Engage in Inquiry-based Science Learning During MITS Summer Institutes

MITS 2018 Summer Professional Development Institutes

Where: Choose from 6 Regions

When: Weekdays, July 9–13 or July 16–20, 2018

  • Learn how to use the Science and Engineering Practices in your classroom and how they relate to science inquiry.

  • Explore STEM resources in your community.

  • Discover how to adapt your current curriculum to meet the revised MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards.

  • Become part of a network of teachers from your region and across the state.

July 9-13:  

Cape Cod Region: From Land to Sea: Practicing Sustainability, Modeling Solutions.  (Middle and High School) Learn about human threats to Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts’ coastal environment and animals. Explore sustainable farming techniques and solutions that make a difference to ocean sustainability.

Partners:  National Marine Life Center, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, YMCA Camp Burgess Farm & Hayward, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

MetroWest Region: Landscapes for Learning: A Natural Confluence of Science, Literacy, Mathematics and Place-based Pedagogy (Grades 3-8)

Collect data from local rivers and ponds, explore landscapes that have inspired a confluence of science and ideas for centuries, and learn effective strategies for using nature journals, science notebooks and other literacy tools in your classroom.
Partners: Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Walden Woods 

Concord Museum

Berkshire Region: Going Green with your Students: The Science and Engineering Behind Clean Energy. (Grades 3-8) Experiment with solar, hydroelectric, wind, and biomass technologies. Explore and develop strategies to help students incorporate engineering design practices into renewable energy projects

Partners: Flying Cloud Institute, Trustees of Reservations, Center for EcoTechnology

Central Region: Parts and Purpose: Using Inquiry to Explore Structure and Function in Nature’s Laboratory.  (Grades 3-8)   Investigate how birds, insects, and seeds move through their environment, and explore the co-evolution of the pollen-collecting adaptations of bumblebees and the bee-attracting adaptations of flowers. Partners: Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

July 16-20:

North Shore Region: Investigating Ecosystems and Assessing Human Impact, (Grades 3-8 ) How are humans helping or harming local habitats? Explore ways to Investigate how humans are impacting local habitats through your own schoolyard, and in the world around you. Learn about citizen-science projects that will have them collecting real, local data that can be used by scientists.

Partners: Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Glen Urquhart School, Plum Island Ecosystems LTER

Southeast Region: Inquiring Minds Want to Know: How to Use Marine Science and Technology in the Classroom (Grades 3-8)

Design floats to meet buoyancy criteria, engineer prosthetics for ocean animals, and investigate water-sampling techniques. Experiment with tools, methods, and techniques to make marine science and technology more accessible to students

Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment, Battleship Cove, National Marine Life Center; University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST)

Each institute costs $400 per person per institute, with discounts available. PDP’s awarded and Graduate Credit optional.

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