MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Teachers Selected to Make MIT BLOSSOMS Lessons

January 27, 2014

After attending a series of lesson development workshops at MIT, eight Massachusetts science teachers have been selected to create lessons that will go up on the MIT BLOSSOMS website. These lessons are designed to incorporate required features of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and will serve as resources for teachers wishing to follow these new science and engineering standards. 

The eight selected science teachers include:

  • Bill Andrake – Swampscott Middle School
  • Julie Boehm - Wellesley High School
  • Alan Crosby (with Jessica Silverman) - Newton South High School
  • David Form - Nashoba Regional High School
  • Gary Garber - Boston University Academy
  • Fred Pontillas - John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science
  • Naomi Volain - Springfield Central High School
  • Leslie Reinherz - Canton High School

The titles of these new lessons are listed below, and all eight should be on the MIT BLOSSOMS website by July of this year.

  • “Will an Ice Cube Melt Faster in Freshwater or Saltwater, and Why Should We Know?”
  • “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: A Lesson in Human Evolution”
  • “How big Is a Mole? (Do We Really Understand Avogadro’s Number?)
  • “The Evolution of Surnames in Formville: On Genetic Drift”
  • “The Rocks of Magnesia: How Magnetism Works”
  • “Ecological Tipping Points: When Is Late Too Late?”
  • “The Ecological Cost of Dinner”
  • “How Do Those BLOSSOMS Grow?”