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Projects and Initiatives

Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering

The School of Engineering is pleased to invite applications for our newest K-12 STEM education program, Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE). This selective program is for academically strong, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

This seven week program includes: college level coursework, a high level research experience in one of several the School of Engineering faculty labs, and mentoring in that placement by a graduate or postdoctoral student. In the coursework, students will be introduced to engineering concepts and principles, the scientific method and ethics, research practices and lab safety.

Learn more about ARISE


Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative

The School of Engineering's Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative (CBSI) pairs teachers from Brooklyn public schools with graduate student fellows from the School of Engineering's engineering, chemical and biological science programs to design dynamic, hands-on classroom lessons in a variety of STEM disciplines. Graduate fellows co-teach in classrooms and coach robotics teams, spending about 10 hours a week in schools throughout the academic year.

Currently in 23 schools, this program combines funding from the National Science Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation and other supporters and serves nearly 2,000 students and 40 teachers.


College Preparation and Readiness for STEM

Our College Preparation and Readiness for STEM partnership with the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women is a model collaboration designed and run by the Center for K-12 STEM Education. This partnership will begin its second three-year cycle in July 2012 with continued support from the Teagle Foundation.
Young women in grades six through twelve who attend the UAI receive intensive tutoring and mentoring services from the School of Engineering students; UAI teachers benefit from extensive professional development opportunities through the School of Engineering faculty; and a growing number of students in the UAI high school take structured, custom-designed, college-level classes in engineering, math and other disciplines at our Brooklyn campus.


The CrEST program emphasizes hands-on, lab-based demonstrations, experiments, and projects that offer important learning experiences related to circuitry, electronics, mechanical systems, physical computing, robotics and other STEM disciplines. The CrEST program was designed by the School of Engineering's Center for K-12 STEM Education, and the curriculum is adapted from courses taught at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) by Dustyn Roberts, a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering.



The Center is FIRST’s New York City partner. With this national organization, the School of Engineering supports its robotics competitions throughout the five boroughs serving thousands of students and the mentors and teachers that work with young people on their teams.

With programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels, the School of Engineering and FIRST are working together to expand opportunities for on-going student participation, greater access to the program for schools, teachers and students, and to create new pathways to train coaches in robotics and equip them to better teach the underlying engineering, physics, math and computer science that create robotic devices.

Learn more about NYCFIRST and its national arm


Science of Smart Cities

A project of the School of Engineering's Center for K12 STEM Education, Science of Smart Cities, introduces middle school students to engineering, science and technology that make cities more livable, efficient, sustainable and safer. Hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments integrate STEM concepts, showing how those are applied through engineering and technology to the systems and infrastructure in cities today, and how they might be applied in cities in the future.

Based on a custom curriculum designed by two the School of Engineering engineering and mathematics students and a student from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, this activity-based, engaging summer experience will teach the underlying scientific and engineering concepts and principles that will drive how cities meet challenges like energy use and transportation to create sustainable urban centers.

National Recognition and Contributions


Recognizing the School of Engineering's successful experience in teaching advanced STEM content knowledge and hands-on research experiences to K-12 teachers, the School of Engineering was competitively selected to participate in a national initiative to better prepare STEM teachers. 100Kin10 seeks to train or retain 100,000 high-quality STEM teachers over the next ten years.

The School of Engineering and NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education are collaborating to respond to this critical national call for innovations in STEM teacher preparation programs that will transform K-12 student performance in STEM disciplines. 100Kin10 represents a unique opportunity for the two NYU institutions to integrate successful program elements, design new initiatives for pre-service and in-service teachers to acquire advanced STEM content knowledge, and change the ways in which STEM education happens in classrooms and schools with an emphasis on inquiry, the scientific method, and activity based techniques, projects and demonstrations that are known to engage students and lead to greater mastery of STEM subjects.

Partnering for Excellence

The School of Engineering also won recognition for its K-12 STEM education work through its selection as a participant in Partnering for Excellence. Thirty-four colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations with programs that meaningfully involve STEM professionals in K-12 STEM education come together in this initiative to share knowledge and designs that will establish a strong framework for involving STEM professionals from industry, academia and other sectors in long-term, part-time engagements with schools, teachers and students.