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Encouraging Students Towards STEM & IT Careers
Special Event for NJ Guidance Counselors

The focus of this event, held on April 1, 2008, was to prepare guidance counselors, with both a big picture view of the economic imperative to produce more STEM graduates, as well as with some specific examples and strategies that illustrate pathways for women and underrepresented groups to participate in engineering, science and information technology careers. Over 60 middle school and high school guidance counselors attended the event. To see the agenda and to download the PPT visit:

This event is a component of a major National Science Foundation Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant that CIESE is implementing. For more information on the ITEST grant, please view the below information.


School- and District-Based Professional Development Programs

Workshops are available for elementary, middle, and secondary educators. Please visit the Curriculum Page for an overview of engineering curricula we are currently supporting, and call 201-216-5375 or email for more information.


BUILD IT!  -  Using Underwater Robotic Vehicles to Build Information Technology and Pre-Engineering Skills


This is a three-year research project, (9/06 - 8/09), sponsored by the National Science Foundation's ITEST (Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) program. The ITEST program is designed to increase opportunities for students and teachers to learn about, experience, and use information technologies within the context of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.

BUILD IT! will provide 2,625 students from socioeconomically and racially diverse middle and high schools throughout New Jersey with intensive, three-week, in-class IT experiences in the design, construction, and programming of underwater robotic vehicles using LEGO robotics and related programming software. This will help to embed a motivating robotics project into the participating schools' IT and STEM education improvement efforts and highlight the many real world applications of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). It will also provide advanced IT and pre-engineering summer experiences to 140 students, and a series of one-day campus IT symposia and mentoring experiences for 350 students. Seventy-two teachers will receive 144 hours of professional development and in-class support to prepare them to effectively implement these activities.

The districts participating in this National Science Foundation-sponsored program are: Alpine, Bayonne , Bridgewater-Raritan, Cape May County , Cranford, Great Meadows Reg., Harrison, Hoboken , Jersey City , Lincoln Park , Monmouth County Voc. , Newark, New Brunswick, Passaic, Passaic County, Red Bank, Tenafly, Vernon , Washington Township, Watchung, Westfield , and two New Jersey private schools and one school from  New York .

For more information, please visit:

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering