Summer Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary STEM Teachers and Community College Faculty

You are invited to apply to attend a two-week summer workshop (July 13th – July 24th)  for Secondary STEM Teachers and/or Community College faculty.  The workshop will introduce participants to the High-Tech Tools and Toys course being offered at Northeastern University and provide participants guidance and support to implement the course and/or course components in their respective institutions.

This workshop was offered several years ago and led to replication of this course at several Massachusetts Community Colleges.

The High-Tech Tools and Toys Laboratory ( ) is a discovery-based educational laboratory. The High Tech Tools and Toys (HTT&T) laboratories engage students in hands-on learning activities using state-of-the-art technology products. The laboratory creates an exciting problem-solving environment where engineering skills including programing, data analysis, real-time instrument control and project planning are mastered.

Faculty at the High-Tech Tools and Toys Laboratory (HTT&TL) at Northeastern University teach programming and engineering concepts to freshmen through hands-on experience with test and measurement instrumentation. Created by Professors Stephen McKnight and Gilead Tadmor of Northeastern University and Professor E. Carr Everback of Swarthmore College, the lab uses MATLAB®, Data Acquisition Toolbox™, and Instrument Control Toolbox™ as the platform for conducting experiments and analyzing results. The lab is the foundation for the required freshman engineering course Engineering Problem-Solving and Computation.

“The lab offers an excellent introduction to programming concepts that are often troublesome for the beginner,” comments McKnight. “By using MATLAB as the programming environment and providing opportunities for hands-on learning, we are enhancing the students’ ability to succeed.”

Former workshop participants have found this course model ideally suited to implementation within Community Colleges.  We are interested in supporting further implementation in secondary classrooms.”

The summer program will be led under the direction of course co-creator, Professor Stephen McKnight.

Program participants will be provided a stipend of $1,000 per week for their participation in the program. 

If you are interested and believe your institution would be supportive of you implementing components of this course model,

please complete the application available @


Please forward your resume and a letter of support from your Dean/Principal and/or Department Head to my attention at the address below.

Claire J. Duggan