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Engineering Summer Program for Teachers

The ESP4T 2021 is a virtual, weeklong professional development workshop focusing on the use of Physical Computing as a teaching tool to engage K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

ESP4T 2021 Information 

ESP4T 2021 will be conducted virtually. 


ESP4T 2021 Online Workshop:

Required Individual Learning: Individual self-paced "Learn to program using C/C++ and Python" prior to Mandatory Workshop PreSession at

Virtual Mandatory Presession Dates: June 28th and 29th, 2021 - 5 Hrs./day

Virtual Workshop Session I: July 12th - 15th, 2021 (8:30AM-4:00PM) & July 16th (7:30-9:00AM)

Virtual Workshop Session II: July 19th-22nd, 2021 (8:30AM-4:30PM) & July 23rd (7:30-9:00AM)

Workshop Participant Information:

  • Participants will receive a stipend as well as either UW credit or PTSB credit.
  • The stipend for ESP4T 2021 is $1200 total, split up as $800 for the workshop and all required presessions/activities. The $400 stipend will be given after submitting the final project.
  • Applications will be accepted starting in January, 2021. 

Participant Eligibility:

  • This year, priority acceptance will be granted to Wyoming K-12 teachers who have not previously atteneded ESP4T as well as teams of teachers from the same district. 
  • Previous participants are encouraged to apply.

Workshop Participant Expectations:

  • Complete individual self-paced "Learn to program using C/C++ and Python" prior to Mandatory Workshop PreSession.
  • Attend Virtual Mandatory Presession.
  • Attend the four and a half day Summer workshop.
  • Implement a lesson plan developed during the summer session, submit a final report, and present to your school peers and administration about the ESP4T lesson implementation
  • Windows 10 Desktops/Laptops are required to participate in the workshop.
  • Only Wyoming K-12 teachers can borrow laptops for the workshop.

Workshop Participants will receive the following items:

  • UW credit or PTSB credit on successful completion of program expectations.
  • Stipend 1: Participants who attend the summer workshop and meet all preworkshop requirements will receive $800. 
  • Stipend 2: $400 will be awarded to those participants who implement lesson plans developed during the summer session, submit a final report, and present the ESP4T lesson implementation to your school peers and administration
  • Materials: Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits and the necessary sensors will be shipped by June 15, 2021. 

ESP4T 2021 Applications are now closed.

Thank you to all that applied. We have more applicants than available spots this year. You will be notified soon if you have been accepted. If not, you will be put on a wait list. We appreciate your interest in our program. 

Workshop Instructors:

UW Faculty:

  • Suresh Muknahallipatna, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Robert F. Kubichek, Associate Professor, Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jeffrey R. Anderson, Associate Academic Professional Lecturer

Teacher Mentors:

  • Katie Mitchell, BS in Elementary Education from UW, MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in math, Anderson Elementary School, Cheyenne, Wyoming. 
  • Cindy Amundson BS Zoology-Physiology/BA Elementary Education/MA Teaching and Learning Elementary/Computer Coding, West Elementary, Wheatland, Wyoming
  • Gary Duquette, BS Mathematics, M.A.Ed, 9-12 Mathematics/Engineering Teacher, Jackson Hole High School, Wyoming.
  • Leah Ritz, A. in Geography and Environmental Science, Macalester College, M.S. in Natural Science and Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming, Certificate in Maker Education, Sonoma University.

 Cindy Jones, Project Coordinator, Senior,

ESP4T 2020 Information

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