Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Getting the Message: Communication Systems and Their Applications in Technologies

Monday, January 23, 2017 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


With new Massachusetts Science Standards, educators must address especially complex physical science concepts.

They need resources to enhance their own understandings as well as age-appropriate instructional strategies to support student learning. The teachers and engineers at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center have been developing STEM course material and teacher resources since the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Standards began. The results of this work have energized and inspired teachers and students alike. Our innovative lessons, designed around highly-engaging activities, were developed through a partnership of engineers and teachers. This professional development program has been designed with the same collaborative approach.


Through practice, discussion and exploration of the CMMC Museum’s historical artifacts and displays, teachers will become more attuned to the intricacies of a wide variety of communication systems. Participants will:

• Refine understanding of the parts of communication systems.

• Apply understandings to dozens of authentic communication systems, past and present, on display in the museum,


o Marconi's trans-Atlantic wireless system

o Ship-to-shore radio

o Three types of shark tagging systems

• Analyze museum exhibits and utilize CMMC’s custom system-analysis template to examine the components of any communication system.


The workshop is aligned with the Next Generation Standards of the National Academy of Science (NAS) and the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards.

Intended Audience

This program is designed for middle school teachers responsible for MA STEM Science Standards. Please contact for information about programs for other grade levels.

Program Bonus 

Participants receive access to the CMMC database of Communications Engineering and Design lessons and the

content support of our online “Ask an Engineer” resource.

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