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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 the Virtual Workshop 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 the Virtual Workshop.
  • Attend Virtual Mandatory Presession.
  • Attend the four and a half day Summer workshop.
  • Develop an implementation plan: Due August 7
  • 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. 


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.

       Project Coordinator:

         Cindy Jones, Ph.D. in Education

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