To expand our efforts to increase the number of students from underrepresented populations entering the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Information Technology (IT) workforce, the state’s science and technology university, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has established a program to train teachers to introduce IT for students in grades seven to twelve.  The faculty, staff, and students of NJIT will work with two cohorts of secondary school teachers (Cohort 1 – summer 2007 and Cohort 2 – summer 2008) from urban, public school districts with large underrepresented student populations, to integrate into the schools’ existing curriculum the topic of medicine, robotics, and IT through the programming and design of robots using LEGO® NXT for Schools kits.

The project uses IT resources by focusing on solutions to real-world biomedical engineering problems by (1) developing curriculum units and modules that are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) and national standards such as the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NET-S) from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Standards for Technological Literacy (STL) from the International Technology Education Association (ITEA); (2) training teachers how to use these educational materials in their schools; and (3) having NJIT graduate students work with the teachers in their schools as they introduce the Medibotics materials to students.

The Center for Pre-College Programs at NJIT has over 30 years experience working with the public school systems from the local and surrounding cities, all having large underrepresented student populations. Many of these school districts have recently begun integrating robotics into their curricula as a way to apply mathematics and science knowledge to real-life problems, to engage in the process of technology, to solve problems, and to communicate ideas.  The CPCP, in collaboration with the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at NJIT, has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation for implementation of the project from February 1, 2007 to January 31, 2010 (36 months).

The Medibotics Program at NJIT

Medibotics Flyer

For More Information contact:

Ms. Levelle Burr-Alexander
Program Manager, CPCP