Hk Maker Lab – Professional Development and Curriculum Design For High School STEM Teachers

Application is now open

Application Deadline: Rolling

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What is the Hk Maker Lab? The Hk Maker Lab is an NIH and Pinkerton Foundation-funded initiative to expand engineering design education in New York City high schools. The core of Hk Maker Lab is an annual six-week summer program which brings 24 high school students to Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to learn about the engineering design process and apply it to real-world problems.

A major goal of the Hk Maker Lab is to help create and disseminate high-quality engineering design-based STEM curricula for high school students. To do this, we are looking to form lasting partnerships with passionate secondary math and science teachers in New York City who want to introduce engineering into their school’s STEM offerings. Accepted teachers will join us during the summer program and participate in a co-learning environment where they will be introduced to the engineering design process in coordination with our students. During this time, the teachers will work together with Hk Maker Lab educators to create their own high school engineering design curricula. Hk Maker Lab will provide pedagogical and material support during the 2019-2020 academic year to help teachers as they implement engineering design-centric coursework at their schools.

Program Goals

To expand the presence of engineering design in high school education and assess the impact of engineering coursework on student outcomes, we aim to:

  • Enhance secondary teachers understanding of the engineering design process and excite them about introducing engineering into high school-level STEM education.

  • Create engineering design-centric courses and/or modules that can be enacted in teachers’ high schools.

  • Assess the benefits of engineering design education for high school students. The Hk Maker Lab has IRB approval from the NYC DoE to assess the effects of these programs on high school students and teachers (NYCDOE IRB, File # 1420).

Participation Benefits

Hk Maker Lab seeks to build lasting partnerships with schools and educators. We offer support well beyond the summer of 2019, to ensure that our partners successfully introduce engineering design to their students. Benefits include:

  • Observe first-hand how engineering design instruction can be imparted to high school students.

  • Develop an understanding of the engineering design process through hands-on learning.

  • Enhance technical and laboratory skills.

  • Create engineering-based curricular materials to take back to the classroom.

  • Access to full offering of Hk Maker digital support materials, including lectures, videos, procedures, and more.

  • Instructional and assessment support from Hk Maker Lab during course implementation.

  • Summer stipend

  • Financial support for materials during the following school year

Program Schedule

All applications should carefully review the following dates and information to ensure that they are willing and able to attend all sessions (which take place at Columbia University’s Morningside Campus). Virtual workshops will be hosted online and will be scheduled in coordination with accepted applicants.

  • One virtual workshop for an introduction to the engineering design process. This workshop is expected to last for 30 – 90 minutes. July 1-July 16 (specific date TBD).

  • Hk Maker Lab summer program – classroom and laboratory work. July 15-August 22, Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm.

  • Hk Maker Lab summer program – curriculum development workshops. July 16-August 24, Fridays 10am-4pm.

Eligibility and Application Process

Applicants will be selected based on their teaching ability, interest in engineering education, and their administrative support.

Eligibility Requirements

  • High school math, science, or engineering teacher in New York City

  • Written endorsement from school’s principal

  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing engineering design coursework in school

Application Checklist

Follow the link below to access our online application. Teachers who are interested in the program or who have any questions regarding the application should contact