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For K12 Educators

IoT4Ag RET Summer Program

Are you interested in a graduate education in science and engineering? If yes, then please consider attending a hands-on workshop to walk you through applying to Ph.D. programs and funding opportunities. The “Pathway to Ph.D.” (PPP) program is sponsored by The Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) Engineering Research Center, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).      

The program will take place virtually on September 10th 2022. 

Read on for more information!

Program at-a-Glance

Program dates: Summer 2022

Program location: University of Pennsylvania 

Who is eligible: Philadelphia-based K-12 teachers (STEM teachers are especially encouraged to apply)

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RET participants will receive an $8,000 stipend, along with a parking/transportation supplement for the summer and access to a $1,000 materials budget for sensor and robotics kits

RET participants are expected to commit 200 hours over eight weeks of the summer

Half of participants’ time will be spent conducting research with a Penn Engineering project in the IoT4Ag Center (e.g. sensors, robotics, energy and communication devices)

Half of participants’ time will be dedicated to training on K12 agricultural sensor and robotics kits, plus developing curriculum to use the kits in the classroom

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023 RET Program are expected to open in Spring 2023.

Please reach out to us at with any questions.

RET Participants

2022 RET Teachers

Interested in becoming a future RET participant? Reach out to us with your resume or CV at!

Robert Buckley

Locke Elementary, West Philadelphia
Host: University of Pennsylvania
PI: Cherie Kagan

Kathleen Hassey

Alliance for Progress Charter School
Host: University of Pennsylvania
PI: Vijay Kumar

Brandon Washington

Hamilton West High School / LaSalle University
Host: University of Pennsylvania
PI: Kevin Turner

Richard Jacob Zimny

JR Masterman School
Host: University of Pennsylvania
PI: Mark Allen

K12 Activities & Lesson Plans