STEM Workshops for Teachers @UNH

Workshops for K-12 Educators

Seacoast SeaPerch Educator (Gr. 6-8)

January 20, 9 am - 4 pm, UNH-Durham, $20

Sponsored by the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at UNH, this day-long workshop provides formal and informal educators with methods for how to build, test and modify underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) in order to facilitate using this program in their classrooms. For more information contact: Tara Hicks Johnson (


Next Generation Science Standards for Administrators

March 28, 9 am - 12:30 pm, UNH-Manchester, $85

New Workshop!

New Hampshire has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards as the foundation for science instruction in the state. Teachers will be adjusting their teaching to those standards, and administrators will play a key role in helping their teachers be successful. Administrators will need a full understanding of the underlying principles incorporated into the standards in order to be supportive. This workshop will provide a clear understanding of the NGSS, and will provide an opportunity for district and school administrators to discuss ways of achieving successful implementation in their schools. This workshop is intended for an audience of principals, curriculum coordinators, superintendents and assistant superintendents. For more information:

UNH Professional Development & Training
Instructor:  Mark Wiley


Multi-level Math Instruction (Pre-4)

March 30, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Portsmouth, $165

In a heterogeneous math classroom it seems impossible to meet the needs of all. Some students never gain a full understanding of concepts because the class moves on, while others benefit from a challenging accelerated pace. In this workshop you will learn strategies that allow all learners to successully access the curriculum at their own pace. You will learn how to create a classroom that challenges diverse students by developing student-motivated groups and individual goal work. Different grouping strategies to ensure success will be covered along with methods that foster student accountability and motivation. This workshop was formerly known as Differentiated Math Instruction.
For more information:

UNH Professional Development & Training
Instructor:  Lauren Martin


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

April 13, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Portsmouth, $165

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.
For more information:

UNH Professional Development & Training
Instructor:  Lauren Martin


Unpacking Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

May 9, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Portsmouth, $165

In this workshop you will 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.
For more information:

UNH Professional Development & Training; Cosponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension
Instructor:  Mark Wiley


STEM Docent Stream Safari (Gr. K-8)

May 17-18, 9 am - 4 pm, UNH-Manchester, $165

Receive in-depth, ongoing training on NGSS aligned, inquiry-based, hands-on stream ecology curriculum and join a statewide network of STEM Docents. PD hours and CEU documentation available. STEM Docent volunteers are also available to bring Stream Safari to you for free!

Email for scholarship information. Registration Opens January 1st, 2018


Marine Science for Teachers (Gr. 5-12)

Summer 2018, Appledore Island, $100

An amazing opportunity for New Hampshire's middle and high school science teachers! Participate in an intensive week-long marine science workshop at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine.

The workshop will explore how teachers can utilize inquiry-based marine science activities to address appropriate Next Generation Science Standards. Expect group projects, lesson plan building, and curriculum alignment exercises. Sample workshop topics and activities include: water quality sampling, intertidal environment (abiotic and biotic factors), how to conduct a transect survey of a habitat, marine mammals, plankton, whale watch. Application and more information here.


Programs that schools/districts/regions may schedule with UNH


Ocean Exploration in the Classroom (K-12)

Ongoing, FREE

The Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) works at the intersection of education and ocean exploration to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pathways using the excitement of deep-sea exploration and technological innovation. UNH is proud to announce its partnership with OET through the Community STEM Program to bring exciting at-sea and onshore STEM programs to New Hampshire. Ship-to-shore live interactions with the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus are open. There is no cost for this exciting opportunity!  If your school or organization has access to internet, you are ready to participate. Live interactions  with explorers are available Monday through Friday from 9am - 5pm EDT, May 15th - November 15th, 2017. Registration and more information here. A/V equipment may be available for loan if needed.


Engineering is Elementary Workshops for Teachers (K-6)

6-hour workshops per unit, 20 units available

Lending library kits available

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. For more information, email


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

8 classes:  27 hours (3 hours each including one 6 hour class)

School Year support:  hours dependent upon teachers/district

Inquiry Teaching Methods welcomes teachers interested in exploring ways to support classroom teaching in integrating the Science and Engineering practices and moving towards an inquiry-based approach in which students take more responsibility for their learning.  Participants will practice shifting their existing curriculum to align with Science Practices that are within the Next Generation Science Standards. 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. Teachers 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 practices.  Teachers are asked to be “learners” throughout the course in order to really understand the implications of providing more responsibility to their learners:  engagement, curiosity, excitement, inventiveness and joy of learning.  Classroom observation, school-year coaching and support and follow up workshops are incorporated into the course. For more information, email


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

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. More information here.


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: