Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been celebrating outstanding inventors and working to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention for more than twenty years. We are now working to share our experience with educators across the U.S. as we believe that the development of creative and inventive mindsets is critical to young people’s ability to thrive in today’s technologically driven, rapidly changing world.

    Our examinations of the demographics of current patent holders, people who possess ‘creative and inventive mindsets’, suggest that advanced degrees in STEM field/disciplines are highly associated with technological inventions. However, STEM knowledge must be accompanied by other types of knowledge, skills and ways of thinking such as creativity and inventiveness which are related to but distinctly different from STEM knowledge and skills.  We are hosting two summer professional development workshops  to share our insights into invention education with other educators working to provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to middle and high school students.


    Developing Creative, Inventive Mindsets and Skills that Prepare Middle and High School Students for Careers in Rapidly Changing World

    Middle and high school teacher leaders, after school professionals and other educators.

    The three-day workshop will develop educators’ capacity to help kids learn to think and act as an inventor while developing a solution to a real-world problem. The workshop includes strategies for the effective use of JV InvenTeam activity guides made available free of charge on the Lemelson-MIT website here.
    Workshop sessions will be taught/facilitated by Lemelson-MIT Program staff (former teachers) and former InvenTeam teachers.

  • Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Manos Chaniotakis is a noted science author & co-author of numerous STEM curricula. Among those include: A Natural Approach to Chemistry (NAC) and Essential Physics” with Dr. Tom Hsu, which is used in the EBEC current Office of Naval Research Grant Project. Currently, Dr. Chaniotakis serves as International Advisor for policies and programming for the European Program on Open Schooling for High Schools & Universities across 28 member countries of the European Union. NAC is the naturalchoice for continuing your NGSS curriculum alignment. 

    Dr. Chaniotakis will discuss current issues in chemistry education today, including a comparison of chemistry teaching in the US and in Europe. Also, he will explore the chemistry of pH and of selected thermochromic* pigments. Participants will receive a copy of the student book and lab manual for “A Natural Approach to Chemistry”, along with the opportunity to experience selected lab activities in breakout workshops following the main session. Dr. Chaniotakis is a noted science and engineering educator and educational entrepreneur with extensive experience in developing innovative STEM programs. He has received degrees in physics, aerospace engineering and nuclear fusion from MIT where he did research; He has developed hands on science curricula, and taught for over 20 years. He has authored and co-authored with Dr Tom Hsu high school STEM curricula and teaching resources including a “Natural Approach to Chemistry”, “Essential Physics” currently used in the EBEC Office of Naval Research Project, and engineering and robotics for secondary and university education, used in New England and across the country. He has developed various software and hardware educational technologies to enable effective hands on teaching and learning of science and engineering.

    Online advance registration by May 17, 2017 is required and further information is on our at website: Questions: Email: of call 245-4998 X304. A flyer for the event can be found at EBEC NAC.pdf

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Semester: Fitchburg State University/Summer II 2017

    Course Dates: 7/10/17 - 7/14/17

    Course Times: 8 am - 3:30 pm

    3 Graduate Credits from Fitchburg State University

    Cost $600/3 graduate credits at Fitchburg State University or $315/37.5 PDPs

    Location: Groton, MA

    The Nashua River Watershed Association “NRWA Watershed Investigations Course: Connecting

    Watersheds and 2016 MA Science & Technology/Engineering Standards” will allow graduate level and/or in-

    service teachers grades 5-8 to dissect and apply the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering

    Standards. Candidates will practice using the publication Nashua River Watershed Investigations for Grades 5-

    8: Connecting Watersheds to the 2016 MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards, including 12

    lessons ready for classroom use. Candidates will learn through hands-on outdoor science lessons, presentations

    from NRWA scientists, and collaboration with peers. Candidates will also design a science unit including a self-

    designed research project with measurable data collection. Outdoor excursions will include a short canoe trip,

    walks through several forested areas, and explorations in a schoolyard.

    Contact: To register, email Deadline for registration 6/30/2017. Space is

    limited. Be sure to register today to reserve your spot.

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for an invigorating professional development training experience this summer? Join fellow K-12 educators from across the country at The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project’s 2017 National Energy Conference for Educators.  Happening July 16-20 in Milwaukee, WI! 

    The 2017 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. In five interactive days in Milwaukee, the conference provides teachers 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 with NEED lessons that integrate energy curriculum into classrooms at any grade level and with students of all learning styles, while focusing on the successful achievement of state and national education goals by using correlations of NEED materials to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core standards and state science standards.

    Attending teachers will receive credit towards a NEED Energy Kit and access to all NEED Curriculum Guides, and supplemental resources. This conference is often attended by energy industry education and outreach staff who manage or implement energy education programs. The cost of the conference is $1,500 and includes double occupancy lodging, most meals, local transportation to and from the airport in the conference city and curriculum materials. Limited scholarships are available for classroom teachers. Please indicate if you need a scholarship when you apply to attend. Teachers are encouraged to seek local funding and sponsorship to attend.

