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  • 27 Jan 2022 5:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers

    2022 Virtual Conference

    Saturday, March 26, 2022

    Storytelling with Data 

    Students gathering, analyzing and communicating data

    As science educators, we have the power to inspire and equip our students with the abilities to read, manipulate, visualize and communicate data. These data literacy skills are essential to understanding personal genomics, climate change, and of course disease risks + prevention.  Join our distinguished keynote speakers and workshop presenters as we explore 21st Century tools.  The 2022 MABT virtual conference will provide valuable lessons and ideas for participants to bring back to their classrooms.

    Featured topics include:

    • Daily Data.  Create opportunities for learners to recognize the relevancy of data in their everyday lives.

    • Science for Everyone.  Encourage ALL students to ask their own scientific questions and generate datasets. 

    • Learning from Failure.  Develop guided and open inquiry lessons where students can reflect and grow from mistakes.

    • Data is Not Scary!  Help students make complex data meaningful.

    • Sharable Science.  Create innovative methods for students to communicate their findings.

     → Click here to learn more about the 2022 Virtual MABT Conference

    Please visit us online:Website,Facebook,Twitter

  • 20 Dec 2021 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are your students looking for opportunities to become NASA scientists? Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NASA/NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, January 6th at 7pm CT as they learn about the STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer Intern Program that engages student interns to view and investigate NASA remote sensing data, mission design, analysis of ice sheets, Earth's gravity field, and other observations while being mentored by project scientists. 

    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!

  • 18 Oct 2021 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for the upcoming 3-D Thursdays for Rural Educators on Thursday, Nov 4th at 7pm CT to learn about the variety of available NASA citizen science projects spanning all three scientific domains (Life, Physical, and Earth & Space). Projects can be conducted regardless of educators’ unique geographic locations and can meet the content and age-level needs of your classrooms.

    This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12.

    Access registration HERE!

  • 5 Oct 2021 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    STEM teachers! A PD opportunity through Salem State Collaborative Project starts on October 18, 2021. 

    It is called Strategies for Science, Technology, and Engineering and it is an online, 4 week workshop that highlights beneficial strategies to support the teaching of Science, Technology, and Engineering.

    Sessions will include differentiating practices for diverse learners and STEAM. All strategies are adaptable to grades 3-12. This workshop directly fulfills the DESE Individual Professional Development plan requirement of 15 PDPs in STEM content (subject matter knowledge). 

     Register at: https://sites.google.com/salemcollaborativeproject.com/ssc/workshops/current-workshops 

    Cost is $25 for member schools and $100 for non-member schools for the pdps.  

  • 26 Sep 2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please join us for our Fall Workshop to learn more and to further develop your skills in brining STEM and invention to the classroom.


    This new training is specific for anyone teaching YIP for the first time. Educators will participate in a multi-session training to learn about how invention supports STEM standards and develops 21st century skills, while also becoming familiar with the YIP curriculum and invention convention. We will engage in lively discussions, best practice sharing, and hands-on activities. We are offering 2 separate workshops to better accommodate schedules. Please register for just one. (Note, each workshop consists of two, 2 hour sessions).


    YIP In Your Classroom (2 part, virtual workshop)

    Thursday, October 14 AND 21, 4:00-6:00pm

    REGISTER here: YIP In Your Classroom Oct 14 & 21 Registration



    Wednesday, October 27 AND November 3, 3:30-5:30pm

    REGISTER here: YIP In Your Classroom Oct 27 & Nov 3 Registration

  • 26 Sep 2021 6:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Young Inventors’ Program of the University of New Hampshire’s Leitzel Center is a K-12 project-based learning experience that provides hands-on STEM enrichment opportunities as educators guide students through the invention process to solve problems while applying STEM learning and gaining 21st century skills. The YIP Curriculum and supporting materials are available for FREE to schools and programs. YIP is adaptable to all learning environments and formats and flexible enough to meet diverse students needs, and applicable to a broad range of disciplines, and it is accessible to anyone.

