CASFER strives to create the next generation of NCE engineers and STEM leaders. One of the ways we are establishing future engineers is through our Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program which provides teachers with the materials and training to jumpstart students interest in engineering in K-12 classrooms.
The National Science Foundation states that the purpose of RET programs is to support "the active involvement of K-12 teachers and community college faculty in engineering research in order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers; community college faculty; and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers in engineering research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge of engineering into classroom activities. Partnerships with inner-city schools or other high-need schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities."
We seek to create RET programs throughout the country that impact a variety of students and teachers, and help the communities that support CASFER.