Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Monday, December 03, 2018 6:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Acera School — a K-8 STEM school in Winchester — is hosting a “Teachers as Change Agents” workshop series on a new, NGSS-alligned gene editing curriculum using CRISPR technology. More details are available in the attached flyer. We are very excited to offer this free resource to area science teachers. Please contact my colleague Joshua Schuler at

  • Monday, December 03, 2018 6:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event Name: Learning to Think About Ecosystems using the NGSS Crosscutting Themes

    Presented by: Tina Grotzer, Principal Research Scientist in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

    Location: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Longfellow Hall, Cambridge, MA

    Date: December 13, 2018 4:30PM to 6:00PM

    Registration Cost: $30, scholarships and group discounts available.

    Event Description

    Helping students to learn about ecosystems presents many challenges. There are several embedded science concepts and new vocabulary to master, and the complex causal dynamics are often hard to understand. Additionally, trying to teach ecosystems concepts and dynamics in the classroom often results in reducing their authenticity and complexity. In this workshop, educators will explore how using a technology-based curriculum, EcoXPT, to teach complex causal dynamics within ecosystems helps students learn how to think about the features of environmental problems. This learning can transfer broadly to other complex science problems such as climate change or evolution, and the "thinking moves" students learn are widely applicable in science, math, and many other disciplines. While complex causal reasoning is present in the curricula across disciplines and ages of learners, this workshop will best support educators working in grades 5 through 10.  To learn more and register, click here:

    Leyla Omeragic

    Project Assistant

    Project Zero | Harvard Graduate School of Education

    13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138


    Phone: 617-495-4342

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Win a Grant of $1,000 When You Show Us How You Use Social Media in the Classroom

    The Question: How are you using social media to enhance the learning experiences of your students?

    There is so much opportunity for learning using social media. We can connect with others around the world to communicate and share perspectives more than ever before, and with that comes the added concerns of credibility.

    What social media channels have you used to enhance your students’ learning environment? What have you taught your students regarding using social media for sharing information?

    Submission Requirements

    Essays must be:

    ·       Written in English

    ·       3 pages, single spaced

    ·       1,000 words, maximum

    Videos must be:

    ·       In English

    ·       2-3 minutes long

    All essays and videos must be submitted online using the submission form linked below.

    How to Enter

    Enter one of two ways:

    1.    Write a 3-page, 800 to 1000 word essay.

    2.    Create a 2-3-minute video in English.

    Submit through the online form, uploading your essay or video in the appropriate format.

    Whichever method you choose, make sure to tell us the ways in which you use social media to enhance the learning experience of your classroom.

    Two winners will be chosen and receive a prize of $1,000 each to use in their classrooms. Maybe you’d like to bring a professional speaker in to teach about the values of social media. Perhaps you’d like to purchase a laptop for the class – or maybe a couple of tablets or a projector? As long as it advances studies in your classroom, it’s eligible for this grant.

    Judging Criteria

    Again, just:

    ·       Write a 3-page, 800 to 1000 word essay or create a 2-3 minute video explaining how you’re using social media to enhance the learning experiences of your students.

    ·       Fill out the submission form on this page by 11:59 pm EST on December 3rd, 2018. ENTRIES SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.

    ·       Check back in with us. The two winners will receive $1,000 each and must use these funds to purchase services or technology that aids in informing or building social media use in their classrooms. We’ll notify the winners by email and phone on or after December 7th, 2018.

    Submission Deadline

    Fill out the submission form no later than 11:59 pm EST on December 3, 2018. Late submissions will not be eligible to win.

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2018) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

    Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

    Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2019 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis.

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You are invited to a three-day professional development workshop funded by the National Science Foundation to learn how advanced learning technologies can be used to empower authentic scientific inquiry and engineering design in your classroom. You will have the opportunity to work at the human-technology frontier and get firsthand experience with powerful science and engineering apps that we have been developing. Complete details at this website.

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 7:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Maria Mitchell Association will be hosting a women in STEM conference at Babson Executive Conference Center this October, in part to celebrate the birth of Maria Mitchell 200 years ago. A great slate of keynotes and panelists including Dava Sobel, Jill Tarter, Shirley Malcom and Meg Urry. Sponsors include Mt. Holyoke College, Vassar College, Dana-Farber, and many more. Here is a link to the flyer.

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 7:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    South Shore Natural Science Center is hosting a two week teacher workshop this summer for grade 3-5 teachers.  It is a completely free, grant-funded professional development opportunity that also will be providing a stipend, a hands-on teaching kit, and over 65 hours of PD.  We are still trying to get the word out about it and I was wondering if your connection through MAST would be willing to promote it.  Here is a link to the website where the application is available:

  • Monday, June 11, 2018 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to invite you to attend Boston University Photonics Center’s National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers in Integrated Nanomanufacturing Curriculum Showcase on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The showcase will be held at the Boston University Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St, Room 906, Boston, MA 02215. Several of our RET participants, from local area schools, will showcase their integration of RET developed case study curriculum in both middle and high school classrooms. We encourage teachers, administrators, STEM Community Leaders, school district officials, and science leads to join us for an exciting and informative event.

    To participate and ensure there is a light dinner for you, please register via Eventbrite:

     Please feel free to forward this invitation to interested colleagues.

     We look forward to seeing you there!

    Prof. Helen Fawcett, Co-Director

    Prof. Xin Zhang, Director


    National Science Foundation Research Experiences

    for Teachers (RET) in Integrated Nanomanufacturing

    Boston University Photonics Center

    8 Saint Mary’s St., PHO936

    Boston, MA 02215

    Tel: 857-753-1719 (Helen)


  • Friday, June 08, 2018 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In this six-hour workshop, beginners are introduced to basic Web GIS mapping and Story Maps applications. In the morning, participants build their own Web GIS inquiry skills by exploring data from history, literature and environmental science. Participants create and analyze research questions and uncover solutions with many diverse types of spatial data analyses and maps. In the afternoon, participants use the web-based Story Maps application to create and share story narratives based on the morning’s inquiry and analyses. Complete information can be found at the MassCUE website.

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