Five College Consortium

Five College Partnership Programs

Science and Math

Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and certificate of completion. The workshop will be held on Saturday June 15, 2013 ,9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m, at the Springfield Science Museum.  The workshop cost $25/person and pre-registration required. Please contact Pam Landry at or (508) 389-6310. Registration deadline June 3, 2013

Summer Professional Development Workshops at Mass Academy/WPI

Teaching Physics Through Modeling, August 8th and 9th, 8am-2pm at Mass Academy

Learn how to use a guided inquiry modeling approach to teach high level physics concepts.  In this workshop, participants will explore methods for teaching students to reason and think critically using  data to develop, analyze and modify scientific models.

Using Case Studies to Promote Technical Literacy in an Anatomy and Physiology Class, July 29th and August 1st, 8am-2pm at WPI Campus Center

 Participate in an immunology case study to explore how this pedagogical method engages students in real-world medical scenarios  while strengthening their technical literacy. The workshop will cover how to effectively use various types of case studies including: directed, clicker, interrupted, and role-play. How to access and utilize the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. How to place and assess students in cooperative groups. The workshop will provide: strategies for the development, implementation, and assessment of  medical case studies, models for integrating literacy and technology into a biology classroom, and electronic handouts and rubrics for all lessons.

Strategies for Facilitating Cooperative Learning in a Student Center, Project-Based Learning Classroom, July 16th and 18th or 22th and 24th, 8am-2pm at WPI Campus Center

A workshop for middle school and high school science and engineering teachers on the strategies for setting up and maintaining a student  centered classroom with a focus on ways to facilitate cooperative  learning within a project-based learning curriculum. The workshop will include:How to place students in cooperative groups to maximize engagement  and learning, how to assess students individually when working on a group assessment, how to assign roles within a cooperative group, how to use journaling as a formative assessment tool, how to use rubrics as a formative and evaluative assessment, how to use project-based learning to engage students and promote  inquiry.

The workshop will provide: Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues who are engaged in problem-based curricula around topics such as cooperative learning,  electronic handouts and templates for all assignments, strategies for assessing and maintaining journals, strategies for classroom setup and equipment management.

 For more information or to register, contact Shari Weaver at (508) 831-4888 or at

Engineering is Elementary Curriculum Test

Engineering is Elementary, a curriculum project at the Museum of Science, is developing a hands-on workshop that will focus on the meaningful integration of engineering and science with Common Core Math State Standards in elementary classrooms. We invite Boston-area teachers to participate in the workshop pilot test. Pilot test dates are July 15 and 16, 2013.  Participating teachers  will receive a $100 stipend plus a free EiE teacher guide. Meals, parking, and free admission to the Museum are also included. 

For more information email

Summer Science Opportunity for High School Students

Harvard Medical School Medscience Program is offering (3) one week  sessions this summer. We accept 12 students per course and the program incorporates a hands-on, experiential pedagogy using patient simulators (a life-like mannequin that doctors train on) integrating basic science and clinical judgment under the guidance of Harvard Medical School faculty mentors. During the one-week intensive course, students use the simulator as their patient. The students are organized in small groups for interactive case-based sessions including individual and group feedback. The curriculum is centered around three seminal medical cases (Asthma, Heart attack and Diabetes) that serve to illustrate the role of basic and clinical biomedical science in modern healthcare. Students are exposed to concepts from physics, biology, and chemistry, and they are taught - through personal experience - the principles of teamwork, problem solving, and communication. During the programs, students will receive a Basic Life Support certification, reflecting their acquisition of a crucial life skill.

If you have questions or would like an application please contact Julie Joyal, Program Director at additional information on our web site

Children's Books in the Classroom

With all the buzz about the Common Core for ELA and its potential to impact curriculum in all content areas, STEM educators, as well as others interested in bringing ELA experiences into their classroom are invited to attend a special workshop offered by the Society of  Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators-New England. This program, From Creative Process to Curriculum Connections: Childrens Books in  the Classroom will be held on Saturday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.  3:30  p.m. at the Erick Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.

