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The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is a professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels. MAST is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and acts as your representative on national and state policies concerning science education.

MAST is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.  To get involved, please contact Craig Richard at President@MassScienceTeach.org


2022 MAST Conference

Call for Presenters 

On behalf of MAST’s Conference Committee, we are proud to announce that MAST will be again hosting an in-person conference at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough. This year our conference will take place on Wednesday November 9, 2022.

As always with our conferences, we try to provide a positive, impactful professional development experience that benefits educators from all grade levels.  To help us do this, we ask any STEAM educators that are willing to share their knowledge and skills with the science teaching community to submit a proposal to present.  Please consider this email your formal invitation to submit a proposal to share a lesson or run a workshop at this year’s conference.  

To submit an application to present, please use this Google Form by Friday, September 9th. 

Presentations will be scheduled to ensure that a wide variety of professional development offerings appealing to a cross-section of attendees are available during each time slot.  Please feel free to share this call for presenters with colleagues and other professional associations. 

We look forward to building upon the in-person collaboration that our conferences have offered educators in the past.  We hope that you will join us!

Thank you,

Craig Richard

Jayne Kerner

MAST Conference Co-Chairs

MAST 2021-2022 Fall Awards

We all appreciate our colleagues who work diligently each year to create and implement amazing lessons and experiences for science-learners at all grade levels.  The past few years we have relied on each other more than ever, and we have achieved more than we could ever imagine we would need to. Please help MAST celebrate the phenomenal teachers in our state by nominating teachers that you know are doing something cool in their classroom!  You do not need to be a member to nominate an educator however, some awards are for members only. You can encourage your potential nominees to become members by visiting http://www.massscienceteach.org/Join-Us 

To nominate someone visit https://massscienceteach.org/page-18208   Please fill out as much information as you can and write a short statement about why they deserve the award.

If you have any questions email awards@massscienceteach.org 

Science Matters in Massachusetts

Science Matters is a public awareness campaign by the National Science Teachers Association. The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) will work to share science opportunities throughout Massachusetts. This is a newsletter sent out by email on the 1st and 15th of each month. If you have an opportunity to share please email it to Dr. Betsey Clifford:
sciencematters@massscienceteach.org

Member Benefits

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Benefits of MAST membership includes access to conferences, awards, grants, job opportunities, licensure information, and more.

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Congratulations to our Spring 2020 Grant Winners!

The Board of Directors voted at its June meeting to make the following awards:

The 2020 Elaine Adams Professional Development Awardee is Alexander Eden of the Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough. Alexander will use the $500 award to register for the Wade Institute's Professional Development Institute: Science, Technology, and a Changing Environment: Measuring Change to Predict the Future. Alexander’s goal is to increase his capacity to help students make connections between the outdoors and STEM.

The 2020 Grants for Educating Teachers (GET) Awards have been awarded to the following educators:                             

  • Sean Musselman, Burlington Science Center, Burlington, to purchase a nano microphone for a podcast that dives into the world of children’s books highlighting STEM ideas and careers.

  • Courtney Felix, Luther Elementary, Swansea, to purchase an Investigating Wind Energy package to teach students about wind energy and scientific practices.

  • Erin Nourse, Attleboro Public Schools, for the purchase of digital thermometers that will be used in several thermal energy  STEAM projects like a thermos, penguin house and a solar cooker. 

  • Rebecca Webster, Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover, for the purchase of Unsolved Case Files, which will be used for forensics students to apply what they have learned.

  • Jesse Porter-Henry, Hampshire Regional High School, Westhampton, for the purchase of a bench top water distiller for use in quantitative experiments and labs.


Events & Opportunities

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MAST Statement on Social Justice

“Interrupting racism takes courage and intentionality; the interruption is by definition not passive or complacent.  So in answer to the question “Where do we go from here”,” I offer that we must never consider ourselves finished with our learning.”

Robin Diangelo

White Fragility

In response to the tragic events that took place in Minneapolis and across our country, NSTA has released an official statement on Social Justice and Science Education.  As the state chapter of NSTA, the MAST Board of Directors also acknowledges the need to do more to live up to our guiding principles of embracing diversity and equity.  We, too, are committed to increasing our focus on dismantling systemic racism in the work we do with teachers and in the science education that we provide to our students.  

If you would like to help MAST with these initiatives, please let us know.  For those interested, please send an email to presidentelect@massscienceteach.org.

Regards,

MAST Board of Directors

NSTA Releases Official Statement on Social Justice and Science Education


Resources and Articles

MAST & MSELA Executive Leadership DEIA Workshop Slides 

Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson Webinar, Sept. 30, 2021- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism in STEM Education   

Anti-Racism Resources and Articles for STEM Educators - WPI STEM Education Center

Anti-Racism Resources for Students, Educators, and Citizens - UCONN NEAG School of Education  

Sociology of Racism

URGE Webinar - Racism:  Definitions & Forms

2019 Awards Banquet

Congratulations to the new Science Hall of Fame Inductees

The Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators is pleased to announce that three science educators were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a breakfast ceremony sponsored by the Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association on October 25, 2019. The new inductees are:

William Bobrowsky, Franklin High School,

Francis Anthony DiLuna, Billerica Public Schools, and

Dr. John Kudukey, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

These inductees will also be honored at the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers' Awards Banquet on Dec. 6, 2019 at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. To register for the awards banquet go to our registration website

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 and has recognized 126 members.  Each member has had a long and distinguished career in science education in Massachusetts. The Hall of Fame is permanently housed at Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association


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