Professional Development

2014 Berkshire Region MITS Summer Institute
Industry, Innovation, and Inquiry: Bringing the Science of Berkshire Innovators into the Classroom

For Middle and High School Teachers

July 14-18

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Today’s effective, enthusiastic educators inspire their students when creative applications of STEM skills, design, and even art are put into practice, in curriculum development and in the classroom. This July, the Berkshire Region MITS Summer Institute will focus on the ways local innovators, inventors, and industry leaders solve unique, real-life problems using those same STEM skills, design techniques, and art-based expertise.

During the one-week Institute, participating high school and middle school teachers will spend each morning touring and exploring some of the most innovative and inventive local companies and organizations. The afternoons will be spent at the Berkshire Museum, immersed in activities and discussions designed to transform the mornings’ experiences into meaningful and successful classroom strategies. The afternoon sessions will focus on the teachers developing inquiry-based science activities that encourage students to become critical, inquisitive thinkers. Working with proven methods of assessing student learning and incorporating the Common Core Standards also will be a focus throughout the Institute.

Tours of local innovators will include:
The Chamberlain Group: where they specialize in designing and building life-like models of human organs for use by medical professionals to practice and develop medical procedures.

General Dynamics: where engineers develop and test state-of-the-art technology used on military submarines and surface ships.

Sabic Innovative Plastics: specializes in testing, treating, and manipulating plastics and other polymers to meet the needs of a wide variety of clients.

The Samson Environmental Center at the Darrow School: home of a Living Machine that uses bacteria, plants, and natural filtration methods to treat the campus waste and return it, clean, to the watershed.

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What is MITS?

MITS-logoMITS promotes high quality, inquiry-based, hands-on science education and STEM educational initiatives through collaborations among museums, aquariums, nature centers, and other non-profit organizations with traditional education institutions. The Summer Institutes are one-week professional development workshops that model, teach, and encourage teachers to use inquiry-based, hands-on methods of teaching STEM subjects in their classrooms. All activities are linked to State Frameworks and include interdisciplinary connections. PDPs and graduate credit apply.

Berkshire Museum is the lead educator and host for the Summer Institutes in the Berkshire region. For more information:

Call us at 413.443.7171, ext 19

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