Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Thursday, March 01, 2018 7:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “If there seems to be a conflict between beliefs and facts, it is the job of all of us as educators to help students understand religious beliefs are rooted in faith while science is rooted in what we know today.” – Sister Buffy Marie Boesen, Angels Among Us

    In a day-long workshop at the Boston Science Museum and inspired by the short story “Angels Among Us” by Lisa Y. Garibay (to be released Spring 2018), participants will hear from a panel of local professionals who have devoted their lives to both science and faith, then work together to create a collection of best practices, tools, and resources on teaching and discussing science in a faith-based environment.

    Join in a discussion with local educators and reflect on how the interaction of science and religion has affected your life and the lives of students, develop an accessible network of diverse educators, and be inspired to continue the conversation with your students in creative and engaging ways.

    Vouchers will be provided for breakfast and lunch in the Riverview Café. Certificate of participation available upon request.

    For more information, or to register, please go to the site for this workshop.

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello MABT Members and Affiliates,

    Please check out the registration flyer for the 2018 MABT Conference - Change is in the Air: Claim, Evidence and Reason in a Climate of Anti-Science on Saturday March 10th at Framingham State University.

    Ken R. Miller will explore why anti-scientific views seem to be on the rise in America and David Knuffke will inspire teachers to create an environment where students actively engage in data-driven science.  

    Stay posted as two new workshops will be announced in coming days.  Hope you can join us!

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register now! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting teachers and education leaders to bring public health into classrooms across the United States and beyond. CDC is partnering with the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to offer three, 2-day Science Ambassador regional training workshops FREE OF COST. Learn strategies to teach public health concepts and inspire interest in public heath careers.

  • Friday, December 15, 2017 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS, Inc.) invites you to join us for our 2018 MITS Professional Development Seminar Series – full day workshops that cover both scientific content and inquiry-based pedagogy. Seminars are designed for staff and volunteers from science, environmental, history, technology, art and other cultural institutions and centers in New England. Teachers are also welcome. All sessions promise to provide hands-on, minds-on professional development opportunities for you and your staff. Come to one or more!

    Wednesday, January 24th

    • Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and Some Ideas About What to Do About It 
      Presenter: Ellen Marie Douglas, Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment, UMass Boston
    • How We Know What We Know: Using Real-World Data to Explore Key Climate Concepts
      Presenter: Jeremy D. Shakun, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Boston College

    Wednesday, February 14th

    • Developing a Taste for Molecular Biology
      Presenter: Lindsay Mehrmanesh, Biology Teaching Lab Supervisor, Brandeis University
    • Sharing Science: Connecting Scientists and Engineers with the Public
    • Presenters: Denise LeBlanc, Director of Learning Experiences, and Elizabeth Leahy, Assistant Director of Learning Experiences, The Discovery Museums, Acton, MA

    Wednesday, March 28th (special full-day session)

    • Dig In: Strengthening Sustainability Learning Through Farm-to-School Connection
      Presenters: Ryan Morra, Professional Learning Coordinator, Shelburne Farms & Vermont FEED and Simca Horwitz, Director, Massachusetts Farm to School Project

    Tuesday, April 24th

    • The Technology, Data and People Behind Forecasting in the National Weather Service
      Presenter: Glenn Field, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA/National Weather Service, Boston, MA
    • Engaging Students with Weather & Climate Through Media
      Presenter: Jake Foster, Director, STEM Curriculum and Instruction, WGBH

    Dates: January 24thFebruary 14thMarch 28th and April 24th

    Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Location: Higgins University Center, Clark University, Worcester, MA

    Cost: $40 per seminar (discounted fees of $108 are offered for attending 3 seminars or $140 for attending all 4 seminars) 

    Certificates of participation are available for each seminar. PDPs are available for those participating in 2 or more seminar dates.

    Visit for more information and details about each session. Click here to register: 

  • Friday, December 15, 2017 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Inspire the next generation of ocean and environmental scientists and stewards! One week left to sign up to present a workshop or interactive table demo at the 2018 High School Marine Science Symposium (HSMSS), sponsored by the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) and the Northeastern University Marine Science Center

    We are particularly seeking table fair presenters at this time, who will deliver short, 5-10 minute activities or demonstrations, as groups of students rotate through the tables to meet presenters.

