STEM Workshops for Teachers @UNH

Workshops for K-12 Educators

 STEM Educators Summit

2017 Location: UNH Law School, Concord

Saturday, May 6, 8:30 am – 4 pm, $25 (includes lunch), registration opening March 15.

An annual statewide forum for K-12 STEM educators on professional development topics that teachers identify as timely, such as innovative practices, student learning, NGSS, common core and much more. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Dede will present his work on integrating computational thinking into ecosystems science education via modeling in immersive virtual worlds. Choose from several workshops and hear from the NH Department of Education about STEM happenings in the state. The STEM Teachers Collaborative will host this event along with the Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the UNH Department of Education.


GIS/GPS/Mapping Workshops (K-12)

Various dates in Plymouth and Durham, $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:


STEM Inquiry Connections to Food Systems Education

February 18, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH Farm and Forest Expo admission $7

In this workshop we will cover topics related to Food Systems with particular attention to how food systems can contribute to a healthy community through interrelated components, actions and results. Interwoven will be how to address Food Systems into your classroom with an emphasis on Inquiry Teaching, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the NGSS Science Practices. 


Ocean Resources Webinar - Informal Educators

March 8, 12 pm - 1 pm, Online, FREE

Learn about the many educational resources available at UNH on ocean topics. From our Ocean Exploration Trust Community STEM program, to exciting programs brought to you by the UNH Marine Docent program, to the Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge, we have a program for you! Emphasis on informal education in grades 6-8, but all are welcome. Registration and more information here.


Inquiry Teaching Methods: Grounding STEM Education Programs in Science Practices (K-12)

March 8 - May 10, UNH-Manchester, $250

Participants will learn the fundamentals of inquiry-based instruction and how to integrate NGSS science practices including how to ask investigable questions, planning an investigation and sharing results. You will conduct an inquiry investigation on their own and learn how to “shift” or change existing science activities into authentic inquiry-based activities that integrate NGSS science and engineering practices. This 24-hour course includes 7 classes on Wednesday evenings from 3:30-6:30.  Class meets on March 8, 15, 22, 25, 29, April 12 and May 10.  One full day class is on March 25 from 9-4pm. Some scholarships are available, please email for scholarship information. For more information: Register Here:


Program a Raspberry Pi (Gr. 6-12)

March 25, 9 am - 3:30 pm, UNH-Manchester, $175

The Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming, weather science, engineering and physics through fun, practical projects. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use a Raspberry Pi in your STEM subject area. You'll learn enough basic Python to program a mini weather station or a basic alarm circuit, and have time to develop a lesson plan for your students based on state standards. Hop on the Pi wagon and see what fun you can have with your students' imaginations. Registration and more information.

Co-sponsored by UNH Professional Development and Training


Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA (Gr. 6-12)

April 8, 8 am - 4 pm, UNH-Durham, FREE

Educators are invited to join NOAA OER facilitators to learn Why We Explore (Volume 1) and How We Explore (Volume 2) the deep ocean. Participants will learn about the importance of ocean exploration and the advanced technological capabilities of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used to explore the deep ocean. This 7-hour professional development will introduce standards-based, hands-on activities and online resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean energy, sophisticated underwater mapping technologies, unique deep-sea ecosystems, remotely operated vehicles and telepresence are just a few of the topics covered. Registration and more information here.


Implementing Digital Portfolios that Engage Students (K-8)

April 14, 9 am - 3:30 pm, UNH-Manchester, $159

Student portfolio development can be a powerful tool to support personalized, performance-based learning; student voice; world class knowledge and skills; and anytime/anywhere learning. It can be a system of support for students having difficulties. Portfolio development engages students in new and innovative ways that deepen the learning experience by adding metacognitive practices into the learning and assessment system. You will create a lesson plan that results in a digital portfolio artifact that will be uploaded into an online digital portfolio platform. Registration and more information here

Co-sponsored by UNH Professional Development and Training


Ocean Exploration in the Classroom (K-12)

April 18, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Granite State College - Conway, 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


Essential Curriculum Components to Build Number Sense (K-8)

April 19, 9 am - 3:30 pm, UNH-Manchester, $159

Develop your students' mathematical confidence by learning ways to build a stronger number sense. A strong number sense is the foundation needed for students to be flexible with their thinking about mathematics. In this workshop you will explore hands-on activities, daily routines, and the essential components to turn your students into confident mathematicians. Registration and more information here.

Co-sponsored by UNH Professional Development and Training


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: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


"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


Engineering is Elementary Workshops for Teachers (K-6)

June 25-30, UNH Durham, $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. To register, email


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


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

Registration opens soon!

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: