Columbia University's Engineering School
Research Experience for Teachers Program

2013 Program Participants
Program Alumni
Advisory Committee
Lesson Plans
Videotaped Lectures
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant award #1201060

The primary aim of Forming, Advancing and Sustaining Teacher-Engineer Relationships (FASTER) is to provide New York metropolitan area K-12 science teachers with sustained hands-on experience in engineering research so they can better understand the practice of engineering, better transmit to their students and fellow teachers a feeling for its practice.  The program serves four major purposes:


    Teachers participate in an informal seminar on a topic of broad general interest led by Columbia faculty or a speaker from another of New York’s science-rich institutions

    Teachers describe their research to one another at regularly scheduled oral presentations or poster sessions

    Teachers discuss common problems and exchange ideas on what works in the classroom

    Second-year participants provide guidance to their first-year colleagues.

FASTER was founded in 2012 by Raimondo Betti, Chairman of Civil Engineering in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Program is administered on a daily basis by Jay Dubner, Program Coordinator.


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