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Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

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an IBP member program

Academic Level:
K-12 Educators
Faculty & Administrators


K-12 teachers and community college instructors in scientific disciplines interested in increasing their knowledge of scientific research and bringing to their classrooms advanced information about optics, electronics, physics, materials science, or engineering.

Dates & Duration

ROKET is a 6-week summer program, but specific dates vary by institution. The participating institutions are:

- University of Arizona, Tucson

- University of California, San Diego

- Caltech Institute of Technology, Pasadena


Participants accepted into the ROKET program will receive a budget of $1,500 upon full completion of the program to execute the lesson plans they developed during the program. In addition, laboratory resources from the University, visiting lecturers, and on-going collaborations are available to support teaching sophisticated technology concepts to K-12 and community college students. After the summer program concludes, travel funding is available to disseminate your original lesson plan and network at professional educator conferences.

Application Deadline: 12/4/2018
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of Arizona (Lead)
Columbia University
Norfolk State University
Tuskegee University
University of California, San Diego

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Computer Sciences
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Optics & Photonics
STEM Fields

Materials Lifetime Science & Engineering
Optical Engineering

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 9/25/2017
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