STEM Education at CIESE

The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) was founded in 1988 to improve K-12 science and mathematics education through the use of technology. Drawing upon Stevens' years of experience as the first college in the country to require students to own a computer (1982), early CIESE programs utilized mathematics 'tool' software for exploration of mathematical concepts.

Today, CIESE's enhanced mission is to catalyze and support excellence in teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and other core subjects through innovative, research-based instructional strategies and use of novel technologies.

CIESE collaborates with K-12 and university educators, researchers, policymakers and educational organizations to develop curriculum materials, conduct professional development programs, and research new methodologies to strengthen STEM education.sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet. We focus on projects that utilize real time data available from the Internet, and collaborative projects that utilize the Internet's potential to reach peers and experts around the world.

K-12 Education Curriculum

Below is a catalog of projects that are currently being or have been sponsored by CIESE. Each project has a brief description and links to the National Science Standards and NCTM math standards it supports.

Learn first-hand what it means to be a scientist or an engineer

In the Stevens ECOES (Exploring Career Options in Engineering and Science) Program, students live on campus for two weeks in the summer and participate in hands-on research competitions, site visits to major companies, and enjoy the sights and sounds one of the greatest cultural centers in the world: New York City.

The ECOES program dates are as follows:

Session 1- Sunday, July 10th- Friday, July 22nd

Session 2- Sunday, July 24th- Friday, August 5th

Program Highlights

Experience dynamic, hands-on laboratory projects.

Be a part of a team and work on an engineering design or science project. 

LEGO Mindstorm Robotics Competition

Bioluminescence (Chemical Biology)

Truss Construction Competition

Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning   

Students visit local Fortune 500 companies and get an inside view of how scientists and engineers work. Past field visits have included Merck, New Jersey Transit, Picatinny Arsenal, UPS, Becton Dickinson, and BAE Systems. Professional scientists and engineers, as well as Stevens students who will share their experiences. Participants make new friends and get a taste of college life!               

Academic Curriculum

The program centers around an engineering design project and your work in the labs. Participants will work with members of Stevens world-renowned faculty to explore a number of different areas, including:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Naval Engineering
  • Physics (Optics)
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Music and Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Chemical Biology

Hands-on lab experiences offer students new insights into these disciplines and help them sharpen their leadership skills. Many social activities are also planned. In the past, the program has included visits to Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Museum of Natural History, Liberty Science Center, and Yankee Stadium.