Monday, April 29, 2013

MITS 2013 Summer Professional Development Institutes! For Elementary, Middle and High School Educators.

Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner! Join us this June and July for the MITS 2013 Summer Professional Development Institutes! For Elementary, Middle and High School Educators.
Educational Crossroads: Science, Technology and Engineering Meet Literacy and Social Science
The 2013 MITS Summer Institutes offer you an opportunity to experience cross-disciplinary investigations and to create the synergy of science, technology, engineering, literacy and social sciences in your classroom:
Learn to use or increase your skills with inquiry-based, hands-on methods in your classroom and participate in classroom and outdoor experiences. Explore educational resources in your community and explore field trip and classroom resources available from museums, nature centers and other organizations in your region. Become part of a network of teachers from your region and across the state. Earn PDPs/CEUs or PDPs and graduate credit.   
MITS is offering 3 types of courses this summer!
Hybrid Courses (10 hours online, 5 days on-site) Dates: June 17 - July 30
Boston Region: Science Solutions: Using Design Education to Investigate Animal and Human Needs
On-Site Dates: July 8 - 12
Southeast Region: Investigating Interdisciplinary Pathways Through Engineering Design and the Natural World
On-Site Dates: July 15 - 19
One-Week Institutes
Dates: July 8 - 12 or July 15 - 19
Central Region: Minds-On, Hands-On: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Literacy
July 15 - 19
High School Teachers' Institute: Under the Periscope: Marinating Your
STEM Curriculum with Marine Science, Engineering Design and Literacy Connections
July 8 – 12
Two-week Institutes
July 8 - 19
Merrimack Region: Teaching STEM Through the Past, Present and Future
Berkshire Region: Engineering Innovations: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Social, Ecological and Economic Fabric of the Berkshires
Visit - or for details, a complete brochure and to register.

Museum Institute For Teaching Science
What are MITS Summer Institutes?
MITS Summer Institutes are a unique professional development opportunity. Visit each of the partner organization's sites for 1-2 days and participate in both content and skill development sessions taught by professional educators, scientists and other content experts. Depending on the region, daily activities will include: nature walks, behind-the-scenes tours of facilities, introductions to resource centers, modeling of inquiry-based activities and more. Days will include a balance of indoor, classroom-based components and outdoor field experiences. All activities are designed to help you meet State Frameworks and create interdisciplinary connections. Participants can choose to receive PDPs, or graduate credit and PDPs.
Learn More About the 2013 Summer Institutes! Visit the MITS website - to read regional summaries, browse our Summer Institute brochure, and register online!

Friday, April 26, 2013

What if math???

What if Math announces $1,000 in prizes to be given out to the best  Spreadsheet Math Experiments on sustainability. The contest is open  to all K-12 students in the United States. What if Math is a  revolutionary math program built by students for students using  spreadsheet-based-projects to help students learn math. We treat  spreadsheets as laboratories to experiment on interesting problems,  to build models, organize data, and ask what if The top five  Spreadsheet Math Experiments on sustainability developed by students  will be published on the What if Math website for other students to  perform. Their authors will receive a $200 cash prize!

Join us in developing this new way to learn the math everyone uses in  business today and that we need to learn to prepare every student for  the future. We welcome you to as a student  and as an inventor. Go to the website to learn more.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New England Resource Directory

The New England Resource Directory provides information to students, advisors and administrators on outreach efforts, internships and science-related programs at New England educational institutions, and biomedical and biotechnology organizations. The directory describes non-degree programs sponsored by high schools, colleges, universities, professional and graduate schools, hospitals, private industry, foundations and government agencies.

The New England Resource Directory was developed in 1992 by the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) because of the need for a centralized resource describing New England non-degree, biomedical science related programs offered by the private and public sectors. This directory contains programs developed to serve minority and disadvantaged populations, as well as programs open to anyone.

