Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Watch our 2017 RET Teacher discuss her experience in the GRASP RET

The GRASP Lab will host a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) site during the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Robotics RET involves 10 math and science teachers per year from School District of Philadelphia public middle schools. Teachers spend 6+ weeks learning about and conducting research in the field of robotics while developing curriculum that can be applied in their classrooms in order to inspire and develop engineering and computer science skills in their students. Research includes pre-summer coursework in engineering research. During the summer (June 25-August 3), teachers collaborate with graduate students, faculty, and industry mentors. Work continues into the school year as graduate students and industry mentors work with teachers to implement content in the classroom. Teachers receive an $8000 stipend, $2000 worth of materials, and 66 Act 48 credits for their participation.

Funding for the RET program comes from the National Science Foundation (#1542301). 

Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

Please read the following before applying:

  • Only School District of Philadelphia (non-charter) middle school (6-8) math and science teachers may apply. General education teachers may apply if they teach math and/or science.
  • Preference will be given to pairs of teachers who apply from single schools. 
  • A resume is required
  • It is required that all participants commit to being in attendance from June 25 - August 3, 5 days per week, 40 hours per week. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to this.
  • It is also required that teachers continue participation in the program throughout the following school year
  • For more information, please read our Program Overview and Schedule


Also check out the 2016 RET teachers discuss their experience in the GRASP RET:

2016 GRASP RET Experience