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  • 10 Aug 2022 6:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PD OPPORTUNITY: Authentic Science PBL on Climate Change Science at Harvard Forest

    Join us this summer to immerse yourself in ecology and climate change science with Harvard Forest Ecologists. Learn protocols and get resources to get your students outside and engaged in authentic Science projects this fall.


    August 17th, 2022 (Our Changing Forests Day 1, Hemlock Woolly Bully Project and Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming Project)

    August 18th, 2022 (Our Changing Forests Day 2-reachout with questions about housing if traveling a long distance)

    PDP's are awarded to all participants
    Cost: $50 (A one time fee that gives you access to resources, data library, and future optional workshops--please reach out if this fee is a barrier)
    For more information on projects to pick the right one for your classroom, visit: 
    https://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/research-projects
    Workshops will be at the Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham, MA
    Registrations are due by August 11st, 2022 at 8 am
    Questions? Contact Katharine 
    katharinehinkle@fas.harvard.edu

    https://forms.gle/3vEHziRYEZSQVjKU8


  • 29 Jul 2022 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    Fall 2022 Professional Learning Opportunities


    Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process Using Sensors

    A 2-day Workshop for Grades 6-12 Educators

     

    Are you interested in incorporating digital technology and computational thinking into engineering design portions of their curriculum, but are uncertain how to get started on your own? Join the Wade Institute for Science Education for a two-day professional learning experience as we explore coding and electronics through fun, engaging, hands-on projects using the Arduino Open Source Electronics Platform. 

     

    This sensor workshop is designed for Arduino beginners and intermediate users. Other sensors can be used along with the products that can be created with the kits. You will leave the workshop with an Arduino kit to start using these materials and investigations in your classroom! 

     

    Registration Information

    Dates: Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th, 2022 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)

    Location: Bristol Community College

    Cost: $150 per participant with discounts available for teacher teams

    12 PDPs 

    Register online:https://www.wadeinstitutema.org/focus-workshops

  • 29 Jul 2022 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    Fall 2022 Professional Learning Opportunities

     

    Our Climate, Our Communities: Science, Systems, and Solutions

    A Hybrid Professional Development Institute for Middle and High School Educators

     

    Explore examples of best practices in climate change education with the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partner Salem Sound Coastwatch through the broad phenomena-based theme of, “Our Climate, Our Communities: Science, Systems, and Solutions." Experience a hybrid format of on-site sessions combined with online learning as you engage in climate and energy investigations, talk directly with scientists and engineers, explore your own local resources, and develop units and investigations you can use in your classroom. Leave the course with tools and resources for integrating climate change concepts into your instruction and the confidence to engage your students in active discussion, sense-making, and problem solving around challenging and dynamic topics of climate change. Take back to school a materials kit for the inquiry-based, hands on investigations you explore during the course.

     

    Guest Speakers:

    Dr. Bob Chen, Dean of the School for the Environment and Professor of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences, UMass Boston

    Richard Rys, Chemical Engineer, Principal of R2 Controls

    Dan Kittredge, Executive Director, Bionutrient Food Association

    Dr. Tamara Ledley, STEM Education Consultant, En-Roads

    Dr. Brian Helmuth, Professor, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University Marine Science Center

     

    Registration Information

    Online Sessions: September 23 – December 11, 2022

    On-Site Sessions: Saturdays, October 1 & 22, November 12, and December 3 (8:30 AM – 2:30 PM) at Salem Sound Coastwatch in Salem, MA

    Cost: $450 per participant with discounts available for teacher teams

    PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit available

    Register online:https://www.wadeinstitutema.org/academic-year-professional-development-institutes

  • 13 Jul 2022 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    2022 Summer Professional Development Institutes

     

    Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partners for a unique, graduate level course that will engage you in hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based investigations and increase your STEM content knowledge! Connect with scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals, and work with educators at our collaborating partner institutions to explore real-world phenomena through standards-aligned, hands-on, minds-on investigations that you can bring back to your classroom. Earn PDPs and optional graduate credits.

    PIONEER VALLEY REGION

    Rivers to Range: Exploring the Geology of the Pioneer Valley

    Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators 

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022

    Known for its basalt flows, mountain ranges, dinosaur footprints, and fertile soils, the Pioneer Valley exhibits a rich history of geologic change. Explore opportunities for integrating science and math as you learn about the geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. Visit local field sites, delve into museum collections, investigate the traces that animals can leave in sediment, learn how rivers can shape a landscape in geological time, participate in inquiry-based investigations and discover how your modern landscape can provide clues to a very different past.

    All institutes offer 40 PDPs and optional graduate credit for an additional fee. Institutes cost $475 per participant with discounts for teacher teams. Registration is now open! Learn more athttps://www.wadeinstitutema.org/spdi-k12.