    For more details and to apply, please visit: or email

  • Friday, April 07, 2017 8:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I want to invite you to attend the Centennial Lecture and Discussion Forum of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Boston, on April 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. We have designed this event, titled “School Discipline: Issues of Equity and Effectiveness,” as an opportunity to connect innovative research on an important topic with real-world issues facing diverse public and policy communities.

    Russell Skiba, a leading expert on exclusionary school discipline, will examine the history and current status of school discipline reform. His brief lecture will be followed by an open discussion forum where Dr. Skiba will be joined by education policy experts who are also knowledgeable about the relevance of these issues to Boston-area students.

  • Friday, March 10, 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are seeking teachers at local community colleges, middle and high schools in the Boston/MetroNorth, Central/MetroWest, and Cape Cod/Southeast STEM areas to spend 6 weeks of summer conducting research alongside undergraduate students in a NSF funded Research Experiences for Teachers program focused in engineering.

    Teachers are not expected to be proficient in engineering disciplines as the program is interdisciplinary with a focus on training and providing resources for incorporating engineering concepts in your curriculum. Teachers will gain experience working in a cleanroom as well as in faculty labs and through our program, we will work with the teachers and the schools to assist in integration into STEM curriculum. Something unique about our RET site is that we intend to continue to work with the school and teachers even after the summer program is over. We intend to help initiate a community of STEM engineering within the STEM networks where teachers and administrators can continuously support each other with new lessons and integration plans. 

    The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 6, 2017 so that we can let teachers know prior to spring break if they have a position in our site. Our website has a lot of information: including the application process: If you can post and distribute to science teachers in the MSTA, it would be helpful to encourage more teachers to apply.

  • Friday, February 03, 2017 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Middle school teachers with two to 10 years of experience can participate in this week-long professional development opportunity at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. From July 23–28, participants will experience firsthand how necessity, perseverance, and skills can lead to innovations and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)—just as it did during World War II. Fifth- through eighth-grade teachers at public, charter, private, and parochial schools may attend. Participants receive free room and board, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials needed to complete the program. Apply by February 24 at

  • Monday, January 23, 2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications are open for the 2017 CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship!


    The CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship is for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health into middle and high school classrooms. It includes a 5-day summer course (July 10-14, 2017) at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity. Applications are dueFebruary 15, 2017.


    For more information, please watch our video and visit our website. We look forward to your application. Please share these materials with other teachers and educational leaders in your network who may be interested.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2017 Summer Professional Development Institutes are unique professional development courses offered in eight regions of Massachusetts. These professional development institutes for teachers bring together scientists, engineers and other STEM professionals with educators from museums, aquariums, natural science centers and other science, technology or cultural organizations to provide one week or hybrid graduate level courses. Visit partner sites to explore STEM content and inquiry-based activities. Depending on the region, daily activities include: nature walks, behind-the-scenes tours of laboratories, introductions to resource centers, modeling of inquiry-based activities and more. Each day is a balance of indoor, classroom-based components and outdoor field experiences. All activities are designed to help you meet State Frameworks and create interdisciplinary connections. Participants can choose to receive PDPs, or graduate credit and PDPs.

    One-Week Institutes for Grades 3-8 and Middle & High School Educators

    One-week professional development institutes for grades 3-8 educators combine content and skill development sessions. Visit each partner institution’s site for 1-2 days and participate in both hands-on inquiry investigations and content sessions. One-week professional development institutes for middle and high school educators combine content and skill development sessions taught by scientists, content specialists and professional educators. These courses are based out of the lead institution with field trips to area research labs, field sites and local businesses with product development laboratories.

    Cape Cod Region 

    One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

    Making Waves: Exploring Water and Marine Science to Engage Your Students in Inquiry

    Partners: National Marine Life Center, Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    Dates: July 10-14June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback

    Housing available for Cape Cod Region

    MetroWest Region

    One-Week for Middle and High School Educators

    New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change

    Partners: Framingham State University College of STEM, McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Center for Climate Change Education

    Dates: July 10-14June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 18 Fall Callback

    Housing available for MetroWest Region

    North Shore Region

    One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

    Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes

    Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research, Ipswich River Watershed Association, Ipswich High School, Boston University

    Dates: July 17-21June 17 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback

    Southeast Region

    One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

    From Solar to Polar: Designing Sustainable Solutions

    Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment, Battleship Cove, National Marine Life Center

    Dates: July 17-21June 10 On-Site Introductory Session; November 4 Fall Callback

    Hybrid Institutes for Grades 4-10 Educators

    Hybrid professional development institutes combine 16 hours of on-line instruction with a one-week on-site component. During the on-site component, spend a day at each partner institution’s site participating in hands-on inquiry investigations combined with content sessions.

    Middlesex Region

    Hybrid Institute for Grades 4-10 Educators

    Science in the Field: Utilizing Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations

    Partners: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Grassroots Wildlife Conservation, Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Dates: On-Site July 17-21June 17 On-Site Introductory Session; November 18 Fall Callback

    Online Component: June 17-August 4

    Visit for registration information.

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