Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications are now open for the 2017 CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship! 

    The competitive fellowship is for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health into current 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 due February 15, 2017.

     For more information, please visit our website. 

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator) and EDC are hosting no-cost, one-day workshops for K-5 educators interested in teaching computer science. Workshops will cover courses 1-3 and offer supplies needed to teach the courses.
    Where: Education Development Center, 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, Massachusetts
    When: 10/15/16, 8:30 am - 4 pm;
    How to sign up:
    More information:

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You're Invited! Free Robotics + iSENSE Science Workshop
    Sat. Nov. 5, 8:30am-12:30pm
    Are you a K12+ Educator? Are you interested in bringing inspirational, hands-on technology experiences to your classroom to enhance student learning of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? If so, you are invited to a free hands-on workshop for K12+ Educators to learn about:
    • Building robots and how to include them in your teaching 
    • Using iSENSE, a collaborative, web-based data visualization platform
    The workshop will be held at UMass Lowell, in Olsen Hall, on Saturday, November 5 from 8:30 am to 12:30pm, with registration and refreshments starting at 8:00 am. No previous experience is necessary! At this workshop you will:
    • interact with other teachers who have already used robots. 
    • discover Artbotics 
    • build and program a robot creature, using the Lego Mindstorms or Arduino platform. 
    • receive advanced instruction for experienced users. 
    • learn how to use the iSENSE data visualization system in your classroom 
    • Receive information about funding opportunities! 
    Letters of attendance will be available. This workshop is open to K-12+ educators only. Space is limited, Registration required at: Once you complete the registration form, you'll receive an electronic confirmation. About one week prior to the workshop you will receive a reminder with directions and workshop location. The workshop is designed for teachers and educators. We will keep a waiting list if the workshop fills up. No shows are an expense to us, if you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP at: For more information on robotics programs at UMass Lowell, please go to Please feel free to forward or post. 

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 0 p.m., North Easton MA
    Engage young learners in the natural world by building on what's already familiar to them - the senses, the seasons, and their neighborhoods. Try out and discuss field-tested experiences that fit a typical pre-school routine with both teacher-led and self-guided centers. Receive the PLT PreK-K Curriculum Guide, handouts, and a Certificate of Completion. PDP's may be earned. $15 per person. For questions or to pre-register (by October 15), please contact, 413/584-6788 Project Learning Tree is a program of the American Forest Foundation and is sponsored in Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A one-day workshop for curriculum and school leaders offered by the Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association (MSELA) and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)
    Thursday, November 10, 2016
    • Compare the 2016 Standards with the 2006 Standards and discuss classroom implications 
    • Examine the K-12 progressions of content and science/engineering practices that are central to the 2016 STE Framework 
    • Explore the progression of the Disciplinary Core Ideas from K-12 and how this impacts implementing the revised STE Standards into your school district’s curriculum 
    • Investigate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Cross-Cutting Concepts in the MA STE Standards 
    Examine aspects of the Frameworks that are essential to a smooth and effective transition to the new STE standards! Click here to download a full brochure, or click here to register online! 

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Discover Seminars on Science, the American Museum of Natural History’s online professional learning program. The 6-week online courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences are developed by the Museum’s world-class scientists and accessible on your schedule. Gain exciting new knowledge and powerful classroom resources this fall and earn graduate credit from one of our university partners.

    The next session starts October 31st. Sign up today and receive $50 off your registration fee! Use code SCIENCEMATTERS.

    Seminars on Science courses include: The Brain; Climate Change; Earth: Inside & Out; Evolution; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Ocean System; The Solar System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more.

    For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at If you have any questions, send us an email at, or call us at 800-649-6715.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
    • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM 
    • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More! 
    • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education 
    Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:
    •  Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet. 
    • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children. 
    • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom. 
    PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017. With a scholarship, Academy program fees are $1375 + air. Space is limited to 30 educators - register early to secure your spot!

    Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at:

    Contact or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.
  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Forests, Fields, and Farms: Changing Landscapes
    Sunday, September 25, 2016
    9 AM to 4 PM N. Brookfield Elementary, 10 New School Dr., N. Brookfield, MA
    Celebrating over 100 Years of Town Forests in MA
    A conference for engaged citizens, landowners, natural resource professionals, municipal officials, land trusts, and civic groups. Public Welcome! Free!
    Featuring Steve Long Author of Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England
    Agenda available on the registration website and registered attendees receive a free lunch or call 413-992-8734
    • Engaging speakers will present a local historical perspective on forests and farms; including examples of successful town forest projects in North Brookfield. The 1938 Hurricane, Quaboag Plantation and local conservation will be highlighted. 
    • An afternoon filled with outdoor fun for the whole family with great exhibits and demonstrations. Also two guided afternoon hikes in North Brookfield’s Town Forest will offer an up close look at forestry in action! 
    Contact: Kate Marquis for conference details or 413-992-8734 Hosted by the Massachusetts DCR Service Forestry Program 

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When: Saturday, October 1 from 10:00-11:30AM
    Where: UMass Amherst, Integrated Science building (ISB) 321, 661 North Pleasant St.
    Who: All STEM educators, grades 5-8
    Why: To learn about and get access to free online co-curricular STEM modules

    Future Goals - Hockey Scholar is an engaging, online STEM course composed of twelve 15-minute modules that bring the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework to life through the game of hockey. This workshop is for STEM educators in grades 5-8 looking to integrate engaging technology applications into the classroom. All attendees will receive unlimited teacher and student access to Future Goals - Hockey Scholar for their school.

    Attendees will register for a teacher account, create classes for immediate classroom implementation, and walk away with standards-aligned online activities and paper-based, supplementary lesson plans. Best implementation practices will be shared and we will work towards aligning modules to scope and sequences.

    All resources in this workshop are free and provided by EverFi and The Boston Bruins. Breakfast will be provided. You can park anywhere at UMass on Saturdays. Click here for a campus map. The portion of lot 63 adjacent to the ISB is most convenient.

    To learn more about Future Goals - Hockey Scholar, visit Please register for this workshop using this link. We will be providing you with a certificate of attendance if you complete this registration process and attend. If you are unable to attend this workshop but are interested in learning more about this free resource, please contact Jessica Donovan -

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    October 21-23, 2016
    Wesleyan University Middletown CT
    Theme: How Physics Teaching Has Changed Since 1950: 66 years after the landmark AAPT National Meeting at Wesleyan University

    In 1950, the first AAPT National Meeting was held at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Travel down Rt. 66 and meet us on October 21-23, 2016 for the Regional meeting of the New England, New York and New Jersey Sections of AAPT.

    We will look at how we taught Physics, how we teach Physics now, and where we are headed in the future. We invite you to contribute talks, workshops and postersrelated to secondary- and college-level Physics pedagogy:
    The History of Physics Education
    • Teaching Methods: Studio, Flipping, Team-based Learning, Guided and Open Inquiry, Problem-based Learning, Project-based Learning, Modeling Physics, Blended/Online courses, the new AP Physics, etc. How does conceptual understanding inform mathematical rigor? 
    • Experiments in Progress: What new approaches are you trying in your classes? What are your preliminary results? 
    • Assessment: How do we know our teaching is effective? What are the best assessment tools? Does it all fit with NGSS? 
    Please submit your abstracts on-line at: yQksENZVQzcrp8/vie wform Workshops already tentatively scheduled include: Arduino (3-hour), Optics (1.5-hour), PTRA Workshop (3-hour) “Activities from The Perimeter Institute - including GPS, Planck’s Constant and others” 
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