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Summer Opportunities

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

UMASS Amherst STEM Ed Program in Earth and Space Science

This program, open to middle and high school teachers, will develop participants' understanding of planetary accretion and evolution and will cover a variety of topics including: the lifetime of planets and comparative planetology using maps. These lessons will also cover pertinant math topics including: scientific notation, significant figues, units, and scale and dimension analysis. The program will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday August 6-8, 2013 at UMASS Amherst. A $150 stipend and materials are provided for each teachers. To apply teachers should submit, in PDF form, a one-page narrative of how they intend the use the information in their classroom, a recent resume, and a letter of support from their principal or superintendent to Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton at Applications are due April 1, 2013 at which time late applications will be accepted only if there is room.

For more information contact Dr. Tanton at the email address above.

Bridgewater State Science and Math Institute

Bridgewater State University is holding a 5 day summer institute July, 8 to July 12, 2013 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) for PreK to 8th grade teachers. The institute offers graduate-level courses in mathematics and science that incorporate standards-based content and instructional strategies with educational research and the application of research findings to improve classroom instruction.

Courses are taught by master practitioners in consultation with BSU science, math, and education faculty, and all classes will be held in BSU’s new science building. There will be contests (with prizes!), food, guest speakers, and other special events planned as well. The themes for 2013 are integrating engineering practices and standards of mathematical practice from the Common Core into Prek-8 science and math curricula. Dr. Anne Collins, who will be giving a keynote address focusing on  assessment related to the Common Core, and Dr. Jacob Foster, who will  be giving a keynote address focusing on the Next Generation Science  Standards. Both are leading experts on the topics, and we are thrilled  they will be able to join us.

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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

UMASS Nanotechnology Summer Institute 2013

Nanotechnology deals with materials on the scale of nanometers. Applications of this rapidly growing field include regenerative medicine, construction materials of  unprecedented strength, ultra-high performance computers, more efficient solar photovoltaic cells, and much more. The UMass Nanotechnology Summer Institute will explore the basic science and engineering concepts of this exciting new field, and will  illustrate how they may be integrated into the usual math, science  and technology courses in middle schools and high schools. The  content and pedagogy will be aligned with the Massachusetts Science  and Technology/Engineering Framework. Graduate credit and PDPs are available. The Institute will run from Monday July, 8th- Friday July, 12th at UMass Amherst. Applications are due on April 1, 2013 and then as space is availble.

For more information, cost, and application instrucions visit:

Earth and Space Science Course

The NSF and the STEM Education Institute at UMass Amherst are sponsoring a three-day course on Earth and Space Science for middle and high school teachers. These classes will develop participants' understanding of planetary accretion and the place of the Earth in the solar system. A few of the topics covered include the lifetime of a planet and the origin of volcanoes. The course will run over Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 6-8, 2013 at UMass Amherst. 9:00am to 3:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9:00am to 12:00pm on Thursday. A $150 stipend and materials are provided for each teacher as well as free PDPs. For the application package teachers should include a one-page narrative statement of how they intend to use the information in their classroom, a recent resume, and a letter of support from their school principal or superintendent. These items should be emailed as pdfs to Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton at by April 1, 2013. For more information, questions should also be directed to Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Carnegie Institution for Science at the email address provided above.

The Climate Education in the Age of Media (CAM) Project

The CAM project at the University of Massachusetts Lowell invites you to two 3-day summer workshops for secondary and post-secondary science educators to combine student-created media production and climate change. Gain the tools needed to quickly ramp up to the Next Generation  Science Standards at a workshop that combines climate science,  systems thinking, and science communications skills through media  production. Tackle your media anxieties and tap into the excitement  around media production, using easy-to-use lesson plans that bring  student media production into any instructional environment. The first workshop will be held between June 26-28, 2013 at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) Media Arts Studio, the second between July 9-11, 2013 at the Media Center, University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus. Teachers will receive a stipend and PDPs upon request. For more information on the June workshop visit : and for the July workshop, visit: questions should be directed to Marian Grogan via email 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