STEM Workshops for Teachers @UNH

Opportunities for K-12 Educators

Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering

Monday, June 25 to Friday, August 3, 2018, PAID.

The 2018 RETE will be held at the UNH campus in Durham, NH during the summer.  The duration will be six continuous weeks (there is scheduling flexibility for July 4 and vacations), with up to seven days of activities during the academic year.  Activities take place during a normal full time five-day per week schedule with holidays and weekends off (except where research schedule dictates). Room and board (in a single-occupancy UNH dormitory) is provided for individuals wishing to stay on campus to minimize commuting time and expenses and to take full advantage of university resources (laboratories, libraries, computer clusters, etc.).   Commuters will receive a meal card loaded with some meals for lunch and for occasional dinners with the group. A few spots are still available, so apply today!

Creative Computing Challenge Educator Training with STEM Docents

Wed, 07/25/2018 to Fri, 07/27/2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm, $250.
Teach the skills of tomorrow with Creative Computing Challenge! This workshop walks you through MIT App Inventor curriulum module created by UNH Cooperative Extension. Join the STEM Docent team in this workshop and receive in-depth, ongoing training on inquiry-based, hands-on engineering curriculum. Interested volunteers and education professionals welcome. 

All training participants are requested to teach one lesson learned during the training at the STEM Discovery Lab's Creative Computing Challenge Girls Summer Camp (July 30 - August 3, 9:00 - 3:00). The purpose of participant involvement in the camp is to gain pracitice teaching with support from UNH Cooperative Extension staff. Note that training participants do not need to attend the entirety of the camp. for more information or to register, contact Megan Glenn at UNH Cooperative Extension. 

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

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

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.

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:

University Instrumentation Center


  • Tours – Tour the four laboratories of the UIC and get a first-hand look at some of the highest quality research instrumentation in the state

  • Instrument Demonstrations – Witness hands on demonstrations of instruments collecting data from your own provided specimens

  • Demonstrations in your Classroom – Bring the UIC into your classroom or auditorium by connecting remotely to live instrument data collection sessions using TeamViewer® software

  • Supplement Your Curriculum – Receive data collected on your provided specimens from research quality scientific instrumentation to support your current curriculum and lab practicals

  • Training – Receive hands on training of major scientific instruments for yourself or your students

Email the UIC for more information.