Sustainable Energy Workshops

2 Day Workshop for Middle and High School Educators

Lighting the Way with Wind and Solar: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future

Human activity affects Earth’s systems in many ways. How does science help us understand these impacts, and how can engineering help us to design solutions?  In Lighting the Way with Wind and Solar, we will set the stage for an exploration of Earth’s energy balance, weather patterns, and climate change while developing a foundation for understanding how human activity is currently affecting Earth’s systems at a scale never seen before. During this two-day workshop, we will investigate how renewable energy technologies can reduce the carbon in our atmosphere by generating sustainable electricity. Using your home or school as a case study, you will discover the specific energy sources your community relies on and identify the amount of energy currently coming from renewable sources. We will experiment with solar and wind powered technologies to understand how renewable energy sources can be used to produce clean electricity and reduce carbon in the atmosphere.

Through hands-on, minds on activities, we will discover how wind turbines and solar panels generate power and why communities are relying increasingly on these systems to meet their energy needs.  Put your creativity and know how to use by designing a solar-powered home, and work with a team to build an infrastructure to power a community for the future. Find out more about where energy, climate change, and sustainable solutions are found within the 2016 Science and Technology/Engineering standards. Discover how the problems of sustainable energy and global climate change can be addressed in the curriculum through the integration of science content with the science and engineering practices. Return home with a kit containing equipment ready to use in your classroom to charge up your curriculum. Gain an understanding of the power of inquiry-based learning, and come away energized!

Dates: Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Location: Mass Audubon’s Acadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, MA

To arrange for a workshop for your school or school district, contact MITS at 617-328-1515 or!

 STE Standards Program


Building a Foundation for Implementing the 2016 MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards

A one-day workshop for curriculum and school leaders offered by the Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association (MSELA) and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)

Compare the 2016 Standards with the 2006 Standards and discuss classroom implications
Examine the K-12 progressions of content and science/engineering practices that are central to the 2016 STE Framework
Explore the progression of the Disciplinary Core Ideas from K-12 and how this impacts implementing the revised STE Standards into your school district’s curriculum
Investigate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Cross-Cutting Concepts in the MA STE Standards

Examine aspects of the Frameworks that are essential to a smooth and effective transition to the new STE standards!

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You can also arrange for a workshop for your school or school district – contact MITS at 617-328-1515 or!

SeaPerch Program

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  • Is fun and challenging
  • Is a curriculum that meets national learning standards
  • Integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Teaches the teachers
  • Builds teamwork and inspires young minds
  • Introduces STEM career discussions

Bringing SeaPerch into Your School or Institution

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Working models of an ROV are built from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Students who participate in SeaPerch programs become engaged in learning engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. Engineering and science activities using the ROV are also explored as well as citizen monitoring programs.

MITS partners with the national SeaPerch program, the AUSVI Foundation (Association of Unmanned Vehicles International), the U.S. Office of Naval Research and MIT Sea Grant to provide SeaPerch workshops for middle and high school educators. These workshops train teachers, mentors and potential trainers how to build these working models of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and develop a SeaPerch program for their school or institution.  SeaPerch programs can be part of the classroom curriculum or after-school enrichment programs.

Curriculum resource materials are provided which support the Science and Technology/Engineering Standards bringing together basic engineering design skills and the science practices.  Concepts incorporated into the curriculum resource materials include marine science, oceanography, biomimicry, ocean engineering, physics, robotics, mathematics and marine related careers.

MITS offers SeaPerch Educator Workshops in different regions of Massachusetts. In these 2 day workshops, classroom teachers and informal educators build their own SeaPerch and explore how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field. As part of the workshop, educators receive their own kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide. For many of the workshops teachers are encouraged to bring along 2 students who can then become SeaPerch team leaders for their school.


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SeaPerch Workshops

To arrange a SeaPerch Workshop for your school, contact MITS at or 617-328-1515.

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