The 2016 Summer Institute will run from June 20 to July 8 (9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.). The deadline to apply was March 15, 2016. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or wish to be placed on the mailing list for the 2017 Summer Institute.
The Exploratorium Teacher Institute offers a summer professional development program for middle school and high school science and mathematics teachers. Since 1984, we’ve provided summer institutes on a variety of secondary science and mathematics topics for teachers new to the Exploratorium. Our institutes support the content and pedagogy described in the Next Generation Science Standards. After completing one of these professional development institutes, you become an alumnus of the Teacher Institute and are eligible to attend alumni institutes and workshops.
During the institutes, teachers work with each other and with staff scientists and educators to learn more about science and mathematics teaching. On a typical day we interact with exhibits, engage in hands-on classroom activities, build small versions of Exploratorium exhibits, and share teaching strategies. Each day includes class instruction as well as independent project and research time.
If you've previously attended a Summer Institute, you are a Teacher Institute alumnus. We offer Alumni Summer Institutes on our alumni page.
Stipend and Credit
Each participant will be awarded a stipend of $2,500 after completion of the institute. Six units of graduate pass/fail continuing education credits will be available for purchase during the Summer Institute.
About the Summer Institute
Join us this summer for three weeks of nonstop science exploration! Teacher Institute scientists and educators will introduce you to the museum’s exhibits, the foundation of our teaching programs. They will also lead activities and model pedagogical skills that will help relay math and science concepts to your students. Together, we will carry out hands-on investigations of natural phenomena and highlight how they relate to human perception, physical science, life science, earth science, and mathematics. Many of our investigations will help you bring the NGSS into your curriculum.
Part of each day is spent exploring exhibits and doing classroom activities. In the afternoon, you can select from a menu of mini-workshop topics, create your own classroom exhibits in the machine shop, work on individual projects, and meet with Teacher Institute staff to focus on your specific needs. Additionally, you’ll get an insider's perspective on many of the Exploratorium's 600 discovery-based exhibits!
We offer concurrent versions of the Summer Institute, one for middle school teachers and one for high school teachers.