Rutgers University Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering in Green Energy Technology

The goals of Rutgers University Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (RU RET-E; pronounced “Are you ready?”) are to: (1) engage K-12 math and science teachers in innovative “green” engineering research during the summer, and (2) support teachers as they integrate their research experiences into their academic year classrooms. The overarching theme of the research projects is "Green Technology" with a focus on engaging our community in understanding and contributing to the Green Revolution from an engineering perspective.  To read about the lessons prepared as part of the RU RET E program .

A summary of RU RET-E components is provided below.

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RU RET-E Summary

  • In-service math and science teachers applying as a pair, engaging in the same research as a team, and developing classroom lessons based on their summer research experience that cross the boundaries of the mathematics and science classrooms. In this way, basic concepts can be reinforced in both classrooms. Teachers will receive a substantial stipend for the six-week summer experience and an additional stipend for time during the academic year (dates are flexible).

  • A pre-service math or science teacher will be matched with a pair of in-service mathematics and science team to engage in research and lesson development. Pre-service teachers will receive a stipend,

  • 80% of fellows’ summer time will be spent in the lab. Fellows will be assisted by faculty and graduate students. The remaining time will be allotted to a variety of professional development activities; such as, a weekly journal club where papers from relevant scientific and education literature will be discussed and several training sessions on how to use special engineering equipment.

  • A mid-summer symposium will provide fellows to showcase their work-in-progress and present dilemmas for the group to discuss and brainstorm solutions.

  • Fellows will present their work at an end-of-summer symposium. Administrators from the fellows’ school districts, the SoE community, family, and friends will be invited to the symposium.

  • Periodically throughout the summer, fellows will work with Education faculty to develop classroom lessons. Lessons will outline objectives, materials, previous knowledge, and links to State educational Standards.

  • RU RET-E will support fellows during the academic year to include discussing their RET summer experience and sharing their classroom lesson with colleagues, implementing lesson in the classroom (stipend for materials), revising lessons as needed, posting lessons on-line to be widely disseminated, and presenting at regional conferences. Journal Club activities will continue throughout the academic year via electronic journaling.


  • Rutgers is proud to offer a series of Standards-Linked Engineering Education for K-12 (SLEEK) workshops for master teachers and RU RET-E alumni. Please visit our website for a list of available workshops (updated as new workshops become available).
  • Thirty teachers participated in the 2011 and 2012 summer programs. For information on the research projects and resulting lessons, please visit our site:
  • Attend a STEM teachers workshop at Rutgers for professional development credit on December 5, 2015.  Register


RU RET-E is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant EEC-1009797. The material presented here is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of the National Science Foundation.