    Wade Institute for Science Education

    Customized Professional Learning Services

    We help schools transition to implementing inquiry-based and phenomena-based STEM instruction. Our interactive science professional learning programs provide resources for educators to engage the curiosity and wonder of students by bringing hands-on, minds-on curriculum into current teaching situations! These professional learning experiences are tailored to teachers' needs within a school district and are offered both on-site and remotely. The Wade Institute for Science Education is an OpenSciEd Certified Professional Learning Provider and a certified provider in the Rivet Education Professional Learning Partner Guide. Our Customized Professional Learning Services:

    • align science curriculum with the MA STE Framework and NGSS

    • model the use of the Science and Engineering Practices for instruction and assessment

    • provide scientific content relevant to the Disciplinary Core Ideas

    • apply inquiry-based science instruction strategies 

    • develop skills to create phenomena-based units and investigations

    • foster teachers’ use of inquiry-based, hands-on instruction 

    • include science content as well as pedagogy

    • support school-based initiatives to strengthen science instruction and assessment

    • provide strategies for creating an inclusive and equitable science learning environment

    • can provide support for implementing OpenSciEd materials in the classroom

     

    Contact us to learn more!

    www.wadeinstitutema.org/customized-school-services


  • 13 Jun 2022 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 22 – 24, 2022

    Babson Executive Conference Center

    Wellesley, MA

    The Maria Mitchell Women of Science Symposium (MMWSS) is designed to serve as a source of inspiration and support. A hands-on experience where attendees are actively participating and problem solving. Attendees will focus on such issues as retention, diversity and inclusion, and mentoring.

    Keynotes & Panelists Include:

    Amy Bower

    Tara Spann

    Nicole Cabrera Salazar

    Sandra Begay

    Chiara Mingarelli

    Malika Jeffries-EL

    Dionne Hoskins-Brown

    Nancy R. Gray


    For more information and registration, please visit mmwss.org

    Student & Teacher Scholarships Available 

    Sponsored by:

    American Astronomical Society • American Philosophical Society • Axcelis Technologies, Inc. • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute • D.E. Shaw & Co. • Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium • MassBio • Massachusetts Technology Collaborative • Agios • Schwartz Hannum PC • The Simons Foundation • Stinson, LLP • Tupancy-Harris Foundation • Vassar College • Mass General Brigham • Mount Holyoke College

  • 6 Jun 2022 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 14th 5-6:30 pm in the Educator Resource Center at Museum of Science, Boston, MA.

    Our target audience is teachers of grades 6-12 and community college professors. This 90-minute workshop at the Museum of Science will review the TEL Engineering Literacy Framework and dive into exploring Technology and Society. We will provide certificates of attendance, free parking, and light snacks.

    Definitions from the TEL framework:

    Technology is any modification of the natural or designed world done to fulfill human needs or desires.

    Engineering is a systematic and often iterative approach to designing objects, processes, and systems to meet human needs and wants.

    Technology and engineering literacy is the capacity to use, understand, and evaluate technology as well as to understand technological principles and strategies needed to develop solutions and achieve goals. For purposes of this framework, it comprises three areas: Technol­ogy and Society, Design and Systems, and Information and Communication Technology.

    Limited to 25, Register Here: https://forms.gle/3mSGCuL2Ryxh54MN6

    This workshop is being offered by Partners Aligned To Heighten broad participation in STEM (PATHS). PATHS is a new coalition formed by two minority serving institutions, UMASS Boston and Bunker Hill Community College. We are academia, non-profits, governments, and industry. With funding from NASA, we are collectively working to increase diversity in engineering in Massachusetts. We support students and their mentors to explore STEM activities, persist through the barriers by finding a path that works for them, and change the status quo.

  • 26 May 2022 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair’s 2023 Science Fair Ready Network

    While the Fair is the showcase that celebrates a project's completion, MSEF is much more than the State Fair event. Anyone can be on this journey regardless of how far you go and MSEF is here to support students and teachers every step of the way. Let us know that you're on board and sign-up below to be a part of MSEF's 2023 Science Fair Ready Network.

    https://form.jotform.com/MSSEF/2023network

    You will receive

    • periodic newsletters with timely information and reminder
    • exclusive opportunities for classroom resources
    • free or discounted professional development
    • mentor connections and feedback
    • opportunities to learn from other teachers about best practices
    • check-ins from MSEF staff and volunteers
    • resources for project inspirations and student mentors 
       

    MSEF is here to help from the first step of your journey to your last.

    There is no cost to be a Network member. You can sign up with no obligation to participate in the fair events and you can remove yourself from the list at any time.


  • 26 May 2022 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE "FIRST IMAGES" COMMUNITY EVENT

    Date: Friday, July 29
    Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    Age Recommendation: All Ages
    Location: Christa McAuliffe Center, FSU Planetarium, and O’Connor Lot

    Celebrate the delivery of Webb’s spectactular first scientific images in July 2022 with us! We will be holding an open house event with free-choice learning activities as an official Webb Space Telescope Community Events host!

    Click here for more information. 

  • 26 May 2022 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PUBLIC PLANETARIUM PROGRAM: UNDISCOVERED WORLDS AND STARGAZING

    Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
    Time: 7:30PM
    Age Recommendation: Ages 12+
    Location: FSU Planetarium and O’Connor Lot

    Do Earth-like planets exist elsewhere in the universe? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science shifting our perspective on humanity’s place in the cosmos. The full-dome planetarium film will be followed by stargazing outside with telescopes!

    Click here for more info

  • 26 May 2022 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
    Monday, July 18 & Tuesday, July 19  11:00 am-7:00 pm
    Friday, July 22  9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Virtual / Online

    Join us for a three-day conference on climate change education built by educators and climate change professionals from across North America! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas. This energizing experience will connect you to an engaged and authentic community seeking to build collective strength to inspire hope and action in our communities.

    During the first two virtual days, hosted by Climate Generation in partnership with NOAA’s Climate Program, educators can select from concurrent workshops led by climate leaders on an array of topics. During the third day, participants will attend a virtual cohort workshop with other educators from across the Northeast region, facilitated and hosted by Mass Audubon. Educators will explore local impacts, actionable solutions, connections to local experts, and planning and networking.

    Leave feeling reinvigorated for the new school year and prepared to educate your students to be global citizens.

    $250

    Register >


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