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STEP-UP Program

Summer Teacher Experience Program, Utilizing Physics/Engineering (STEP-UP)

STEP-UP Teachers

Sponsored by the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) to provide an eight-week research experience to metro Atlanta high school physics/math teachers.

The program has been serving local physics/engineering teachers for years and was established in 2004 with funds from the National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Teachers program. Participants are expected to fully attend all components of the program. A summer stipend of $6,400 will be provided to each participant. Enrollment in this program is limited to a maximum of 6 physics/engineering teachers from metro Atlanta area high schools. Participants get unique opportunities to:

  • learn applications of modern physics/engineering concepts to microelectronics that are relatable to high school students; 
  • work in state-of-the-art research laboratories; 
  • prepare research-based curriculum materials for their classes; and 
  • participate in professional development workshops and outreach activities during the academic year.


Please note: The STEP-UP Summer 2021 program has been canceled due to COVID-19.


View lesson plans developed by past participants.

View research projects presented by past participants.

STEP-UP is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Last revised January 19, 2021