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Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology

ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology

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The ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology is a donor-funded professional development program designed to help classroom teachers elevate their STEM programs through the use of wireless technology. As a part of the ARRL Education & Technology Program, several sessions are conducted each year, and the program continues to grow.Teachers Institute is filled with lectures, hands-on activities, and demonstrations to inspire teachers so they can inspire their students through the use of tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, radio science, satellite communications, Amateur Radio, radio direction finding (fox hunting), weather science, microcontrollers, and electronic sensors to their students. Teachers are provided with the equipment needed to take wireless technology to their classrooms. If you, or someone you know, would like to support ARRL's mission to elevate STEM programs in schools, click here: DONATE TODAY or contact the ARRL Development Office at (860)594-0291

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2024 Applications and Brochure

Application submission deadline is May 1, 2024 for the Summer 2024 programs and by August 31, 2024 for the October 2024 program. ALL applicants must complete the appropriate full application below. Prospective teachers for TI - 3 will be contacted directly. Click the link for the appropriate application.

TI - 1 Introduction to Wireless Technology

TI - 2 Remote Sensing and Data Analysis

***TI-3 Information Coming Soon!

Program Location Dates
TI - 2 Newington, CT

June 10 - June 14

TI -  1 Newington, CT June 17 - June 21
TI - 1 Newington, CT June 24 - June 28
TI - 1 Newington, CT July 15 - July 19
TI - 2 Newington, CT July 22 - July 26
TI - 3 Newington, CT July 29 - Aug 2 ***
TI - 1 Newington, CT Oct 7 - Oct 11

Travel and Reimbursement Guidelines

Cost: Teachers Institute opportunities are virtually free for the participants. The grant to attend a TI covers transportation, hotel, a modest per-diem to cover meals, instructional resources for the electronics, microcontroller, and robotics segments of the course, and a resource library of relevant ARRL publications. There is a $100 enrollment fee to attend Teachers Institute.

To qualify, applicants must be an active U.S. schoolteacher at an elementary, middle, high school or at a college or university, or in a leadership or enrichment instruction role in an after-school or collective homeschool program. An Amateur Radio license is NOT required for the introductory workshop (TI-1) but IS required for the advanced TI-2 program.

Graduate credits: Graduate credits are available through Fresno Pacific University upon completion of the TI-1 or TI-2 programs. These credits can be used to satisfy professional growth requirements to maintain teaching credentials. The class is self-contained and participants are expected to be able to complete all requirements during the class time. Graduate credit information may then be requested at the end of the Teachers Institute.

Professional Development Opportunity: Teachers Institute opportunities are virtually free for the participants.The grant to attend a TI Two teachers set their BOE-BOT programmable robot vehicles loose on the hallway obstacle course during the 2004 Teachers Institute.covers transportation, hotel, a modest per-diem to cover meals. Instructional resources for the electronics and microcontroller segments of the course and a resource library of relevant ARRL publications are provided to participants of the introductory Teachers Institute (TI-1). Hands-on instructional resources and equipment applicable to the topic of the advanced Teachers Institiute (TI-2) are also provided through donations to the Education & Technology Program Fund and through in-kind contributions from our industry partners. A $100 enrollment fee is required.

Review the Teachers Institute agendas linked below for more detailed information.Travel and Reimbursement Guidelines.

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NEW! Teachers Institute Brochure

"Let's Solve This."

Not too long ago ExxonMobil launched a TV ad campaign titled “Let’s Solve This” with the focus on the need for more investment in teacher training to improve US student performance. The “Let’s Solve This” campaign cites research that shows that students that are taught by teachers with a deeper understanding of the subject out-perform those students taught by less capable teachers. Therefore, “we need to invest in our teachers as a means to improved student performance.”   

There has been a resurgence and aggressive emphasis upon STEM education in response to numerous economic challenges we face from our overseas economic competitors in high technology industries. Now it is being recognized that STEM instruction needs to focus on the connection between science and mathematics and engineering and technology, rather than a more compartmentalized focus on these content areas independently. It is the teacher’s role to make these connections for students. To do so, teachers need to know the science and math content and understand the technologies in use in sufficient detail to make the connections for their students…thus, now the recognition of the core problem identified in the “Let’s Solve This” campaign. 

Several photographs from different Teachers Institute sessions. Teachers are doing radio activites inside the classroom at tables and others are using antennas outside.

The ARRL ETP has identified this problem and has been doing what we can do to address it by offering the Teachers Institute (TI) over the past 15+ years. From the first pilot TI conducted in 2004, and each year thereafter, this in-service training program supported entirely by generous philanthropic donations, continues to evolve and flourish.

The Teachers Institute is only the beginning of a participant's exploration with wireless technology. The goal of the TI program is to equip each schoolteacher with necessary foundational knowledge, and through hands-on learning, generate the inspiration for teachers to continue to explore wireless technology and adapt relevant content into their classroom instruction.

This training serves as excellent foundational preparation for schoolteachers interested in including classroom learning about radio communications and wireless technology as part of student preparation for participation in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

An instructor is helping Teachers Institute participants at a table inside ARRL headquarters.

  • Teachers Institute Agenda

    Each Teachers Institute covers a core of topics, while tailoring instruction as much as possible... Read More

    Teachers Institute Agenda

  • Meet our Instructors

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    Meet our Instructors

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