    Exploring Engineering Design with the Young Inventors' Program

    Celebrate Mass STEM Week with the Young Inventors' Program!
    Explore strategies to bring engineering design into your classroom with an introduction to the Young Inventors' Program. This K-12 project-based curriculum meets core standards, including the NGSS, and provides hands-on STEM activities to take students on an invention journey through the design process, culminating in a showcase of original inventions that may lead to local, regional, national and international competitions. Learners will have an opportunity for expression and creativity as they develop and practice higher-order thinking skills. This workshop will provide you with all of the resources you need to bring the Young Inventors’ Program curriculum to your classroom – all FREE for your school.


    Online Workshop

    Tuesday, October 19


    Link to Register:  https://learnforlife.unh.edu/portal/events/reg/participantTypeSelection.do?method=load&entityId=153185010

  • 17 Sep 2021 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for the upcoming 3-D Thursdays for Rural Educators on Thursday, Oct 7th at 7pm CT to learn how to enhance your role as a STEM educator and leader through paid fellowship opportunities at Federal agencies!

    This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12.

    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!

  • 12 Sep 2021 7:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wade Institute for Science Education

    STEM Week Challenge: Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, MA

    How can you empower your students to see themselves in STEM by putting their skills to the test to solve real-world problems that can occur due to extreme weather events? Engage your students in a unique experience that integrates science concepts and the engineering design process in an exciting way! Join the Wade Institute for Science Education, Salem Sound Coastwatch, and Lloyd Center for the Environment from October 18-22, 2021 for the STEM Week Challenge: Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, Massachusetts.
    What’s the Challenge? Imagine that a category 6 hurricane has hit Storm City, MA. The city has been flooded by 14 inches of rain and faces several problems that MUST be solved by your engineering team! You must find a way to evacuate people to safety and move floodwaters out of homes and businesses that are without electricity using an innovative design or an alternative source of energy. Students will be challenged to: 1) build a transport vessel that will move 25 people and remain afloat for five minutes and; 2) build a water movement system using gravity or alternative sources of energy to move water 2 km away from homes and businesses.

    Teachers, your students won’t have all the fun! Experience Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, MA from the student perspective during an inquiry-based, interactive pre-challenge professional development workshop. Learn how the phenomena-based challenge will allow you to use grade-level appropriate science and technology concepts that address Massachusetts curriculum standards and incorporate engineering concepts with physical and earth science disciplinary core ideas.
    Pre-Challenge Teacher Workshop
    Hosted by: Wade Institute for Science Education; Salem Sound Coastwatch; Lloyd Center for the Environment
    Option 1: Saturday, September 18th (8:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET)
    Option 2: Tuesday, September 28th and Wednesday, September 29th (3:30 PM - 6:00 PM ET)
    Location: Virtual Session(s)
    Cost: FREE
    Support: All registered teachers will receive a curriculum guide and support from the three sponsoring organizations. Massachusetts teachers who participate in the pre-challenge teacher workshop will also receive a kit of materials for the challenge.
    The Massachusetts STEM Week is sponsored by the Executive Office of Education and the MA STEM Advisory Council. The STEM Week Challenge is funded by a grant from the MA STEM Advisory Council. Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, MA is designed for middle school students but is easily adaptable for upper elementary or high school students. It can take place in your classroom or in remote learning settings. During the week of October 25th, students will have an opportunity to participate in a virtual challenge showcase to share their innovative solutions to real-world problems.
    Register for just the Challenge, or for both the Pre-Challenge Teacher Workshop and the Challenge. Sign up at wadeinstitutema.org or email wadeinstitute@wadeinstitutema.org for more information. 
  • 12 Sep 2021 7:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PeBLES2 - a project of MMSA and BSCS - aims to design and investigatelocally adaptable three-dimensional instructional materialsand professional learning for elementary science. We work with teachers, scientists, and researchers to co-design locally adaptable units of instruction and professional learning to dig deeply into the science sensemaking and localization process. PeBLES2 teachers will be able to confidently “choose-their-own adventure”, making small or big tweaks to unit instructional bases to root science sensemaking into their “place”. 

