STEM Projects & Events in the Pioneer Valley

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Wade Institute for Science Education

A Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators offered by the Wade Institute in collaboration with New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill; Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary; Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

When designing and constructing our built environment it is imperative to consider the impact on the natural environment. Examine how buildings and landscapes work together and how nature inspires us to create. Delve into the concepts of green design and biomimicry. Explore the features of a LEED certified building and design elements that support nature, such as solar fields, rain gardens, and pollinator gardens. Use your new knowledge to design a public green space within an urban environment.

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Wade Institute for Science Education

A Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators offered by the Wade Institute in collaboration with Beneski Museum of Natural History; Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Springfield Science Museum; The Trustees of Reservations

Known for its basalt flows, mountain ranges, dinosaur footprints, and fertile soils, the Pioneer Valley exhibits a rich history of geologic change. Explore opportunities for integrating science and math as you learn about the geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. Visit local field sites, delve into museum collections, investigate the traces that animals can leave in sediment, learn how rivers can shape a landscape in geological time, participate in inquiry-based investigations and discover how your modern landscape can provide clues to a very different past.

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Wade Institute for Science Education

A Professional Development Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators offered by the Wade Institute in collaboration with Lloyd Center for the Environment; New Bedford Whaling Museum; Round the Bend Farm.

Learn how to integrate field research and 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. Consider how this data can tell us stories about these living laboratories and the plants and animals that dwell there.

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Wade Institute for Science Education

A Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators offered by the Wade Institute in collaboration with Housatonic Valley Association; Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Mount Greylock Visitor Center; Berkshire Environmental Action Team; Hoosic River Watershed Association

What affects water quality in rivers that flow through your community? How do scientists measure watershed health? Visit local rivers and the lands that surround them to explore a variety of methods for investigating a watershed. Put science and engineering design practices to work as you participate in citizen science projects that you can use with your students to protect watersheds in your area.

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