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Welcome to the semi-regular MAST newsletter!

Through this newsletter we hope to share news, opportunities, and general information relevant for science teachers in Maryland. Is there something you'd like to see in the newsletter? Let us know! Email admin@emast.org with your suggestions. We'd love to hear from you!

Spring Professional Learning Opportunities

National Science Teaching Association: 68th Annual Conference on Science Education

  • Who: science teachers
  • What: NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand your professional growth while collaborating with science education leaders and peers
  • Where: Boston, Massachusetts
  • When: April 2 - 5, 2020
  • How : Learn more and register here.

The Art and Science of Teaching Climate Change

  • Who: teachers of any subject
  • What: In this webinar, educators will learn strategies to communicate climate change principles that can be applied to any classroom. Through practical, inquiry-focused activities, teachers will gain tools to navigate one of the most important environmental issues of our generation.
  • Where: webinar (virtual)
  • When: April 1, 2020; 7:30-8:30 pm EST
  • How: Learn more and register here.

Nano-Link Educator Workshop

  • Who: teachers of any subject
  • What: Nano-Link: Center for Nanotechnology Education provides educators like you with nanoscience content that can be easily integrated into traditional classes. Nano-Link believes that educators, armed with fun activities and good background knowledge can ignite interest and excitement in students – not only for nanoscience but for STEM and science careers as well. We offer a 6-8 hour Educator Workshops that will teach you about nanotechnology, its fundamental concepts AND 6 to 8 of our topic-specific activities. You will leave the workshop with new knowledge, ideas, and the confidence to bring this emerging technology content to your students.
  • Where: Center for Excellence in Math and Science Education at Morgan State University
  • When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 - 3:00 EST
  • How: To REGISTER, click on the link: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/eOfsF1bf742o84fzn30

The Joy of Garden-based Education

  • Who: teachers of any subject
  • What: In this webinar, educators will learn the fascinating science behind the social, psychological and physiological benefits of using gardens to teach.
  • Where: webinar (virtual)
  • When: April 8, 2020; 7:30-8:30 pm EST
  • How: Learn more and register here.

Indigenous Arts and Science: Connecting STEM to Indigenous Science

  • Who: teachers of any subject
  • What: This webinar is a story about University of Wisconsin-Madison's Earth Partnership and their Indigenous Arts and Sciences program.
  • Where: webinar (virtual)
  • When: April 29, 2020; 7:30-8:30 pm EST
  • How: Learn more and register here.

Maryland Loaner Lab Training

  • Who: Maryland secondary science teachers
  • What: The Maryland Loaner Lab Training workshop qualifies teachers to borrow from the Maryland Loaner Lab.
  • Where: Towson University Center for STEM Excellence (701 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202)
  • When: April 28, 2020 (10:00 am to 1:00 pm) OR May 19, 2020 (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • How: Learn more and register here.

Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

Climate Literacy and NGSS


Application deadline: March 31, 2020

Insects and NGSS

  • Who: Maryland elementary science teachers of grades 3-5
  • What: Learn how to use insects in your classroom to engage students in the science and engineering practices of NGSS
  • Where: Towson University Center for STEM Excellence (701 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202)
  • When: July 7- July 9, 2020 (8:00 am to 3:30 pm daily); November 7, 2020 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
  • How: More information about Insects and NGSS and the application are available here.


Application deadline: March 23, 2020

Harbor Scholars

  • Who: Baltimore City 5th grade teachers
  • What: Learn how to implement effective and engaging Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEEs) that are integrated with the Save the Bay! unit.
  • Where: Towson University Center for STEM Excellence (701 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202)
  • When: There will be two cohorts for the Harbor Scholars 2020 workshop. The hours for each cohort are 8:00 am to 3:30 pm daily. The dates for each cohort are:
  1. Cohort A: June 23- June 26, 2020; May 1, 2021
  2. Cohort B: June 29- July 2, 2020; May 15, 2021


Application deadline: March 31, 2020

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