    When: Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 8am-1pm (presenters are done at 11:30am with the option to stay for keynote/lunch)

    Where: Northeastern University, Boston

    What: Individuals and presenter groups deliver a hands-on workshop or table demo/activity for high school students

    If you are willing and able to participate, please register by Friday, December 22nd by following this link:

  • Friday, December 15, 2017 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Hog Island Audubon Camp has been in operation since 1936 and is primarily an adult-focused facility which offers about 15 different residential programs each summer, each lasting for 6 days.  Some of our 2018 programs include  Field Ornithology; Sharing Nature: An educator’s week ; The Joy of Birding; Arts and Birding; etc. etc.

    We even have a scholarship program for interested individuals.

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 7:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) has partnered with Mass Audubon to hold an electrifying alternative energy workshop, Lighting the Way with Wind and Solar: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future. Middle and High School Educators, join us for this two-day workshop, and... 

    • Engage in an exploration of Earth’s energy balance, weather patterns and climate change.
    • Discover how wind turbines and solar panels generate power that produces clean electricity and reduces carbon in the atmosphere.
    • Experiment with solar and wind powered technologies; design a solar powered house.
    • Discover how to adapt your curriculum to include energy-related investigations that meet the Revised MA Science and Engineering/Technology Standards.
    • Charge up your curriculum with a kit containing equipment ready to use in your classroom.

    What: 2-Day Alternative Energy Workshop for Middle and High School Educators

    Workshop Title: Lighting the Way with Wind and Solar: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future

    Dates: Friday and Saturday, December 1 & 2, 2017

    Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Location: Gordon Hall, Mass Audubon Headquarters, Lincoln, MA

    Fee: $175 (includes toolkit of materials to take back to your classroom)

    Collaborators: Museum Institute for Teaching Science, Mass Audubon

    Registration Deadline: Monday, November 27, 2017

    PDPs: 13 PDPs are available for this workshop.

    Register Online:

    For more information, visit

  • Friday, November 17, 2017 1:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 2: Fall Section Meeting of NAGT-NE 2017 (National Association of Geology Teachers - New England).

    A consortium of geoscience educators. 

    K12 and higher education instructors as well as informal educators are welcome to attend.

    The fall meeting for the New England Section of the NAGT will take place on December 2, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the Olney Science Center room 212. 

    10:00-10:45 am: Business Meeting (News, Voting) All welcome.

    11:00- 12:00 Dr. Daniel Obrist will present on his latest research: “Tundra uptake of atmospheric elemental mercury drives Arctic mercury pollution.” This research was described in July for the Journal Nature.

    Dr. Obrist is the new Department Chair for the Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

    12:00 Lunch: Bring your own.

    12:30 - 2:00ish  Short Local Geology Field Trip

    If the weather cooperates, we will go on a short field trip through the Nashoba and Merrimack Terranes. 

    Contact/Questions?  Lori Weeden 

    President New England Section National Association of Geoscience Teachers 

    Senior Lecturer Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • Monday, October 16, 2017 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Opening on October 18 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) in Lowell, Silent Sky is the incredible true story of boundary-shattering New England astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her colleagues working at Harvard Observatory in the early 20th century. Astronomers and scientists get 25% off tickets using promocode: SKYPLAY. (4 tickets per order, offer may be rescinded at any time, cannot be combined with other offers.) Just call the Box Office at 978-654-4678 or go online at to buy your tickets. Also, student tickets are always just $15.

  • Friday, October 06, 2017 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2018 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators from all over the country that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. Through five interactive days in Galveston, the conference will provide educators with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, electricity, efficiency, and environmental and economic impacts.

    Participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units in their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and after-school programs. NEED leaders at the conference help participants develop specialized units that meet state standards and can be utilized with students of all learning styles.

    Who Should Attend

    •             Educators interested in Energy!

    •             Science and STEM Teachers

    •             Informal Educators

    •             Museum Education Staff

    •             Utility Education and Outreach Staff

    Registration Fee: $1,500


                          Conference materials

                          Curriculum materials

                          Double occupancy lodging

                          Most meals

                          Local transportation to and from the airport in the conference city

    Scholarships for classroom teachers are available (On your application indicate scholarship is requested). Graduate credit is available.

    Apply Today!

    What past attendees have said:

    “I would definitely recommend this conference! It’s a great way to network with other people and get to know more ways to implement science lessons and make them more fun!”

    “This was a 100% ‘on’ workshop, no fluff or disorganized wasted time.”

    “This has been, by far, the best professional development I have attended. The presenters modeled best practices.”

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