    We are looking for fourth-grade teachers who are willing to help shape the design and development of a new, 4th grade, unit of study as members of our Teacher Steering Committee.


    September 15, 2021 - June 30, 2022


    We are looking for teachers who have…

    1. Experience with science teaching in the upper elementary grades.

    2. Expertise in teaching science, engineering, place-based learning, exceptional learners, emergent multilingual learners, ELA/math integration, and/or the NGSS. 

    3. Interest in and/or experience with NGSS curriculum design

    4. Are located in an Eastern Time Zone locale

    5. Availability to meet for an initial design conference (~2 days in September or October, substitute costs will be covered)

    6. Availability to devote ~4-6 hours per month to the design portion of the project (September, 2021 - January, 2022 - with the most intensive months anticipated in November, December, and January)

    7. Ability to teach science approximately 3 hours per week from March - June.

    Expectations (Design Phase):

    1. Attend a 2 day unit design conference

    2. Attend meetings approximately 1x per month

    3. Provide reviews of key unit documents and lessons. 

    4. Draft specific teacher guidance for lesson plans or unit documents related to the teacher’s area of expertise.

    5. Draft mock-up examples of localizations and/or activities to share as part of the materials.  

    6. Pilot or test lessons or parts of lessons with students and provide feedback

    Expectations (Pilot Phase):

    1. Implement an approximately 6-8 week science unit of study designed for fourth grade. Note: duration of the unit will depend on how much time is allotted to science instruction weekly. Ideally, teachers would budget approximately 3 hours a week for science instruction.

    2. Meet weekly (1 hour) with PeBLES2 curriculum developers, researchers and other pilot teachers to share feedback on the materials and examples of student work.  

    3. Commit to approximately 4 hours per month of asynchronous work (including but not limited to keeping an instructional log, filling out surveys, giving feedback on design, etc.).

    Tentative timeline and expectations for pilot teacher participation


    Example Activities with Approximate Timing

    Pre unit implementation, February 2022

    Online pre-survey (20-30 min)

    During unit implementation, February - June 2022

    Activities in class

    Unit pilot (~6 weeks)

    Classroom observations (in person or videoconference)

    Activities after school

    1x per week meeting during unit pilot (1 hour per week)

    Exit tickets (15 min per week)

    Online mid-survey (20-30 min)

    Post unit implementation,  June 2022

    Online post-survey (20-30 min)

    Post-unit implementation interview (in-person, phone, or video conference)


    1. Opportunity to help shape groundbreaking curricular materials through a co-design process.

    2. Ongoing professional development around NGSS implementation and curricular design.

    3. Growing a national network of teachers and researchers.

    4. Keep all pilot unit materials and resources.


    1. TEACHER STEERING COMMITTEE: $3500 stipend

    Please complete this Application for Steering Committee consideration and submit any questions to: Kate Cook, PeBLES2 PI, kcook@mmsa.org

  • 31 Aug 2021 9:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you looking to participate in Mass STEM Week programming?

    Educators, join us virtually on Wednesday, September 8 from 4:30pm-6:00pm to hear about opportunities from MetroWest institutions/organizations and hosts of state-sponsored Design Challenges!

    Register now to join us on September 8!

    Presenters Confirmed for September 8's Meeting:

    BoSTEM and United Way

    Teachers will support their students in local data collection and synthesis to build a social justice message and project around equity in the city of Boston.

    Kids in Tech

    Students can visualize AI, understand how these systems affect the way our world works, and appreciate the potential they have to change the future.

    Engineering for Resilience: Exploring Threats to the New England Grid by Gale Force Education

    Students will design, test, and improve power grid system components and a model power grid system.

    Hurricane Heroes! Storm City, Massachusetts by the Wade Institute for Science Education

    Students can learn about storms and their impact and incorporate engineering concepts with physical and earth science disciplinary core ideas.

    MassBay Community College

    Workshops for improving communication skills; opportunities to learn about MassBay's STEM programs, personnel, and resources; and career panels with STEM professionals.

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