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ABE Massachusetts Newsletter | September 2021
Happy New School Year from the ABE Massachusetts Team!

It's that time again. You're back in your classrooms and you're feeling good about this new school year. We are too. 
Even in uncertainty, we build community. 

More than ever, the ABE MA Team is here to support you and your students' needs. So talk to us, tell us what you need (and more importantly,
what you don't need). We are here for you.

Alia, Hege, Kara, & Deb
ABE MA Scheduling for the
2021 - 2022 Program Year

As of the deadline, we have had over 50 teachers sign up to participate in 2021 - 2022 ABE Program Year. If you did not submit your scheduling preferences, please fill out the survey as soon as possible. Teachers have been scheduled into their first or send choice cycles and the ABE MA Team will be sending out scheduling confirmation emails by early next week. 

ABE MA 2021 - 2022 Scheduling Survey
PCR Labs & Student DNA

We're wondering how many teachers have permission and plan to run a PCR lab that requires students' DNA. Please click on the response below that is most appropriate.

Fill out the PCR Lab & Student DNA Survey
Shh, It's a Secret Survey Packages: Coming to a mailbox near you!

Back in June, we asked our ABE MA teachers to fill out a Shh, It's a Secret Survey. The first packages have been shipped! They don’t contain reagents but with it, you’ll be warm enough for a heat shock. 🤔🧬

Life Sciences Outreach Fall Faculty Series: Applications are Open
New Feature: A Nature Briefing Pick

Here we will highlight articles and resources from Nature Briefing. You can sign up for their daily newsletter here. It's a great way to stay current on what's going on in science news (plus they state how long each piece takes to go through or interact with).  

Read More Here
LabXchange Content
How to calculate amounts in the laboratory
Classroom Discovery Guides from the Broad Institute
Shout out to ABE MA Teacher, Don Pinkerton, for his work on these resources!

Through these NGSS-aligned curriculum guides for high school biology classrooms, students will learn about how the key fields of biomedicine –– like genetics, cancer, and infectious disease –– have evolved since the human genome was first sequenced. If educators have any questions they can email

Read More Here
This is a collection of 30 lesson plans (civics and science) to accompany episodes of Brave New Planet -- Eric Lander's 2020 podcast -- exploring powerful new technologies such as gene drives, predictive algorithms, robots, and self-driving cars and their ethical implications. If educators have any questions they can email me at
Episodes and the lesson plans can be accessed here
What We're Reading
Download Report
Community: Articles, Events, Opportunities, Talks
Register Here
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The Harvard Bookstore is hosting a virtual event with America's funniest science writer, Mary Roach on October 5th at 5PM. 
Learn More Here
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HACE Climate Bootcamp
The Climate Boot Camp is a joint sustainability training initiative created by the Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment (HACE) shared interest group and Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project. 

When is the Climate Boot Camp?

Starting Thursday, October 14, 2021, tune in for five 1.5-hour classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET plus three optional Saturday small group work/discussion sessions. On-demand sessions will be available the day following the live session for Europe and Asia and for those who missed individual classes.  

Training Session dates and times:

  • Thursday, October 14, 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET
  • Tuesday, October 19, 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET
  • Thursday, October 21 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET
  • Tuesday, October 26, 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET
  • Thursday, October 28, 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET
You can register as an "Invited Friend of Colleague" by submitting Alia's email address ( 
Register Here

The 2021 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) Digital Conference
October 25 – 29, 2021
Registration is now open

Register for SACNAS
Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET)

As a benefit to membership, the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) has established the GET opportunity for educators (formal and informal) to purchase non-consumable items that engage and enrich student learning.

This grant opportunity is open to all MAST members. You must be a current MAST member to apply. Every year five $200 awards will be presented to applicants who demonstrate the use/value of a particular item for their students and science education.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021
Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET) Application: Apply Here
Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant

All current members of the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) are eligible to apply for the Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant, established in memory of Elaine Adams, chemistry teacher at Phillips Academy and one of the four founders of the former Science Teachers Area Resource Swap (STARS).

Each year one $500 award will be presented to an applicant who proposes pursuing a professional development venture that is interesting and new for themselves and that has the potential to be of use/value for their students and science education. Recipients are expected to present a workshop at an upcoming MAST Conference. Prior winners may apply again however new awardees will be given priority over previous winners.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021
Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant Application: Apply Here
The Laboratory Robotics Interest Group of New England (LRIG-NE) is providing up to $2,500 will be awarded to those science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in secondary schools throughout New England who best meet the criteria below. The objective of these grants is to provide funds to expand project-based activities in educational settings.
LRIG-New England Marsha Paul Education Grant Application: Deadline is December 31, 2021
Win a classroom set of minipettes
We'll raffle one set of 10 minipettes this month of September. That's a $90 value, plus free shipping is included for recipients in the continental US states. Results will be announced before next month's newsletter.
Enter Raffle
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