The Aquarium caters to teachers from all backgrounds with an array of courses and workshops for professional development.

Pre-registration is required to attend the workshops outlined below. 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.

Winter 2017 Workshops

Teachers observing specimens in a training session

Climate Science for Educators

Dates: There are two sessions being offered for this course!
   Monday, February 20–Tuesday, February 21, 2017
   Thursday, February 23–Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 6–8 (other welcome)
Cost: $120
Credit: 14 hours PDP or 1 graduate credit (additional $100 due at the start of class)*

*Participants taking the course for graduate credit will have additional coursework.

Course Details

During this workshop we 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.

Topic Agenda

  • Day one: Distribution and Use of Natural Resources
  • Day two: Human Impacts on the planet: modeling and predicting the effects of human activities on earth and natural hazards on individuals and society
Registration is closed.

Spring 2017 Workshops

Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures

Join us on this three-part journey through our ocean! Sign up for one, two, or all three courses.

Educators are faced with limitations on time and resources and are often lacking knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) content and practices. Yet young children, curious and fascinated by the world around them, are natural explorers and scientists. Incorporating STEAM learning early on helps equip children with knowledge and process skills, such as observation and interpretation. The ocean, full of wonder and mystery, is the perfect way to engage and excite children in STEAM. Participants will gain the content knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate ocean science while addressing the Massachusetts Science and Technology Standards.

Note: If you sign up for all three courses in this series, the total cost will be $100 for all three courses. Attending all three courses will be worth 12 PDPs.

  1. Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures in Tidepools

    Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Location: New England Aquarium

    For: Educators, PreK to Grade 1

    Cost: $40

    Deadline to register is Friday, February 24, 2017.

  2. Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures in Coral Reefs

    Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Location: New England Aquarium

    For: Educators, PreK to Grade 1

    Cost: $40

    Deadline to register is Friday, March 24, 2017.

  3. Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures in the Deep Ocean

    Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Location: New England Aquarium

    For: Educators, PreK to Grade 1

    Cost: $40

    Deadline to register is Friday, April 28, 2017.

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Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 6–12
Cost: Free (plus a $75 stipend)
Credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation (7 hours)

An essential component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) mission is to enhance ocean science literacy and enhance understanding why it is important to explore our little-known ocean world. To help fulfill this mission, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and their students to become engaged with expeditions and discoveries made by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer—America’s first federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration.

Educators are invited to join NOAA OER facilitors to learn Why We Explore (Volume 1) and How We Explore (Volume 2) the deep ocean. Participants will learn about the importance of ocean exploration and the advanced technological capabilities of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used to explore the deep ocean. This 7-hour professional development will introduce standards-based, hands on activities and online resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean health, sophisticated underwater mapping technologies, unique deep-sea ecosystems, remotely operated vehicles, and telepresence are just a few of the topics covered.

View NOAA’s workshop flier.

Registration

To register please email the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org with your name, school and grade level, and “NOAA Workshop” in the subject line. Deadline to register is March 17, 2017

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators will receive the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? And Volume 2: How Do We Explore?, additional resources and a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation. Continental breakfast, lunch, and a $75 stipend will be provided.

Note: If you have previously participated in a “Why Do We Explore?” or “How Do We Explore?” professional development course, this offering will be redundant.

Contact Us

Questions about our courses and workshops? Contact the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org or 617-973-6590.