Fifteen teaching residents were tinkering at Design Lab today as part of a program called MASTER – Math and Science Teacher Residency Program. MASTER is a collaboration between NYSCI, Hunter College, and New Visions for Public Schools and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The two-year program trains high school math and science teaching candidates in hands-on classroom experiences that ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

By experimenting with Design Lab activities, the teacher residents will see, first hand, how the design and engineering process can help students learn STEM concepts. They will then use the Design Lab activities to think about possible lessons and learning activities that can be created for classroom use. The two-year MASTER program also includes coursework, training for interpreting and monitoring data, and community engagement. Once certified, the 15 teacher residents will be placed in schools throughout New York City.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1238157.