Cape Cod Region

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Making Waves: Exploring Water and Marine Science to Engage Your Students in Inquiry

Water, water, everywhere! The Bay State has a close relationship with water. Perhaps nowhere is this relationship more relevant than on Cape Cod, with its 560 miles of dscn3750shoreline.  Join us this summer as Cape Cod becomes your living laboratory for inquiry and exploration about water. Learn about water properties, coastal ecosystems, and marine science. Discuss environmental and economic policy issues related to water, such as wastewater and tidal power, and practice incorporating water-related current events into your science classroom. Tour a marine animal hospital and examine the relationship between marine life and their watery homes.

On your first day at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, you’ll explore the water cycle and properties of water and water chemistry, while engaging in standards-based activities you can bring back to your classroom. At the Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center get involved in something fishy: learn about local saltwater and freshwater fish, visit a local dscn3644fish hatchery, and bring back fisheries-related activities for your students. Spend a day in Woods Hole, visit Kingman Yacht Center, and learn about the unique ways they are managing wastewater. You’ll also visit science laboratories in Woods Hole and witness some of the science and engineering practices and the instrumentation involved in studying ocean processes. At Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, you’ll discover the ways water is filtered in nature. Observe and explore vernal pool ecosystems in the region and the possibility of creating a vernal pool living lab at your school site.

Throughout the week, gain experience using the Science and Engineering Practices to create exciting inquiry-based, “hands-on, minds-on”, interdisciplinary STEM investigations for your classroom. Engage with water science to see what makes it important and relevant, especially for coastal regions.


Partners: National Marine Life Center, Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center, Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Course Dates: July 10-14 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm); Half Day Introductory Session June 10;
Half Day Fall Call-back November 4

Registration Fee: $375/participant; $350/participant for team of 2 or more teachers from the same school district

PDPs and Graduate Credit: Framingham State University (3 credits, 67.5 PDPs, $225); 40 PDPs available without graduate credit.

Housing is available for this region.


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National Marine Life Center


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Logo

Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Thornton W. Burgess Society Logo

Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center