WPI STEM Education Center


March 13 & 14, 4:00-6:30pm
Join a group of STEM enthusiasts to connect, laugh, and do STEM. The MS/HS teacher STEM Club will focus on understanding the properties of materials and how they affect the stability of structures when forces are applied. The ELEM teacher STEM Club will “Explore Electricity!”Visit our webpage to find out more and join the fun.

High School STEM Internship Colloquium

Thursday, March 21, 2:00-4:30pm at WPI 
Join MassHire Central, the STEM Education Center at WPI, and the Central MA STEM Network for its first STEM internship colloquium. The Colloquium brings together STEM industry employers and high school educators to discuss the importance and impact of paid STEM internships on both high school students and local employers, as well as the ways these internships can be structured. The event is free but requires registration by Wednesday, March 6. Learn more and register now…

Exploring Modeling at the EcoTarium

Thursday, April 25, 9:00am-3:30pm
The STEM Education Center at WPI and the EcoTarium have teamed to create this PD that unpacks the second NGSS practice: Developing and Using Models. In the morning, participants will examine a variety of ways to model/represent a phenomenon and engage in a hands-on engineering activity. In the afternoon, participants will explore the planetarium as a model and go on a scavenger hunt to find models in the museum that correlate to their STE standards. Learn more... Registration will open soon, but you can email Donna Taylor at dltaylor@wpi.edu to reserve your spot.

Summer STEM PD for Educators

Registration opens March 1
Want to STEM up your summer? Join one of the STEM/STEAM focused summer PDs taking place at WPI: robotics for educators, engineering stories, makerspaces, modeling, STEM Educator Certificate Course, and more. Registration will open March 1. Learn more (scroll down for summer PDs)...

Wade Institute for Science Education

New Name, Same High-Quality Content

Effective January, 2019, the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS, Inc.) has changed its name to the Wade Institute for Science Education. Information about programs and services can be found at www.wadeinstitutema.org.

Lighting the Way with Wind and Solar: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future

In this 2-day focus workshop, middle and high school educators will connect with scientists and educators from the Wade Institute and Mass Audubon to fuse inquiry-based learning with sustainable energy content and come away energized!

Dates: Friday, March 22nd, and Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center (1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950)

Cost: $145 (includes lunch both days and a kit of materials)

13 PDPs are available for this workshop.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 15th, 2019

Register online: http://wadeinstitutema.org/focus-workshops

Download a brochure 

2019 Summer Professional Development Institutes

Engaging Your Students in the Science and Engineering Practices

Join us for your choice of hands-on, minds-on, STEM-focused professional  development institutes held across Massachusetts. Spend a week with fellow teachers on-site at multiple partner organizations, and experience effective, inquiry-based science learning! 

Dates: Weekdays, July 8-12 or July 15-19

Cost: $425 per participant ($400 per participant if attending with 1 other teacher from your school district; $375 per participant if attending with 2 or more teachers from your school district)

Early Bird Discount Available – register and submit payment before March 31st, 2019 to receive an additional $25 off of your registration cost.

PDPs and optional Graduate Credit are available in all regions.

Registration Deadline: June 1st, 2019

Register online: http://wadeinstitutema.org/spdi-k12

Details for each regional institute:
Berkshire Region

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Thinkers and Tinkerers: Using Biomimicry to Teach Engineering and Life Science

Partners: Flying Cloud Institute; MA Museum of Contemporary Art; The Chamberlain Group; Sabic Manufacturing; Miss Hall’s School; Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; Nature Matters

Dates: July 8-12; June 15 On-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course

Cape Cod Region

One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

Go Under the Sea with STEM: Investigating Marine Life from Open Ocean to Coastal Shores

Partners: National Marine Life Center; Lloyd Center for the Environment; Atlantic White Shark Conservancy; Tufts University; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Dates: July 15-19; June 15 One-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course

Housing is available for this region.

North Central Region

One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators

It’s Not Just Chemistry: Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges

Partners: Beyond Benign; Fitchburg State College; Revolving Museum; Harvard Forest

Dates: July 15-19; June 22 On-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course

Housing is available for this region.

