Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) is a collaborative venture of The Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (ERC-SOPS) and the Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) at NJIT. This 6-week program is geared towards developing teachers’ skills and knowledge of research and the subject of pharmaceutical engineering. The district encourages two teachers each year to participate in this highly competitive summer research experience.
Project Lead the Way and Project Lead the Way Gateway Program
In 2014, the district introduced Project Lead the Way (PLTW) into its catalog of high school offerings. PLTW provides a comprehensive approach to STEM Education. Through activity-, project, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in kindergarten through high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. For educators, their teacher professional development model provides tools to transform the classroom into a collaboration space where content comes to life. In September 2015, Heywood Avenue Elementary School introduced Project Lead the Way Gateway Program into its middle school curriculum, offering student two STEM-based programs of study, Design and Modeling (where students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives) and the Magic of Electrons (where students explore basic circuitry design, and examine the impact of electricity on the world around them). The district’s aim is to expand PLTW offerings across all schools and all grade levels.