Summer Workshop Testimonials

Ana M. Caldeira

Summer Workshop attendee 1998-2017

The workshops helped me become a better, more knowledgeable teacher — I could cite current research and was aware of recent discoveries. During the workshops, I performed labs using state-of-the-art equipment, collaborated with other teachers, and developed hands-on activities to use in my classroom. I have access to curricula developed by other workshop participants online, as well as lectures by experts, and have shared many of the curricula with my colleagues.

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David Eatough

Summer Workshop attendee, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2016

The workshop curriculum is incredibly enriching and reflects the latest research. It is intellectually and professionally stimulating to be surrounded by like-minded, passionate peers. I’ve woven workshop content throughout my classes, using prepared slides to demonstrate morphogenesis in class, and the StarGenetics program to reinforce Mendelian genetics. It is important for my students to see that despite my advancing age, I consider myself — above all — a learner, and that I am deeply interested in science.

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Jill Moran

Summer Workshop attendee 2017

I decided to participate in the summer workshop because I wanted to learn about cutting edge topics within the realms of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and biomechanics. As I’d hoped, the speakers on neuroscience and fMRI imaging were amazing, and I’ve since incorporated more current research and practices — including the neuroplasticity vision goggle lab and various dissection techniques —  into my anatomy and physiology classes. Being able to share the research being conducted at MIT with students is invaluable!

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Ken Bateman

Summer Workshop attendee 2010-2017

Over the years, I’ve been able to use the biology I learned during the summer workshops to build curricula for my own classroom. Most memorable were the years where we looked at bacterial growth, biofuels and neuroscience. I have my honors students do a long-term project on bacterial growth that has incorporated knowledge from the workshops, and I do a lesson on biofuels in my AP environmental science class. During the summers, I use the spiker boxes to measure action potentials in human muscle contractions.

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Leah Barton

Summer Workshop attendee 2008, 2009, 2015

I’ve attended the workshops out of personal interest, and to network with other teachers. I’ve gained the ability to share snippets of information and experiences with my students. This adds both richness and substance to my teaching practices, and connects students with the real-world implications of information “in the textbook.” Very few of the labs have been immediately applicable to my practice, but having done them enables me to do a better job designing investigations for my students.

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Nancy Cianchetta

Summer Workshop attendee 2015, 2017

I attended the summer workshops to gain quality instruction and cutting-edge knowledge to share with my students and fellow teachers.  For instance, I learned and practiced brain dissection techniques that I’ve since used in my Anatomy & Physiology classes. Because of the work we did with backyard brains equipment one summer, I have also included related activities and discussions in my engineering classes as well.

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Anndy Dannenberg

Summer Workshop attendee since 2002

I’ve attended the workshops out of personal interest, and to network with other teachers. I’ve gained the ability to share snippets of information and experiences with my students. This adds both richness and substance to my teaching practices, and connects students with the real-world implications of information “in the textbook.” Very few of the labs have been immediately applicable to my practice, but having done them enables me to do a better job designing investigations for my students.