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.

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 Wednesday, March 1, 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

Registration is currently full. Please email the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org to be placed on the waitlist.

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.

scientists stand next to resting Weddell seal

Becoming a Seal: How to Model Marine Mammal Dive Response with your Students

Date: May 16, 2017
For: Educators, grades 9 – 12 (others welcomed)
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost : FREE (Plus a $70 stipend)
Credit: Hours of participation

About the Workshop

Join Dr. Allyson Hindle, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Dr. Manu Buys, Associate Professor, Departments of Anesthesia and Ophthalmology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and Tracy Rogers, Math and Science faculty, St. Andrew’s School, in this interactive workshop and lecture to better understand the dive response of Weddell seals. Participants will receive a high school-level laboratory lesson designed to enhance students’ understanding of biological concepts while also hearing about Drs. Allyson Hindle and Manu Buys travels in Antarctica discovering what Weddell seals can teach us about new possibilities to treat heart attack and stroke as well as their own physiological limits in a changing habitat.

Registration

To register for the workshop send an email to trc@neaq.org. Deadline to register is May 9, 2017.

Summer 2017 Workshops

teachers dissect fish

Introduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology

Date: July 10 – 14, plus pre-course homework
For: Educators, grades 9 – 12 (others welcomed)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost : $270
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Endicott College ($300 additional fee)*

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning June 26 and ending with a final project due August 11. Payment for graduate credit is due to Endicott College by June 26.
About the Course

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.

Registration

Deadline to register is June 26, 2017. A link to register is coming soon!

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On the Waterfront

Date: July 17 – 21, plus pre –course homework
For: Educators, grades 6 – 8 (others welcomed)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost : $270
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Endicott College ($300 additional fee)*

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning June 26 and ending with a final project due August 11. Payment for graduate credit is due to Endicott College by June 26.
About the Course

Learn how to incorporate local coastal ecosystems into your existing curriculum by joining the staff of the New England Aquarium for our On the Waterfront course, where we will learn of all things related to the shoreline. Participants will conduct field- and in-classroom investigations, apply inquiry skills and learn content knowledge through hands-on activities. Boston Harbor will be used as an example to teach concepts such as linking science and literacy, marine biodiversity, adaptations, ecosystems, properties of water, human impacts, and conservation efforts as well as much more!

Registration

Deadline to register for PDPs is June 26, 2017. Deadline for graduate credit registration is July 3, 2017.

A link to register online is coming soon!

teachers kneel on sandy beach taking notes

 

Ocean Careers

Date: July 31 – August 4, plus pre-course homework
For: Educators, grades 3 – 5 (others welcomed)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost : $270
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Endicott College ($300 additional fee)*

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning July 10 and ending with a final project due August 18. Payment for graduate credit is due to Endicott College by July 10.
About the Course

Professionals engaged in STEM careers have made positive impacts in nearly all aspects of our lives and are working to solve today’s toughest issues surrounding climate change, food needs, and disappearing habitats. This course will explore the historical context of and emerging ‘nature of science’ and its connections with various STEM careers in ocean-related science. Participants in this course will learn how to engage students in science and engineering practices through daily interactions with Aquarium staff, scientists, and educators. Participants will gain content knowledge in oceanography, marine biology, geology, and information technology (wildlife monitoring) as well as inquiry based activities that they may take back to the classroom. All materials are aligned to the 2016 Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards and NGSS.

Registration

Deadline to register for PDPs is July 17, 2017. Deadline for graduate credit registration is July 10, 2017

Link to register online is coming soon!

 

Contact Us

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