This funding renews a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Site at the University of
Nevada, Reno (UNR).
The primary objective of this RET site is to
explore unique ways to engage middle and high school teachers in summer research
experiences that emphasize cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is an area of national
importance that impacts the lives of all citizens.
The teachers will spend six weeks in the
summer participating in research experiences and developing classroom modules and
materials which will be implemented in their classrooms during the academic year.
The project involves a partnership between the university, the school districts in the
surrounding Nevada counties, and local industries.
The project will develop a community of teachers who are passionate about
cybersecurity and who can translate this excitement to their students through engaging,
high-quality inquiry learning experiences. This RET Site is co-funded by the Secure and
Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program.
The project is anchored by a research area that is compelling
and exciting for
teachers and K-12 students and by faculty team that has demonstrated expertise in
research and education.
The goals of
the project are to: recruit a cohort of middle and high school teachers interested
introducing cybersecurity and computer
science topics into their classrooms; engage the recruited teachers in research
experiences with applications
in various modern day systems and security; develop instructional modules that can
incorporated into a
variety of grades/classes; to promote and disseminate the results to a large group of
middle and high school
teachers; and sustain long term
partnerships between the RET Site teacher participants, the UNR mentor team and
the university, in order to bring the
excitement of computing, problem solving and research to students and encourage them
pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related careers.
site features projects that are teacher accessible as well as connected to current
research and practice.
This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support
through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review