Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • 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.

  • Friday, June 08, 2018 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer Conference 2018
    “Challenges in Teaching Chemistry” @ Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts
    August 17-18, 2018
    Keynote Speaker: Sam Kean
    The New York Times best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon

    Conference Flyer 

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of New Hampshire Dept. of Engineering and the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education is offering its Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering program. This is the 8th consecutive year UNH has provided this opportunity for middle and high school teachers. Please review the program description and information on teacher benefits and expectations for participation. At the bottom you will find instructions to apply for the program. There are 12 slots for this year’s program. Application review will begin on May 4 and continue until slots are filled.

    The Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering (RETE) program is funded by the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering (ENG-1711701) The specific goals for the RETE are to:

    v   Provide pre- and in-service middle school, high school, teacher-leaders with an intensive summer research experience in an engineering field related to Advanced Manufacturing.

    v   Create a community of educators, including teacher-leaders, faculty, and university graduate students, with research experience and teaching knowledge to assist one another as they develop and implement inquiry-based engineering activities.

    v   Provide access to equipment and materials for inquiry-based learning modules.

    The 2018 RETE will be held at the UNH campus in Durham, NH during the summer.  The program will run from Monday, June 25 to Friday August 3, 2018.  The duration will be six continuous weeks (there is scheduling flexibility for July 4 and vacations), with up to seven days of activities during the academic year.  Activities take place during a normal five-day per week schedule with holidays and weekends off (except where research schedule dictates).  This is a full-time commitment. Room and board (in a single-occupancy UNH dormitory) is provided for individuals wishing to stay on campus to minimize commuting time and expenses and to take full advantage of university resources (laboratories, libraries, computer clusters, etc.).   Commuters will receive a meal card loaded with some meals for lunch and for occasional dinners with the group.

     Benefits to  participating in the program include:

    v  Placement in an engineering research group, led by a UNH engineering faculty member;

    v  Conducting authentic engineering research as part of team of faculty and graduate students;

    v  Access to state-of-the art laboratory, fabrication, testing, and simulation facilities;

    v  $650/wk stipend;

    v  Room and board for residential campus experience; lunch and mileage reimbursement for commuting participants;

    v  Up to $1,000 allowance for purchase of related materials and supplies to bring engineering curriculum that you create into your classroo 

    v  Participation in a Community of Learners comprised of teachers working to bring engineering research practice into the classroom.

    v School visits by graduate students in support of your teaching

    Participant Expectations:

    v  Daily attendance and full participation in the six-week program.

    v  Daily and weekly progress toward research objectives and goals.

    v  Participation in weekly lunches to discuss research progress, transfer of research into the classroom, and curriculum enhancements to incorporate engineering research.

    v  Participation in two to three 1-day Academic Year  sessions ($125/day stipend provided) that provide time to work on transfer of research practice into teaching practice.

    v   Participation in project evaluation surveys and focus groups to determine if the RETE model is reaching its programmatic goals.

     To Apply:

    1.     Go To:

    2.     Create your User Account (You can keep this User Account to apply and register for future UNH Professional Development programs)

    3.     Complete all application materials including the File Upload requirement.

    4.     Submit

    (Note: This is the first time the RETE program is using this online Application Manager. Please report any problems directly to me as soon as you encounter them.)

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) for two days of engaging workshops, field trips, network building opportunities, and speakers during the 7th biennial Ocean Literacy (OL) Summit!  

    This year's Summit will take place in Boston, MA, on November 15 and 16, 2018, hosted by the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Northeastern University Marine Science Center. The focus will be Ocean Literacy (OL) Principle #2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth

    The call for 2018 OL Summit presenters is still open!  Professional scientists, informal and formal educators, environmental consultants, government officials, graduate students, resource managers, citizen scientists, and facilitators of citizen science are invited to present their work on the second day of the Summit (November 16, 2018). Apply to co-present during break out sessions, give a lightning talk, or present a poster. Presentations should assign with OL Principle #2 and focus on topics such as (but not limited to) biogeochemical cycles; geological links to the ocean; coastal landforms; sea level change; erosion; currents; beach dynamics; sand; sediment transport; waves; ocean acidification; and tectonic activity.

    Presentation proposals can be submitted here:

    The call for presenters will close June 1, 2018.  

    Questions? Please contact

  • Friday, May 04, 2018 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us on the Tufts University campus in Medford this summer to learn about Engineering and Maker Spaces and how to bring this back into your schools and classrooms. The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach is offering 4 exciting workshops this summer:

    - LEGO EV3 Mindstorms Robotics (available for teacher with all ranges of experience)

    - Novel Engineering
    - Integrating Making and Design in the K-8 Classroom
    - Getting Started with Makerspaces for K-8 Educators

    To learn more about dates and pricing for each workshop, please visit:

  • Tuesday, May 01, 2018 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS) team at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URIO/GSO) is again partnering with the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) to offer a FREE hurricane preparedness webinar for 4th through 6th grade classes. The webinar will cover hurricane hazards, forecasting, observing hurricanes with airplanes, and hurricane preparedness. The purpose of the webinar is to raise understanding and awareness of hurricanes, hurricane hazards, and hurricane preparation in advance of the 2018 North Atlantic hurricane season. Videos, visualizations, graphics, and other media will be included to engage students. NHC forecasters and AOC aircraft personnel will speak live to the classrooms. 

    This free webinar on hurricanes will be offered NEXT WEDNESDAYMay 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 am EDT). This webinar is part of the 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Week and the NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour (HAT). The webinar will be broadcast live from the Baton Rouge, Lousiana, stop of the HAT.

    Registration Information: 

    Schools/classes wanting to participate MUST REGISTER in advance. For information, or to register, go to:

    Questions for hurricane scientists and aircraft personnel may be submitted ahead of time- information for question submissions will be shared with those that have registered. The webinar platform also allows NHC/NOAA personnel and HSS staff to answer student questions in real time during the webinar. This year’s field location, however, means that only a limited number of questions submitted ahead of time, and in real time, will be answered during the webinar.  

    Questions?  Please contact Holly Morin at

    This webinar is sponsored by the Inner Space Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography University of Rhode Island.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Biology Regional Teacher Academy at the Woodstock Academy will prepare your teachers for working with the NGSS, and provide tools and strategies for teaching in a dynamic world. The Academy is sponsored by HHMI, BSCS, and NABT, with help from Carolina Biological and BioRad.

    The informational  flier includes a link to the Academy website. 

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Merrimack College, North Andover

    Mechanics – Darren Broder

    Dates: July 30- Aug 9

    $1095.00 for the 8 days (no classes on Friday) includes materials, lunch, morning refreshments and 3 graduate credits. 
    Dorms may be available. Campus apartment housing available: $350/week per person
    Register at  

    Mechanical Waves – Darren BroderDates: July 16-26

    $1095.00 for the 8 days (no classes on Friday) includes materials, lunch, morning refreshments and 3 graduate credits. 
    Dorms may be available. Campus apartment housing available: $350/week per person
    Register at    
    Contact Darren Broder

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