The Aquarium offers a wealth of courses and workshops for professional development. Pre-registration is required to attend. Please contact the Teacher Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-973-6590 with questions or to register.
In addition to these scheduled workshops, the Aquarium works with teachers, schools and districts to design custom in-service training, including one- or two-day workshops. The Aquarium also encourages teachers to attend science-themed events and conferences.
Spring Workshops 2016
Saturday Science Series
June 11 — Science Standards Workshop for grades K–5
June 18 — Science Standards Workshop for grades 6–8
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
Cost: $20 / session, pre-registration required
Come join New England Aquarium education staff as they help you better understand the new 2016 Science and Technology / Engineering (STE) standards. Staff will delve into a Disciplinary Core Idea to enhance the understanding of the science concepts and practices while also introducing an activity that aligns with a science concept.
The session will be divided into two sections:
- Understanding the structure of the standard: content progression and science and engineering practices
- Creating unit plans: exploring hands-on lessons and activities for the classroom correlated to the STE standards
Check back to register for the June 11 and June 18 workshops.
Any additional questions can be directed to the Teacher Resource Center at TRC@neaq.org.
NOAA "How Do We Explore?" Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 5–12
Cost: Free ($100 stipend if you attend both parts, second session will be offered in the spring)
Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s as you are introduced to Volume 2 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How Do We Explore? Learn how to use standards-based lessons and online resources that guide classroom discovery into the innovative exploration strategies, underwater robots and other ocean tools used onboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Topics include selecting sites for exploration in a largely unknown ocean, underwater mapping, and exploring the water column. Deep ocean exploration with remotely operated vehicles and telepresence technology that enables participation during ocean exploration missions from shore in real time is also addressed.
Educators attending the full day will receive Volume 2 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore?, other resources, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, a continental breakfast, and lunch.
Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who have completed both Why Do We Explore? (Part One) and How Do We Explore? (Part Two) will receive a $100 stipend.
For more information, see course flier (PDF 233KB).
Contact the Teacher Resource Center at email@example.com with 'NOAA Workshop' in the subject line, or call us at 617-973-6590.
Summer 2016 Workshops
Ocean Science for Early Elementary Educators
Dates: July 11 – 14, 2016
Required Saturday fall callback November 12, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For: Educators, grades preschool, K–2 (others also welcome)
Credit: 37.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College (additional fee - $150)*
The ocean, filled with mystery and wonder, is the perfect way to engage young students and excite them about science. Participants will explore essential scientific concepts such as water properties, ocean habitats, and animals, while making connections to literacy, math, and art. Programming will include engaging hands-on investigations and a field trip to a local coastal habitat. Participants will walk away with knowledge about the ocean, ideas on how to incorporate ocean life into existing curriculum as well as activities and resources to use with young children! Workshop investigations include an overview to the standards alignment, and adhere to the revised MA STE and NGSS curriculum frameworks.
Oceanography and Marine Biology
Dates: July 25 – 28, 2016
Required Saturday fall callback November 19, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For: Educators, grades 9 – 12 (others also welcome)
Cost : $275
Credit: 37.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College (additional fee – $150)*
In this class, participants will observe and practice techniques for incorporating ocean science into the classroom through hands-on lessons. Participants will learn from experts in the field and engage in field experiences, all while discovering methods for using the ocean as a tool to teach about ecosystems, earth systems, Earth and human activity, and motion and stability. Topics include physical and chemical properties of the ocean, sea floor geology, marine biology, and human impacts and interactions with the ocean. Workshop investigations include an overview to the standards alignment, and adhere to the revised MA STE and NGSS curriculum frameworks.
Climate Science for Educators
Date: August 2– 4, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For: Educators, grades 6 – 8 (others also welcome)
Credit: 12 PDPs or 1 graduate credit from Cambridge College (additional fee – $50)*
This class will examine the use and distribution of natural resources, model the effects humans have on the climate, examine current natural disasters and predict effects of future disasters, and examine ways humans are developing solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change. Participants will gain content background in climate science as well as hands-on practice in inquiry-based activities that they may take back to the classroom, while adhering to the revised MA STE and NGSS curriculum frameworks.
* Participants taking our courses for PDPs or graduate credit are required to complete the assigned course work — includes daily homework assignments, a final project, and presentation based on the development and implementation of a lesson based on content learned throughout the course.
Questions about our courses and workshops?
Contact the Teacher Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-973-6590.