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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

This School Year:  MAST Webinar Series!

Dear MAST Members,

Due to the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 world in which we find ourselves, the MAST Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to not hold our annual, face-to-face conference in November.  However, we are still committed to providing quality professional development opportunities for our members.  To help achieve this, MAST is running a webinar series during this 2020-21 school year.  

All webinars are free to MAST members!  Be well and please stay tuned for registration details on these and future MAST webinar offerings!

Regards,

MAST Board of Directors


Looking Ahead:

  MAST Proudly Presents:



For more than 70 years MSEF has run the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair for middle and high school students. MSEF prepares and supports teachers to implement strong student-led research projects. This involves training & materials, support through mentors and volunteers, opportunities for awards and recognition, connections to industry and universities and fair structure management. 

We think of the science fair as a process, not just an event. 

In this session we will:

  • Share the essential elements of the Science Fair Project and Process

  • Explore the existing STEM programs you are involved with that could be made ‘Science Fair Ready’

  • Identify and address reservations about implementation to help you say ‘yes!’ to science fair

Wednesday, May 12th from 4 - 5:00 PM

Register here! 

About the Presenter:    

Rebekah Stendahl is the Program Director at MSEF. Rebekah has worked both locally and nationally through various projects and networks to support educational best practices, most recently at the intersection of STEM and Environmental Literacy. She is committed to addressing issues of equity and access in science education. At the New England Aquarium for almost two decades, she created and maintained partnerships, led innovative program development, and supported evaluation of best practices to influence the larger informal and formal education field with a focus on community education and teacher professional development. Additionally she worked to support climate resilience education with MassAudubon, serves as a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Group for Energy and Environmental Education, and volunteers as a farm hand and educational consultant at her local community organic farm.  Rebekah has a degree in Geology and a certificate from BU in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. 



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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

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


Member Benefits

Conferences, Awards, Grants, Job Opportunities, Licensure Information, and more.

Find out about our Member Benefits and career opportunities within our Association.

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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.


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



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

Massachusetts 
Science and Technology
/Engineering Standards

View the 2016 adopted revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards:  

STE STANDARDS

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