2019 Berkshire Region Summer Professional Development Institute

2019 Berkshire Region Summer Professional Development Institute2019-05-03T14:03:07+00:00

Berkshire Region

One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Thinkers and Tinkerers: Using Biomimicry to Teach Engineering and Life Science

  • Immerse yourself in the world of innovation and problem solving.

  • Discover how nature’s designs can connect science content to real-world design challenges to produce models, tools and prosthetics, and learn how to bring the design challenge experience to your own students.

  • Examine examples of biomimicry to explore how nature’s own innovations can help us tackle health and environmental issues.

  • Meet with research and design engineers to learn how they develop high performance plastics, agri-nutrients, polymers and metals. Then observe how they use polarized light to test the stress strength of a product.

  • Experience how the engineering design process works to produce anatomically correct models of human organs and other products for medical study and testing.

  • Learn how to create a science center at your school to build these experiences into inquiry-based investigations for your students.


Partners & Collaborators: Flying Cloud Institute; MASS MoCA; The Chamberlain Group; Sabic Manufacturing; Miss Hall’s School; Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; Nature Matters
Dates: July 8-12 (9:00 am-4:00 pm); June 15 On-Site Introductory Session (9:00 am-1:00 pm); Call-back date will be set during the course
Cost: $425 per participant ($400 per participant if attending in a team with another teacher from your district; $375 per participant if attending in a team with 2 or more other teachers from your district)
PDPs: 40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.
Optional Graduate Credit: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) – 3 credits and 67.5 PDPs; $150

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Flying Cloud Institute

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MASS MoCA

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Sabic Manufacturing

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The Chamberlain Group

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Miss Hall’s School

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Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

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Nature Matters