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. All workshops take place at the New England Aquarium unless otherwise noted. 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.

Fall 2017 Workshops

teachers in class at TRC

Full STEAM Ahead: Deep Ocean

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, PreK to First grades
Cost: $40

Deadline to register Friday, December 1.

 

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.

Winter 2018 Workshops

teachers at workshop

Climate Science for Educators

Date: Wednesday, February 21, through Thursday, February 22, 2018
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 fee and course work required to obtain graduate credit from Endicott College.
Deadline to register is Friday, February 16, 2018.

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. Homework will be assigned for both PDP and graduate credit participants throughout the course.

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

 

Spring 2018 Workshops

teachers stand around table

Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures

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

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.

Registrations coming soon!

  1. Full STEAM Ahead: Polar Oceans

    Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Location: New England Aquarium
    For: Educators, PreK to 1st grade
    Cost: $40*

    Deadline to register is Friday, February 23, 2018.

  2. Full STEAM Ahead: Freshwater

    Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Location: New England Aquarium
    For: Educators, PreK to 1st grade
    Cost: $40*

    Deadline to register is Friday, March 30, 2018.

  3. Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Nurseries

    Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Location: New England Aquarium
    For: Educators, PreK to 1st grade
    Cost: $40*

    Deadline to register is Friday, May 11, 2018.

Sign up for all three for a discounted price! Deadline to register for the combination is Friday, February 23, 2018.

*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.

 

Contact Us

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