Major program categories include:
Career/Academic Planning.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Computer Science Teachers Association Conference  July 15th & 16th, Boston Marriott Quincy, MA  We would like to make you aware of this summer's highlight, our  National CSTA Annual Conference below. We are really looking forward to seeing as many members as possible  at the CSTA Conference that will be held in Quincy, MA.  We have an  outstanding array of national speakers, sessions and workshops. Our  keynote speakers, Hadi Patrovi and Selena Deckelmann will inspire all  of our attendees sharing their incredible accomplishments.  The price for the conference is $60.00 and workshops are 60.00 a  piece or 2 for $100.00.  To register visit:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Project Lead The Way - Information Sessions

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) comprehensive STEM (science, technology,  engineering, mathematics) programs were endorsed by the Massachusetts  Governor's STEM Advisory Council. PLTW curricula are collaboratively  designed by K-12 teachers, university educators, engineering and  biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote  critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world  problem-solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based  programs engage students on multiple levels, expose them to areas of  study that they typically do not pursue, and provide them with a  foundation and proven path to college and career success. PLTW  currently provides three programs for grades 6 to 12; an elementary  program for K-5 will be released in 2014. More than 5,200 schools in  all 50 states and the District of Columbia currently offer PLTW  courses to their students. For more information, attend a one-hour  PLTW information session. Information sessions will be held at the  University of Massachusetts Amherst, 138 Hasbrouck  on Tuesday April  30th at 4:00 and at the Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical  High School, 250 Foundry Street, South Easton on Wednesday May 1st at  3:00. For more information or to RSVP for an information session  please contact Carolyn Malstrom at

 Carolyn Malstrom, Ph.D.
 Senior Director of School Engagement, East Region  CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT  Project Lead The Way, Inc.
 phone: 518.320.6909

Monday, February 4, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers is a two-week workshop for middle school science teachers featuring hands-on activities, lectures, tours, and visits with NIST scientists and engineers in their laboratories.

Teachers who participate in the NIST Summer Institute gain:

•Increased understanding of the subjects they teach

•Increased understanding of how scientific research is performed

•Materials and resources to implement what they learned at NIST in their classrooms

•Increased enthusiasm for science

•A network of scientists and engineers at NIST with whom to consult

Teachers finish the NIST Summer Institute with a wealth of new knowledge about core topics such as forensics and materials science, and materials to integrate these topics into their classroom while meeting curriculum standards.
The NIST Research Experience for Teachers is a follow-on program that provides two local middle school science teachers with six weeks of real-world research experience at NIST. Completion of the NIST Summer Institute is a prerequisite for participating in the Research Experience for Teachers.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

GoFundMe is empowering Makers

GoFundMe is empowering Makers to turn their passion into profit. Never before has it been easier to share your project with the world and generate money for your idea. At GoFundMe, we realize that evolving your idea doesn't have to mean launching a huge business. GoFundMe's crowdfunding options are perfect for all stages of any project.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Meeting - New England Association of Chemistry Teachers - March 16th - UMASS Dartmouth

The New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT) will host its March meeting at UMass Dartmouth, Saturday morning March 16, 2013. The meeting begins at 9AM with registration at 8:30.

We are delighted to have speakers from UMass (Dartmouth, MA) and The Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA) on the agenda.

Professor Alan Hirshfeld, physics professor and author of numerous monographs in the history of science, will speak to us about how astronomers used spectroscopy to determine the chemical composition of the Sun. Not only relevant to the high school chemistry curriculum, but exciting as it is the subject of his next book.

Gigi Naglak and Jen Dionisio, the creators of CHF.s popular First Friday Series are traveling all the way from Philly to enlighten and entertain us with their tasteful kitchen chemistry stories.

The meeting will take place in SENG 115 on campus; the best parking is in Lot 16 or 17.
For purposes of planning refreshments, we are asking that you RSVP to by March 8.

(This is not a Northeastern University program)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Gordon-CenSSIS - Video series

Northeastern University's GORDON-CENSSIS and ALERT RELATED NEWS

NEW!!! Introducing ALERT Video Series - ALERT 101: Airport Screening Technologies - We invite you to watch the first episode of ALERT 101, which focuses on the applications of Millimeter Wave Scanning and Backscatter X-ray in airport security screening. Inspired by the success of TED ( and other educational media forums, ALERT has developed the ALERT 101 video series. Each video short will feature different technologies and research areas with which the ALERT Center engages. We hope that these productions help educate and inform the global community on these topics in an accessible and enjoyable way. To watch the video, visit the ALERT website here: