School Programs, Events, Competitions, and Professional Development

Mark your calendars with these grant opportunities, workshops, conferences and more!

July 14, 16, 21, 23 – The Wade Institute for Science Education is offering a virtual institute for grades 4 – 12 educators called Making Place-Based Learning Phenomenal. Teachers will collaborate with their course peers to identify phenomena that can be used to explore the impacts of climate change on Massachusetts’ ecosystems.

July 22 – 24 – Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is offering a virtual training on climate change education. The training will share skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas, and participants will receive ongoing support throughout the year. Teachers with cross-disciplinary teams from their school district can register by July 13.

July 24 – The Framingham State University Planetarium presents AstroNights, a half-hour live presentation exploring astronomy topics. This event will focus on the sixth jewel from the sun, Saturn. Participants can learn more about how to stream the presentation live on the event page.

July 27 – 31 – The Wade Institute for Science Education is offering a virtual institute for grades 6–12 educators called Science, Technology, and a Changing Environment: Measuring Change to Predict the Future. Teachers will join engineers, scientists, and naturalists this summer and discover how new technologies with diverse sensory capabilities can transform data collection and data visualization

July 28 – 30 – The Wade Institute for Science Education is offering a virtual institute for grades K – 2 educators called Integrating Inquiry and Literacy in the Elementary Science Classroom. Teachers will participate in a remote course and explore how to integrate science and literacy learning through inquiry-based learning remotely or in the classroom. Teachers will explore how to use inquiry and the Science and Engineering Practices to deepen students’ understanding of both science concepts and literacy strategies.

August 3 – 7 – The Wade Institute for Science Education is offering a virtual institute for grades 4 – 8 educators called Nature and Design: Connections Between Science, Engineering, and the Marine Environment. Teachers will explore themes of biomimicry and investigate how nature’s innovations can help inform solutions to real-world design problems. There will be opportunities to virtually visit field sites to make wildlife observations, tour engineering labs to see examples of marine engineering inspired by adaptations of marine life, connect with research scientists who both inform and rely on technological innovation, and develop standards-aligned, inquiry-based investigations to share with students.

August 20 – 23 – Boston Green Fest will be held virtually and is organized by Foundation for a Green Future. This year’s theme is #PeoplePlanetProgress. More information will be posted on their website soon about how to join exhibitors, sponsors, artists, and attendees in the goal of educating and empowering each other to create a more sustainable and healthier world.

September 1 – Deadline for Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom Mini-Grant applications. Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom awards mini-grants up to $1,500 to Massachusetts educators, after-school programs, farms working with schools, and youth gardening organizations for agriculturally-based educational projects. Click here to apply.

September 18 – October 4 – Mass Agriculture in the Classroom, in partnership with the Mass Trustees of The Eastern States Exposition, is offering free admission for Massachusetts classes and their chaperones to attend The Big E in West Springfield. Schools may apply for a grant for complimentary admittance, as well as the possibility of paid transportation.

October 1 – Deadline for Toshiba America Foundation grants. The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants to educators who are passionate about making mathematics and science more engaging for their students. This deadline is for educators of grades K-5, and offers grants up to $1,000.