Registration is required ($25) by March 15. Bring a colleague and enjoy the opportunity to hear from accomplished panelists including faculty from Lesley University and published childrens authors. While not targeted specifically for STEM fields, the content is flexible enough to be useful to any educator looking to bring reading and writing into their classrooms.Topics include: Developing Curriculum  Connections for Fiction, Exploring Picture Book Biography, and Writers Research and Craft. Plan to leave inspired and with ideas you can use in your classroom.

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars, Spring 2013

There are two more class of this semester's Saturday seminars. On March 2, 2013, Chemist, Julian Tyson will be leading a workshop entitled How Much Arsenic Do we Eat? about food contamination and food regulation. Activities will include digital image examination so bring a laptop and digital camera if available. The last workshop on March 9, 2013 is entitled Patterns Around Us and will focus on pattern recognition, analysis and predictions. The workshops are held in Lederle Grad Towers 1033 (except as noted) at UMass Amherst from 9:30am -1:00pm. Four PDPs are available for a half day session. Advanced registration is required.

For seminar registration and payment:

Any questions should be directed at Mort Sternheim at (413) 545-1908 or at


Stem Digital Images in Geoscience Investigations: Teaching Analysis with Light

This NSF funded program for middle and high school STEM teachers will use AnalyzingDigitalImages software which provides free, easy-to-use tools for spatial, temporal, spectral, and intensity measurements. It will show how digital image analysis can be applied to environmental quality issues in ways that can readily be introduced into STEM courses, engaging students and encouraging them to think about related careers.

The program runs from Monday June 24, - Friday June 28, 2013

Stipends, PDP's and graduate school credit are available.

For application forms and more information:
Contact: Voice: 413-545-0734, fax: 413-545-3697

NOVA:scienceNOW: Explore Teacher's Guides

The vast and fascinating world of science and technology is made accessible and interesting via NOVA's fine programs. This particular website was designed by NOVA's scienceNOW group, and it offers a wide range of teacher's guides designed to be used in conjunction with the scienceNOW programs. The guides are divided into thirteen topical areas, including "Mathematics", "Physics" and "space Science". The activities within each area are designed to be used before and after viewing the scienceNOW programs, and they include activities around primate evolution, the 1918 flu epidemic, and mass extinctions. Visitors can also look over science news updates, as well as research projects like Einsten@home, which deals with looking into waves from space.
Visit the website at :

Great Science for Girls

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Great Science for Girls has seven programs operated by intermediary organizations to provide informal opportunities for elementary to high school grade girls to explore science. Some of the programs focus specifically on astronomy, women scientists, engineering, and scientific inquiry. The website provides program information as well as information on "Status and Participation of Women in STEM", "Effective Practices in STEM", and "Afterschool Program Effectiveness". For any educator looking to encourage young women to discover STEM disciplines, this site is well worth a visit at

The Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching Digital Library

Sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors Program, the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching is designed to "enhance undergraduate biology education by training a new generation of 'scientific teachers." The hope is that these new instructors will bring the rigor and spirit of science research to teaching. The program is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and partners have worked to create the materials for this very nice digital library. On this site, users will find twenty different units designed to get young people excited about science. Visitors can scroll through the offerings here, including "Going Viral!" and "Microbial Ecology, Evolution, and Symbiosis". Each unit includes a teacher's guide, along with a listing of primary goals and supplemental materials. Visit the website at :

Computer Simulations for Teachers (ITOP)

The Department of Physics and the School of Education at Boston University are continuing their offering of graduate courses for physics teachers. Chemistry and Mathematics teachers are welcome as well. The courses are part of the sequence Improving the Teaching of Physics (Project ITOP)NS 548 Computer Modeling Section A1 (2 credits). Learn Easy Java and create your own simulations for teaching. Meets at Boston University on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30.
For more information visit:
Contact Andrew Duffy (617)353-9089 at or
Peter Garik (617)353-4735