Southeast Region

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Inquiry and Innovation: How Science Informs Engineering Solutions

Collaborators: Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary; AccuRounds; North Easton Machine; Sensata

Dates: July 15-19; June 22 On-Site Introductory Session; Call-back dates will be set during the course

Assistant Education Director position announcement: https://wadeinstitutema.org/jobs

Bio Teach Offering FREE PD for Teachers March 23 at MIT

Mass BioEd's Bio Teach program offers teachers professional development programs bringing together resources from universities, biotech companies, and veteran educators to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge to implement innovative life science labs and develop cutting-edge life sciences curricula. Bio Teach workshops qualify for PDPs and, in some cases, graduate credit. Register today for "Exploring Personal Genetics with PCR," Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at MIT. Participants will isolate their own DNA and use PDR to amplify the gene responsible for the ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). They will then determine their genotype through restriction enzyme analysis and electrophoresis.  Participants will also explore personal genetics through a complementary lab that simulates the identification of individuals' genotypes for the D1S80 VNTR (variable number tandem repeats) locus. Click here to register.

Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair


Teach "Real World" Science & Engineering Practices

Special Offering of Professional Development Courses!

 From MSEF's Curious Minds Initiative (CMI)

TSIP - Teaching Science through the Inquiry Process

Practical Strategies to infuse more science & engineering practices into your teaching

June 24-June 28 & November 16, 2019

CLICK HERE to view the TSIP video

*Online Course on ZOOM!!

GRIPS - Guiding Research and Innovation Projects by Students

Tools to guide student research & manage your “Science Fair Program”

Five Online Sessions, 4-6:30pm: March 11, 12, 14,18 & 19, 2019

PCS - Project-based Classroom Science

Develop project-based units to teach science and engineering concepts

Available In Your District - Contact Us to Learn More

Open to STEM teachers grades 6-12

Complete all three graduate-credit CMI Courses & earn the STEM Certificate in

Science & Engineering Practices


Invention Education Summer Workshop - Massachusetts


July 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM to July 31, 2019 - 5:00 PM


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Educating for Creativity and Inventiveness

The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been celebrating outstanding inventors and working to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers for twenty five years. We are now working to share what we have learned with educators across the U.S. as we believe that the development of creative and inventive mindsets is critical to young people’s ability to thrive in today’s technologically driven, rapidly changing world.

Who should attend: Educators of all grade levels, after school professionals, or other educators who want to enrich students' educational experience through invention. 

What will you learn: The workshop will develop educators’ capacity to help kids learn to think and act as an inventor while developing a solution to a real-world problem. The workshop includes strategies for the effective use of JV InvenTeam activity guides made available free of charge on our website here.

Why participate with us: We have helped 243 high school teachers and student teams across the country learn to invent. Case studies and research publications offer evidence that our approach to invention education helps students develop confidence in their ability to engage in STEM and pursue STEM college and career pathways, even if they have had little exposure in the past to STEM. Our evidence-based model also transforms educators’ approach to teaching and facilitating student learning, and helps schools and districts make connections to STEM professionals in their communities and other community supporters. You can read our case studies and published research here.

Cost: Registration is $1,500 per participant and includes lunch and workshop materials. Space is limited to 30 educators at each site. We will maintain a waitlist once the registration limit is reached.

Contact: Email Emily Meehan if you have any questions. You can also contact her directly at 617-253-3410.

Free 1-Day PD in Science and Math

Grades 1-6 teachers and coaches (such as instructional technology specialists) who are interested in integrating computational thinking into their mathematics or science classes are invited to attend a free, one-day professional development session in February or March. Participants will:

  • build a shared understanding of the complementary digital literacy and computer science, mathematics, or science and technology/engineering standards by grade level and

  • learn strategies and structures that will strengthen and balance computational thinking and math and science instruction and learning.

Participants will learn about integrated curricula and will have time to work through grade-specific activities. Mini-grants are available for teachers who implement the integrated units this school year and provide feedback.
The one-day sessions will each run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be held on February 2 in Waltham, February 9 in West Springfield, and March 2 in Southeastern Massachusetts. Please register online.

Code.org computer science workshops now available in Massachusetts

Did you know that there are Code.org professional learning workshops for teachers here in Massachusetts? Applications are currently open for the 2019-20 Professional Learning Program for middle and high school teachers.

Here in Massachusetts, there are over 16,800 open computing jobs. However, last year only 4,181 students took the AP Computer Science exam. Looking beyond jobs in tech, computer science opens up more opportunities than any other discipline and ensures students are well prepared for the future, no matter what field they pursue. All students deserve the opportunity to learn and it can start in your school — with you!

Designed to support middle and high school teachers before and during their first year teaching Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles, the Code.org Professional Learning Program begins with a five-day, in-person summer workshop followed by four additional sessions throughout the year. Best of all? No previous experience teaching computer science is needed.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We look forward to reviewing your application and to seeing you at a Code.org workshop soon!

Elementary School Teachers
We welcome elementary school teachers to sign up year-round for our no-cost, high-quality one-day professional development workshops for Computer Science Fundamentals courses from an experienced computer science facilitator.

Ready to take your leadership to the next level?
Applications are now available for our next cohort of Code.org facilitators!

Code.org's Facilitator Development Program is a highly-selective professional learning program designed to prepare and support facilitators to deliver quality workshops on Code.org's curriculum. We're looking to partner with enthusiastic educators to help deliver in-person workshops for CS Fundamentals, CS Discoveries, and CS Principles teachers in the 2019-2020 school year. 

Be sure to read through the 2019-20 Facilitator Development Program Overview for details about the specific program commitments, and apply today!

2019 Modeling Workshops

 The winter break is over and it is time to start making summer plans, summer professional development plans included! Modeling Workshops are hosted each summer all over the country and we are still trying to get to other nations as well. Workshops are typically 2 or 3 weeks long to learn how to use the Modeling pedagogy in the different disciplines. You as teacher, will take on the role of your students, to experience what they will do with this different learning (and teaching) style and after activities, in teacher-mode you will debrief with the leaders who are also classroom teachers and know what works (and does not work) in their own classrooms.

For more information on Modeling Instruction, please visit our website:https://modelinginstruction.org/ or https://www.phystec.org/pd/?set=Modeling

July 8-19 – Chemistry I and II, Biology, Middle School and CASTLE at Needham High School, Needham MA

Contact STEMteachersMassBay: info@stemteachersmassbay.org

Information: https://tinyurl.com/MassModeling2019

July 15-25 -- Mechanics at Merrimack College, New Andover

July 29- August 9 -- E&M at Merrimack College


Contact Darren Broder dbroder@siena.edu

STEM Education Center at WPI

STEM for All: A Focus on Diversity, Equity, Access, & Inclusion

Wednesday, February 20, 8:30-11:30am & 12:30-3:30pm
In preparation for National Engineers Week, the STEM Education Center at WPI offers a free professional development focused on making sure STEM is equitable for all students. This interactive workshop is run in two parts. The morning session is an introduction to diversity and equity in STEM education, building shared understanding on how bias, stereotypes, and other societal factors often exclude certain student identities, making it harder for them to pursue STEM majors and careers. In the afternoon, we will do a deeper dive into these topics. Participants will ultimately create individual goals and plan ways to make STEM more accessible for all. Learn more and register...

Using Phenomena and Discourse to Develop Meaningful, Equitable Science Instruction (3 credits)

CI971-R517 Usings Phenomena and Discourse to Develop Meaningful, Equitable Science Instruction (3 credits)

$715 Mem/ $815 Non Mem

Tuesdays: Feb 5-April 23 - 4:00-8:00 pm

Grafton High School - 24 Providence Street - Grafton, MA

Instructor: Kathleen Renfrew                                                                                                                                       

For all PreK-5 Teachers

This course is meant to enhance  the science instruction of in-service PreK-6 teachers. Phenomena & science talk is used to create a learning environment that fosters the engagement of students in the science and engineering practices, Participants will develop and refine foundational knowledge necessary for supporting and scaffolding children’s scientific thinking. A shared vision of meaningful and equitable science instruction will be constructed through exploring phenomena, investigation, science talk, real -time classroom work, videos, and assigned reading. Emphasis will be placed on the role and use of hands-on materials, resources, and technology that encourage the development of fundamental concepts outlined in the MA 2016 Framework of Science, Technology and Engineering. French River Education Center.

American Meteorological Society (AMS) to offer distance learning professional development courses

With generous federal grant support, AMS is able to offer distance learning professional development courses to teachers for only the academic fee of $105 per course (which includes all course text materials).  Each course offers three graduate credits.  The three courses are DataStreme Atmosphere, DataStreme Ocean, and DataStreme Earth’s Climate System, and more information on each is provided here: https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/education-careers/education-program/k-12-teachers/datastreme-program/.  These courses provide terrific foundational knowledge that can help teachers better present these scientific subjects in support of the state science requirements.

(This spring is the last semester our funding will allow us to offer the courses at a fee of $105.  Starting in fall of 2019, the fees will rise to $450 – which is still a great deal for three graduate credits, but not as great as what we can offer the spring semester starting this January.)