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.

Spring 2018 Workshops

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Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures

Join us on this journey through our ocean! 

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.

  1. Full STEAM Ahead: Freshwater

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

    Deadline to register is Friday, March 30, 2018.

    Register for Freshwater
  2. 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, Pre-K to Grade 1
    Cost: $40*

    Deadline to register is Friday, May 11, 2018.

    Register for Ocean Nurseries
Okeanos Explorer ship

Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
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)

This workshop is currently full. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please contact Teacher Resource Center staff at trc@neaq.org.

Course Details

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. To view the workshop flyer, click here to download the PDF flyer (618KB).

Summer 2018 Workshops

teachers standing at beach

Go with the Flow: Water’s Journey Around the World

Dates: July 9–13, 2018, plus pre-course homework
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 3-5 (others welcome)
Cost: $275 Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits* from Endicott College ($330 additional fee)

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning June 25 and ending with a final project due August 10. Payment for graduate credit is due by June 25.

By following the journey of a water droplet, students will discover how different systems are impacted by water. Students will observe, practice, and take back to the classroom techniques for incorporating hands-on science and engineering lessons into the upper elementary classroom. Topics include the water cycle, weather and climate, erosion, adaptations, and habitats. Through presentations, thought-provoking activities, classroom demonstrations and field visits to the Aquarium and an outdoor site, educators will engage in science and engineering practices and learn to implement effective classroom and field investigations with students. 

teachers standing in shallow water

Introduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology

Dates: July 16-20, plus pre –course homework
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 9-12 (others welcome)
Cost: $275 Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits* from Endicott College ($330 additional fee)

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning June 25 and ending with a final project due August 10. Payment for graduate credit is due by June 25. 

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.

teachers kneeling in sand examining something

Ocean Science for Early Elementary Education

Dates: July 30-August 3, plus pre –course homework
Time: 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. 
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades K-2 (others welcomed)
Cost: $275
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits* from Endicott College ($330 additional fee)

*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have additional weekly homework assignments beginning June 25 and ending with a final project due August 10. Payment for graduate credit is due by June 25.

Young children, curious and fascinated by the world around them, are natural explorers and scientists. By incorporating ocean science in early elementary, teachers can engage young students and excite them about STEM. 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. Workshop investigations include an overview to the standards alignment, and adhere to the 2016 MA STE and NGSS curriculum frameworks.

Note: All course participants will have one pre-course assignment and nightly homework assignments during the week of the course. Participants taking courses for graduate credit will have additional assignments.

Contact Us

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