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

Preregistration 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- and two-day workshops. The Aquarium also encourages teachers to attend science-themed events and conferences.

Spring 2020

Full STEAM Ahead: Ocean Adventures

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

These workshops provide prekindergarten to Grade 1 educators with content knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate ocean science while addressing the revised Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering and Next Generation Science Standards curriculum frameworks. Each workshop will explore a different ocean theme through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and discussion of content and standards. The ocean is full of wonder and mystery, and the perfect way to engage and excite your students in STEAM.

Dates: See individual programs below
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, prekindergarten to Grade 1
Cost: $40 per workshop ($100 for all three)
Credit: 12 PDPs for attending all three workshops

Or select an individual workshop below:

Teachers at the Tidepool Teacher Workshop

Full STEAM Ahead:  Tidepools

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Deadline to register is Friday, February 28, 2020.
Makeup Date: Saturday, March 4, 2020*

Using a variety of hands-on activities, we will discover tidepool animal adaptations and their habitat.

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Teachers at the Coral Reefs Teacher Workshop

Full STEAM Ahead:  Coral Reefs

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020
Deadline to register is Friday, April 3, 2020.
Makeup Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020*

Discover the colorful world of coral reefs and the relationships found in this diverse habitat.

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Teachers at the Deep Sea Teacher Workshop

Full STEAM Ahead:  Deep Sea

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Deadline to register is Friday, May 8, 2020.
Makeup Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020*

Dive deep into the ocean were light disappears and discover the unique animals living in this harsh environment.

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Summer 2020

Ocean Science for Early Elementary Educators workshop

Ocean Science for Early Elementary Educators

Dates: July 6-10, plus pre-course homework
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades K-2 (others welcomed)
Cost: $300
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College ($225 additional fee)*
*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have a final project due August 7. Payment for graduate credit is due by June 30.

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 STEAM. 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 revised Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering and Next Generation Science Standards curriculum frameworks.

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Go with the flow educators workshop

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

Dates: July 13-17, plus pre-course homework
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 3-5 (others welcome)
Cost: $300
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College ($225 additional fee)*
*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have a final project due August 7. Payment
for graduate credit is due by June 30.

By following the journey of a water droplet, students will discover how different systems are affected 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.

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Climate Science and Our Changing Ocean Workshop

Climate Science and Our Changing Ocean

Dates: July 27-31, plus pre-course homework
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium
For: Educators, grades 6-8 (others welcome)
Cost: $300
Credit: 40 PDPs or 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College ($225 additional fee)*
*Participants taking course for graduate credit will have a final project due August 14. Payment for graduate credit is due by June 30.

In this class, participants develop a unit to confidently share climate change science, impacts, and mitigation and adaptation strategies with their learners. Participants will observe, practice, and take back to the classroom techniques for incorporating hands-on science and engineering lessons into their climate science curriculum. Field experiences will be incorporated for participants to see firsthand evidence of a changing climate. Workshop investigations include an overview to the standards alignment, and adhere to the revised Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering and Next Generation Science Standards curriculum frameworks.

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*In case of inclement weather, workshops will take place on makeup dates.

Contact Us

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