Science in the Field: Bringing Realtime Data Into the Classroom

A 5-Day Summer Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators

Discover how to integrate research and real-time data collection into your science curriculum! Experience multiple entry points for hands-on, place-based science and participate in collaborative projects with professional scientists. Explore wetland, estuary, marine, and forest habitats and participate in authentic data collection. Examine how this data can tell us stories about the plants and animals that inhabit these living laboratories. Engage in investigations and data collection in the woods and on the water. Take part in citizen science programs for you and your students as you sample the diverse habitats and creatures of the Lloyd Center for the Environment. Learn about sustainable aquaculture with Island Creek Oysters as they share their research on oyster farming methods, provide a hands on investigation of oyster biology and discuss their involvement in creating innovations. and how data resources on aquaculture are shaping sustainable practices. Spend a day with scientists from the Marine Biological Laboratory as you visit field sites and research laboratories and learn about data available to your students. Investigate how Data Nuggets and other tools can be used to help students design their own research for capstone or science fair projects.

Throughout the course, Wade Institute instructors will weave pedagogy through the science content, highlighting ways to shift lessons towards inquiry and incorporate Science & Engineering Practices, while collecting and analyzing data with professional scientists. You will leave the course with resources to enrich your teaching toolbox with science investigations that meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework and NGSS Standards and be equipped with tools to help your students develop research projects.

Registration Information

Region: Southeast/Cape Cod
Dates and Times: July 15th – 19th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Location: Lloyd Center for the Environment, Dartmouth, MA
Collaborating Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment; Marine Biological Laboratory; Island Creek Oysters; Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair
Cost: $475 per educator. $425 per educator if attending in a team with two or more other teachers from the same school or district.
PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 40 PDPs available without graduate credit. 67.5 PDPs and 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College or Framingham State University available for $225. Additional work is required for graduate credit.

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Lloyd Center for the Environment

Marine Biological Laboratory

Island Creek Oysters

Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair