STEM Workshops for Teachers @UNH

Workshops for K-12 Educators

 GIS/GPS/Mapping Workshops (K-12)

Various dates in Durham, half-day workshops are $59

Upcoming workshop topics: Mobile Mapping Made Easy, Mobile Mapping for GIS Data Collection, Telling Your Story with Maps, Getting to know ArcGIS. Learn how to get a group of people (or just yourself) using mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) or a computer to collect GIS data in the field and to make maps, complete with drop-down menus and online syncing! For full workshop schedules and descriptions:


Alternative Access to Math for Struggling Students (Gr. 4-9)

May 10, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Portsmouth-Pease, $175

Students with LD, ADHD, and Executive Function weaknesses need alternative approaches in order to access the math curriculum. This day-long workshop will combine what we have learned from the field of cognitive psychology with what we know about the current trends in math curriculum design. Teachers will learn about the developmental factors that affect math, discuss the ways different types of learning problems affect the acquisition of math skills, and share differentiated math learning strategies. A combination of direct instruction, discussion, and interactive activities will enable teachers to create materials and learn about techniques that they can use to reach their students who struggle. Registration and more information here

Co-sponsored by UNH Professional Development and Training


STEM Docent Stream Safari and Project WET/WILD Training, (Gr. K-8)

May 11-12, 9 am - 4 pm, UNH-Manchester, $125

Join the UNH Cooperative Extension STEM Docents and volunteers to engage youth in their local environments. Curriculum includes indoor and outdoor activities, field work experiences, data collection and analysis involving stream ecology. Workshop includes Project WET and Wild certification, Stream Safari curriculum guide, and stream field work experience. Workshop is geared towards educators working with youth in grades K-8. Registration required. Scholarships available. Registration and more information here


STEM:Design Thinking (K-12)

May 12, 9 am - 3:30 pm, UNH-Manchester, $159

Become part of a learning experience that allows learners to apply science, math and design concepts in an environment driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and active, hands-on engagement. In this experiential workshop, you will learn about the design thinking approach to solving problems. You will solve an engineering problem using the design cycle of research, prototyping, data collection, evaluation, product refinement, and marketing/presentation. Leave with an understanding of the design thinking approach and materials you can use for your own teaching. Registration and more information here

Co-sponsored by UNH Professional Development and Training


Ocean Exploration in the Classroom (K-12)

May 16, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Granite State College - Concord, FREE

UNH has joined Dr. Robert Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) to bring STEM experiences and ocean exploration to New Hampshire classrooms. A one-day teacher workshop highlighting STEM elements in professional deep-sea exploration, will show how to use cutting edge technologies in the classroom, spotlight STEM careers, provide new resources for your students, and introduce teachers to the New Hampshire OET Community STEM Program. Registration and more information here


Food Systems Seeds and Plants Workshop for Educators

May 17, 4 pm - 6:30 pm, UNH-Manchester STEM Discovery Lab, FREE

Through plants we receive oxygen, nutrients, nourishment and enjoyment when we can grow them and cook them! In this workshop, we will explore the science behind seeds and plants and ways to engage youth in this topic. Food Systems thinking involves a holistic approach to examining how our food is grown, harvested, packed, shipped and eaten. Educating our youth about Food Systems is relevant, rigorous, engaging and involves the inquiry process. In this workshop, we will explore the science behind seeds and plants and ways to engage youth in this topic. Registration and more information here


"Unpacking" Next Generation Science Standards for Effective Science Education & Assessment (Gr. 6-12)

May 17, 9 am - 3:30 pm, UNH-Manchester, $159

Engage in a thorough discussion of the Next Generation Science Standards to more fully understand implications for curriculum and instruction. Small group activities will focus on analyzing the standards for content, depth of knowledge, performance expectation, pedagogical approach, and assessment for an authentic classroom context. Products of the small group work will be reviewed and discussed. A limited number of scholarships may be available for this offering. To request consideration of a scholarship, please contact Mark Wiley at Scholarships are based on a "first come, first served" basis. Registration and more information here.

Co-sponsored by UNH Professional Development and Training


Differentiated Math Instruction (K-8)

May 24, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Portsmouth-Pease, $159

In a heterogeneous math classroom it seems impossible to meet the needs of all. Some students struggle to learn concepts and never gain a full understanding, because the class moves on to its next concept. Meanwhile, others would benefit from an accelerated pace and more challenges. Create a classroom that provides success and challenge for diverse students by developing student-motivated groups and individual goal work. Different grouping strategies to ensure success will be covered along with methods to provide student accountability and motivation. Registration and more information here

Co-sponsored by UNH Professional Development and Training


GLOBE Elementary Workshops for Teachers (K-4)

Two-day workshops in July and August, UNH-Manchester, $225 each (Discounts available)

We will read science stories and carry out creative, exciting and inquiry-based activities. The books and corresponding activities are designed for elementary readers. Elementary GLOBE materials also include extensive teacher's notes, and we will discuss its correlations to the Next Generation Science Standards. Each participant will walk away knowing how to set up and collect data that is scientifically sound which can be shared with the rest of the world through the GLOBE Program database of measurements. 

July 10th & 11th: Clouds, Climate, Aerosols 

Observe different types of Clouds, explore Weather and Climate Change through data collection and modeling, and learn how Aerosols in the atmosphere affect the sky (light properties and human health connections).*Free aerosol classroom kit ($125 value) for the first 12 registrants. Register here.

August 7th & 8th: Earth Systems, Seasons 

Understand how the Earth works as a system, and explore seasons by science journaling and learning about hummingbird migration. Register here.

August 14th & 15th: Soil, Water 

Get the scoop on soils by studying local soil samples and learning why we all need soil. 

Practice science skills of measuring and magnification, and observe stream macroinvertebrates. Register here.


Creative Coding with Scratch (K-8)

August 11, 9 am - 3:30 pm, UNH-Durham, $175

Coding is a necessary skill for the 21st century. You and your students can learn how to code within minutes using a simple programming language, Scratch. With Scratch, you will be able to implement coding in the classroom while teaching content and meeting state standards; enhance teaching and learning while students learn to create their own academically rich internet content; teach and apply Common Core math skills through the creation of games, stories and videos. Registration and more information here.

Co-sponsored by UNH Professional Development and Training


Engineering is Elementary Workshops for Teachers (K-6)

Fall Workshops TBD, $600

Engineering is Elementary is the Boston Museum of Science’s award-winning curriculum that provides a hands-on approach to discover how engineering and the engineering design process can be brought into the classroom. Learn to solve real-life problems and how everyday items work while embedding science and engineering into your existing ELA curriculum. This summer opportunity will provide ideas, practical projects, and resources to help integrate exciting engineering lessons into the K-6 classroom.


Research Experiences for Teachers of Engineering (RETE) (Gr. 6-12)

Registration now open!

Funded by the National Science Foundation's RISE program, RETE is an intensive summer research experience for middle- and high-school teachers, pre-service teachers, and community college teachers with a particular focus on STEM learning and engineering. For more information and application:


SPIRALS (Gr. 5-8)

The SPIRALS project-based curriculum, designed at UNH in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension and funded by NSF, provides a framework for exploring sustainability, natural resources, and human impacts on earth systems found within Earth Space Science disciplinary core ideas and science and engineering practices for NGSS. Curriculum training and planning support for teachers available. (5-8 grade educators) For more information: