Mass Audubon, Partners Help Science Teachers Engage Students
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) are partnering to bring STEM-focused summertime professional development to educators on Cape Cod, the North Shore, and in Boston’s western suburbs.
Developing facility in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) programs, Mass Audubon educators understand, is among the best ways that students learn to engage the natural world.
These one-week courses for grade 3–8 educators will bring together scientists, engineers, and educators from environmental organizations across the state. Activities will create interdisciplinary connections, develop inquiry-based methods, and help teachers meet state frameworks.
Subject matter to be studied has been designed with region ecosystems and habitats in mind:
- On Cape Cod, educators will focus on coastal environments, investigating the connections between marine science, technology, engineering, math, and literacy. Partners include the Berkshire Museum, Flying Cloud Institute, and Housatonic Valley Association.
- North Shore educators participating in the course development program will explore how local ecosystems are responding to a changing climate. Partners include Ipswich River Watershed Association, Plum Island Ecosystems Long-term Ecological Research Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the University of New Hampshire.
- Educators in the Metrowest program will focus on the vast universe of motion, from atomic participles and simple objects such as balls to chemicals and fog, planets, and other celestial bodies. Partners include The Discovery Museums and the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center.
“We are grateful to MITS and all our education partners who are helping to make these important and timely professional development opportunities available to teachers throughout Massachusetts,” said Kris Scopinich, Mass Audubon Director of Education. “Teachers and their students will benefit from these rich learning experiences and be more prepared to practice science in engaging and authentic ways.”
Find more information about Mass Audubon’s resources for educators.
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.