Welcome to MAST!
The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is a professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels. MAST is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and acts as your representative on national and state policies concerning science education.
This School Year: MAST Webinar Series!
Dear MAST Members,
Due to the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 world in which we find ourselves, the MAST Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to not hold our annual, face-to-face conference in November. However, we are still committed to providing quality professional development opportunities for our members. To help achieve this, MAST is running a webinar series during this 2020-21 school year.
All webinars are free to MAST members! Be well and please stay tuned for registration details on these and future MAST webinar offerings!
MAST Board of Directors
MAST Proudly Presents:
“The Great Outdoors” Webinar Series
Featuring Becky Schnekser
February 10, 2021 7-8 p.m.
Becky Schnekser, K-5 Science Educator Explorer, Virginia Beach, VA
Pandemic or not, the outdoors has untapped opportunity for learners of all ages, particularly elementary. Whether you solely teach science, all primary subjects, or any combination, the outdoors can be the perfect space for you and your learners. Educators currently find themselves in person with stringent and necessary safety protocols, fully remote, or even in hybrid models--but outdoor education doesn’t have to stop or wait--let’s investigate together how to start, continue, or enhance your use of the outdoors.
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MAST Statement on Social Justice
“Interrupting racism takes courage and intentionality; the interruption is by definition not passive or complacent. So in answer to the question “Where do we go from here”,” I offer that we must never consider ourselves finished with our learning.”
In response to the tragic events that took place in Minneapolis and across our country, NSTA has released an official statement on Social Justice and Science Education. As the state chapter of NSTA, the MAST Board of Directors also acknowledges the need to do more to live up to our guiding principles of embracing diversity and equity. We, too, are committed to increasing our focus on dismantling systemic racism in the work we do with teachers and in the science education that we provide to our students.
If you would like to help MAST with these initiatives, please let us know. For those interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Congratulations to our Spring 2020 Grant Winners!
The Board of Directors voted at its June meeting to make the following awards:
The 2020 Elaine Adams Professional Development Awardee is Alexander Eden of the Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough. Alexander will use the $500 award to register for the Wade Institute's Professional Development Institute: Science, Technology, and a Changing Environment: Measuring Change to Predict the Future. Alexander’s goal is to increase his capacity to help students make connections between the outdoors and STEM.
The 2020 Grants for Educating Teachers (GET) Awards have been awarded to the following educators:
2019 Awards Banquet
Congratulations to the new Science Hall of Fame Inductees
The Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators is pleased to announce that three science educators were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a breakfast ceremony sponsored by the Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association on October 25, 2019. The new inductees are:
William Bobrowsky, Franklin High School,
Francis Anthony DiLuna, Billerica Public Schools, and
Dr. John Kudukey, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
These inductees will also be honored at the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers' Awards Banquet on Dec. 6, 2019 at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. To register for the awards banquet go to our registration website.The Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 and has recognized 126 members. Each member has had a long and distinguished career in science education in Massachusetts. The Hall of Fame is permanently housed at Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association
Science Matters in Massachusetts
Science Matters is a public awareness campaign by the National Science Teachers Association. The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) will work to share science opportunities throughout Massachusetts. This is a newsletter sent out by email on the 1st and 15th of each month. If you have an opportunity to share please email it to Dr. Betsey Clifford:
View the 2016 adopted revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards: