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  • 1 Apr 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Teachers, how would you like to learn how to build an Arduino based miniature satellite with your students and launch it to the upper atmosphere and into space!?

    Find out how by attending the Teachers in Space Professional Development Workshop at Brunswick Landing, in partnership with the Maine Space Grant Consortium and Educate Maine.

    WHAT: Flight Experiments & CubeSat Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

    WHEN: August 15th, 2022 - August 19th, 2022 / 8:30am – 5:00pm

    WHERE: UMA Brunswick Center – Orion Hall – 12 Sewall Street, Brunswick, ME 04011

    MATERIALS: You bring your own Windows laptop PC.

    Note: School issued laptops usually won’t let you install programs. 

    Apple Computers and Chromebooks will not work!!

    COST: $500 for Maine teachers, $1700 for out-of-state teachers

    Breakfasts & Lunches Included

    Find more info & register here – Space is limited. (Or copy and paste the following link into your browser  )

    Miniaturization, 3D printing, low-cost materials, and retail components; plus a growing variety of affordable launch providers have enabled schools to begin building and launching their own satellite and cubesat experiments into space. In this workshop, we will cover programming Arduino microcontrollers, setting up various sensors, integrating into a CubeSat form-factor, and collecting in-flight data from fixed wing and high altitude balloon flights. Teachers will be sent home with all the equipment, materials, and knowhow to build a working CubeSat with their students. Teachers in Space will work with teachers to develop an experiment that we will then be able to launch on a suborbital flight with Blue Origin.

    Teachers in Space, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization which stimulates student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing their teachers with extraordinary space science experiences and industry connections.

  • 24 Mar 2022 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2022 Woods Hole Conference 

    The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME)
    46th Annual Meeting and Conference at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    This year's theme is Ocean and Coastal Data

    Saturday, April 30, 2022 8:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    Clark Building, Quissett Campus at the 
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    ASL Interpreters are available for this event upon request


    8:30 Registration in Clark, 5th Floor, outside 507
    9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
    9:15 Keynote 1
    10:15 Exhibits/Break
    10:45 Keynote 2
    11:45 Lunch, Annual Meeting, and MME Awards
    1:00 Workshops - Session 1
    1:55 Workshops - Session 2
    2:50 Tours
    4:15 Social Reception at Sea Education Association (SEA)


    Dr. Mark Borrelli
    Mapping Storm Tide Pathways: Coastal Storms, Sea Level Rise and Emergency Response
    Mark is the Director of the Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Lab (CaPE Lab), a joint research lab between the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Using the recent and ongoing mapping of storm tide pathways we will examine the scientific method, the idea of uncertainty, coastal storms and sea level rise. As educators in a coastal state we need to be well-versed in these areas and provide our students with the relevant information to engage and inspire them to become informed members of society, a society that will continue to be profoundly impacted by climate change.

    Sheri White
    The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI): Collecting Long-Term Coastal and Global Time Series Data
    Sheri is a senior engineer in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. This talk will introduce us to the Ocean Observatories Initiative, including the platforms and instruments that are deployed in the coastal and global oceans, and how quality data is provided to the scientific community and the public.

    Choose two afternoon workshops from a suite of options. All workshops will include classroom-ready activities that are grade-specific and can be tied to standards. These workshops are designed to help you implement the Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards, with a particular focus on using regionally relevant models and data in the classroom. Please go to MME Website for descriptions of the afternoon workshops. You will be able to sign up for workshops on the day of the conference.

    Workshops - Session I: 1:00-1:45
    Workshops - Session II: 1:55-2:40
    Tours 2:50


    Early Bird, Regular and Student registrations include a one-year membership to MME, lunch, social reception, and all conference activities. All memberships run from WHOI Conference to WHOI Conference, so this membership is for April 30th, 2022 to May 1, 2023.

    Membership entitles you to all the services that MME provides, including our quarterly journal, Flotsam and Jetsam, invitations to member events, networking with educators in the field, special member pricing for MME sponsored conferences including BHEC, and full access to MME Website and resources at

    Early Bird Registration: $90 ($60 conference fee + $30 MME Membership) through April 15th, 2022
    (if paying by check it must be received by April 19th to qualify for Early Bird 

    Regular Registration: $95 after April 15th

    Walk-in Registration: $100 Saturday April 30th (lunch not guaranteed)

    Full-time Student: $45 Early Bird ($30 conference and $15 student membership) through April 15th, $50.00 after April 15th, $55 for Walk-in on April 30th

    Lifetime Member conference rate: $55.00

    Institutional Staff Member attendee rate $55.00 *

    *A yearly Institutional Membership rate of $100 allows up to 3 staff from the institution/organization to attend any MME event at the Institutional member rate of $55.00 per person/per event.
    Note: Institutional Membership runs May 1, 2022 to May 1, 2023

    Payment via PayPal is preferable, but checks and PO's are accepted. Use the PayPal option below or please send a check made out to MME for the appropriate amount to:

    Linda McIntosh, 505 Washington Street, Dedham, MA 02026

    Registration questions?
    Please contact Linda McIntosh at
    Conference questions?
    Please contact Grace Simpkins at

  • 22 Mar 2022 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you looking for ways to engage your students in NASA supported Earth Day activities? Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, April 7th at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they welcome Dr. Trena Ferrell from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to dive into NASA lessons and resources to highlight Earth Day!

    Access registration here.


    Also, we are pleased to share our past episodes with you from our updated NASA Community Page. Feel free to watch former episodes and reach out to the guests for further resource information!

    Want to get involved?

    The NASA AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) will be accepting about 25 schools/clubs and are looking for a diverse group to pilot the "Exploring Surface Temperature using a NASA AREN TerraROVER" program. 

    Participating schools will receive instruction on the GLOBE Mission Earth Surface Temperature Measurement protocol, the My NASA Data Urban Heat Island Story Map learning activities and lessons, and more. They will also receive a TerraROVER for their school, with operations training, and data processing and visualization training. This program is appropriate for Grades 5-12.

    ● Workshop Dates: May 17th - 19th (three evenings) 

    ● Workshop Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET 

    ● Training materials will be provided (including a TerraROVER) 

    Apply by April 1st to participate though this link:
  • 17 Mar 2022 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    OpenSciEd Certified Professional Learning Provider


    The Wade Institute for Science Education is an OpenSciEd Certified Professional Learning Provider! Through our interactive professional learning:

    •  explore Phenomena Based Learning and the Anchoring Phenomena Routine
    • align your OpenSciEd units to the Massachusetts Scope and Sequence of Units Recommendation

    • receive both science and pedagogical support provided by Wade Institute for Science Education’s trained educators and our science partners

    • effectively launch OpenSciEd at your school or in your district

    • learn to adapt your existing units to the OpenSciEd model

    • support both teachers and administration in the identification and implementation of OpenSciEd aligned formative and summative assessment

    • dive deep into individual OpenSciEd units


    Contact the Wade Institute to arrange professional learning for your school to prepare for an OpenSciEd launch or to deep dive into the units. Learn more at

  • 17 Mar 2022 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    2022 Summer Professional Development Institutes

    Save the dates for our 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. 

    For Grades 3-8 Educators


    Rivers to Range: Exploring the Geology of the Pioneer Valley

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022



    Investigating Watersheds: From the Mountains to the River Basin

    Dates: July 25th – 29th, 2022


    For Grades 6-12 Educators


    Nature and Design: Connections Between Science, Engineering, and the Natural World

    Dates: July 11th – 15th, 2022



    Utilizing Your Local Ecosystems as Laboratories for Investigations

    Dates: July 18th – 22nd, 2022


    Registration is now open! Learn more at

  • 14 Mar 2022 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This is a free, one-day workshop introduction to community-based project-based learning geared towards high school teachers in any STEAM discipline. The workshop contents are informed from a broader research project being conducted in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT and there may be additional opportunities for continuation in the fall.
    • What: MIT supported free teacher training on community-focused PBL

    • When: April 16th Saturday 9am - 2pm (lunch included) - 1 Day Workshop

    • Where: TBD as we work out building access at MIT

    • WhoHigh school STEM teachers in Metro Boston

    • Why: Learn how to design PBL for your classroom and context

    • How: Show your interest by filling out the registration form by April 1. 

  • 10 Mar 2022 7:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    Focus Workshops


    Connecting Science and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

    A Virtual Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 3-5 Educators

    How can you enhance your teaching strategies for integrating science and literacy in ways that foster critical thinking and sensemaking? Join the Wade Institute for Science Education and the EcoTarium as we explore the use of picture and trade books, as well as other tools for integrating science and literacy skills in the classroom. Learn how to shift your practice to teach your standards-aligned, grade-specific science content by using literature to spark minds-on, hands-on investigations that engage students in the Science and Engineering Practices. Identify ways to use books, discussion, and science writing to teach science. Participate in inquiry-based, phenomena-based investigations that explore engineering and life science topics through the lens of animal behavior. Connect your reading to real life and refine your scientific observation skills by examining the uniqueness of squirrels and other backyard animals. Return to your classroom with ideas and insights from peers along with a toolkit of four books and hands-on materials to immerse your students in science learning!


    Registration Information

    Virtual Sessions: April 28th & May 5th, 12th, 19th, 2022 (3:30 PM – 6:00 PM ET)

    Cost: $350 per person; $300 per person if attending with at least one other teacher from your school district

    10 PDPs 

    Partial scholarships are available.

    Learn more and register online at!

  • 7 Mar 2022 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Storytelling with Data: Students gathering, analyzing and communicating data

    Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers Annual Meeting and Conference 


    Saturday, March 26, 2022  

    A Virtual Event

    Participants will be invited to join a zoom meeting for each presentation and workshop.  

    Keynote Speaker and Workshop Descriptions:

    Morning Keynote

    Paul Anderson - The Wonder of Science and the Science of Wonder.  Wonder is one of our greatest emotions.  It drives us to build knowledge by asking and then answering questions about our world.  Student wonder can be a powerful driver in the classroom as well, however unstructured inquiry can be frustrating to both teachers and learners alike.  In this keynote Paul Andersen will discuss wonder with a special consideration given to the current research on the best practices of teaching science through inquiry.    

    Paul Andersen is an educational consultant and YouTube creator living in Bozeman, MT.  Paul is an experienced educator having taught science in Montana for 20 years.  Paul was the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year, and was also one of four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.  In addition to teaching Paul has created hundreds of YouTube science tutorials that have been viewed millions of times by students around the world.  Paul has provided training for thousands of students, teachers, and administrators around the world.  Paul enjoys providing meaningful professional development that can be applied immediately in the classroom. 

    Afternoon Keynote

    Olivia Corradin - Human Genetics in the Era of Big Data.  Over the last decade advances in sequencing technologies have overhauled the study of human genetics. This has enabled generation of large datasets that can be leveraged to garner new insights into the pathogenesis of disease. Olivia will discuss the strategies utilized to study these datasets and the impact of these studies on our understanding of human health and disease.

    Dr. Corradin graduated with a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry from Marquette University where she worked with Dr. Edward Blumenthal. In 2011, she joined the lab of Peter Scacheri at Case Western Reserve University. Her thesis work focused on the study of genetic and epigenetic dysregulation of gene expression in human disease. Corradin joined Whitehead Institute as a Fellow in July 2016, and became an Institute Member and MIT Assistant Professor of Biology in 2021. Outside of the lab, Corradin is most likely to be found at a local dance studio continuing her love of ballet and contemporary dance.

    More information and registration here. 

  • 25 Feb 2022 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Since 1990, Population Education has been hosting train-the-trainer Institutes to prepare educators to facilitate workshops using our hands-on activities. During the Institute, we will:

    • Demonstrate a range of teaching activities 
    • Share presentation ideas and facilitation strategies 
    • Discuss the many social and ecological issues related to population growth and resource use 

    The learning sessions and materials are designed to prepare educators to present Population Education workshops to teachers and future teachers. The Institute is a must for:

    • Science, social studies, and math education faculty
    •  Nonformal educators who work with teachers at zoos, nature centers, and science centers 
    • K-12 teachers and curriculum specialists who present professional development workshops

    Participants Will Receive

    • An extensive handbook of training materials 
    • The latest edition of our award-winning “dot” video, World Population 
    • Gift bag full of Population Education curricula

    All Costs Covered

    For those chosen to attend the Institute, Population Connection will cover two nights lodging in a private room at the Warren Conference Center and Inn for Friday and Saturday, as well as all meals for the weekend. A travel reimbursement of up to $500 will be available.

    How to Apply

    An application is available on our website, From the home screen, click on the Leadership Institute link under the Trainers Network tab. Space is limited and spots always fill up quickly. Priority will be given to applicants who have clear opportunities during the 2022-2023 school year and beyond to facilitate workshops. The application deadline is March 22, 2022.

  • 17 Feb 2022 7:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    Focus Workshop


    Songbirds and Stewardship: Engaging Your Students with the Science of Migration Through Place-Based Learning and Citizen Science

    A Hybrid Professional Learning Opportunity for Grades 5-8 Educators

    Learn how to engage your students in citizen science through a place-based approach. Get an introduction to the fundamentals of place-based learning, participate in citizen science projects at Manomet, and develop guidelines, strategies and lesson plans to support all students as you establish citizen science environmental monitoring projects relevant to your school community. Bring back to your classroom firsthand experience investigating the phenomena of bird migrations as well as a curriculum packet provided by the Wade Institute for Science Education and Manomet!

    Virtual Sessions: Wednesday, April 27th and Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 (3:30 PM -6:00 PM ET)

    On-Site Session: Saturday, April 30th, 2022 (9:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET) at Manomet

    Cost: $350 per person; $300 per person if attending with at least one other teacher from your school district

    PDPs: 10 PDPs are available

    Partial scholarships are available

     Focus Workshops are multi-day professional learning opportunities that provide a deep dive into content and inquiry investigations focusing on one STEM discipline. Learn more and register online at!

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