support for learning about and studying engineering. Our pipeline demands it.

What sounds interesting to you?

Research Experience for Teachers - RET

The Lending Library Model of Research Experience for Teachers

When teachers come to observe and participate in engineering research they gain valuable experience and insight that they can share with their own students. When they come and produce a learning module, that is based on the research and is articulated with state and national science teaching standards, to be housed in our Lending Library, their knowledge and yours can be shared with teachers throughout the state. That means that your impact is broader.

Amount of time
Teachers generally spend two weeks in your lab and three to four weeks to develop the module.
They are expected to work as full-time employees.

What you do
Provide a project on which the teachers can work, with supervision (you, a graduate student or highly qualified undergraduate).
Be available to answer questions, give guidance and consult on the technical aspects of the module.
Provide space for them to house their personal materials and a space in which to work.

What we do
We provide weekly pedagogical sessions, during lunch, that help the teachers to develop the modules.
We recruit teachers for you, making every effort to provide you with the type of teacher best suited to work in your lab.
Provide an educational expert to consult on the design of your module, ensuring the modules success and impact.

Want more information?
Complete the interest form (tab to the left) or contact mjurist@udel.edu.

Engineering-based Competitions
Creating and Hosting a Competition

Research shows that students remember competitions; they remember the knowledge and the experience they gained participating and the people with whom they worked. Competitions provide problem-based learning scenarios that provide great learning opportunities.

Amount of time
You will need to spend approximately one week (7 full days) planning the event, detailing the rules of the event and staging the competition.

What you do

  • Provide a project or concept on which the competition can be centered.
  • Be available to answer questions, give guidance and consult on the technical aspects of the competition.
  • Provide space for the competition.
  • Provide graduate or undergraduates to assist on the day of the event.
  • Provide graduate or undergraduate assistants to enter data from the evaluation.
  • Pay for refreshments for the event.
  • Pay for prizes for the event.

What we do

  • We recruit students for you, making every effort to provide you with students best suited to your event.
  • We will assist in content development for the event.
  • We provide event day support and planning assistance.
  • We will design and implement an appropriate evaluation.
Engineering Concepts for Teachers - Teacher Training
Engineering Concepts for Teachers Conference

Amount of time
Teachers spend one to three days (9AM-3PM) in the conference. You can expect to take approximately 10 days to plan the event and implement it. You may run one to three days of the conference.

What you do

  • Provide content to be implemented during the conference
  • Be available to answer questions, give guidance and consult on the technical aspects of the conference.
  • Provide space for conference (usually ECalc or similar).
  • Pay for food for the conference.
  • Pay for evaluation time and administrative assistance time.
  • Enter data from the evaluation.

What we do

  • We provide planning and implementation assistance
  • We recruit teachers for you, making every effort to provide you with the type of teacher best suited for the conference.
  • Provide an educational expert to assist the teachers in the conference.
  • Design a pre- and post-survey for your use.

Working with
High School Students

Whether you’d like to personally mentor a high school student or participate in our Explore Engineering Camp, your contact and support of high school learning and excitement about engineering will have great impact.

What sounds interesting to you?

  • Hosting a high school club
  • Welcoming a high school student to your lab in our highly competitive High School Summer Internship Program
  • Providing content for school visitations at a local school/visiting a local school
  • Developing content for our Explore Engineering Camp for 7th – 10th graders

Working with
Middle School Students

Middle school is a critical decision point for many students. They are discovering their skills, talents, and interests. Working with middle school students is reaching and informing students at, possibly, the most important juncture in their educational careers.

Working with
Elementary School Students

Impacting a young mind, when concepts are beginning to form, is powerful. Elementary students come to engineering with excitement and wonder. Activities for these students are often developed to “plant a seed” of knowledge that will grow with time.

What sounds appealing to you?

  • Designing content for Spring Break Camp
  • Providing content for a Family Friday Event
  • Hosting a specialized mini-camp
  • Visiting a school to talk about what you do and how you do it
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