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How Can We Store Water During a Drought? A sustainability engineering design problem for fourth graders

By Edward Watt & Gillian Andrews

Last summer our area, which has a strong agricultural economy, experienced a severe drought. We chose to explore this issue in-depth with our students, who understood firsthand the importance of water as a resource and of conserving water in their communities.

Published in Educator Resources, In the News on September 4, 2018.

Western MA Youth Climate Summit Inspires

Forty local high school students engaged in the first Western Massachusetts Youth Climate Summit on November 17, 2017, bringing them closer to a range of local, state, and world-wide solutions and ideas to address climate change problems, to empower each of them to begin working at their own schools.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on December 15, 2017.

Hitchcock Educators Travel to Latin America as Professional Fellows

Colleen Kelley, our Education Director, and Jessica Schultz, our Sustainability & Living Building Coordinator, have both been accepted into the Environmental Sustainability for Latin American Professional Fellows Program.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 15, 2017.

The Mass Cultural Council Funds 10 Naturalist-in-Residence Programs

Hitchcock Center environmental educators will be partnering with ten area schools thanks to over $36,000 in grant funding support from the Mass Cultural Council’s STARS (Students and Teachers working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) program.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on December 14, 2017.

Apollo 13 Professional Development Challenge Rouses Educators

Hitchcock Center educators develop and lead engaging professional development programs for K-12 teachers using real-life events. The recent Apollo 13 Challenge Professional Development workshop held on December 8th was no exception. Inspired by the film depicting America’s third Moon landing mission, Hitchcock environmental educators provided 60 Pre-K through 6th grade teachers in the Union 38 School District with a memorable learning experience that combined inquiry based science with “tinkering and making” skills that enhanced STE education (Science, Technology and Engineering) in their classrooms.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on December 14, 2017.

Press Release: Congressman Jim McGovern to Announce $148,586 Federal Institute for Museum and Library Services Grant To Hitchcock Center for “Learning from Nature” Exhibit Design

Amherst, MA – On June 29, 2016, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) will be visiting the Hitchcock Center’s new living building site and announcing an exciting federal grant award to the Hitchcock Center from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Hitchcock Center has been awarded a $148,586 IMLS grant for its innovative “Learning From Nature” exhibit design plan that will capture the interpretive potential of its artifacts and objects, its outdoor spaces, and built environment as portals into knowledge, feelings, and actions.

Published in Educator Resources, In the News, Living Building Project on June 26, 2016.

Westfield students at Russell Elementary learn about their environment

By Amy Porter for The Westfield News

RUSSELL – The children at Russell Elementary School have been getting to know their new environment close-up this spring with the help of naturalist Ted Watt and a $5,000 STARS grant (Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists and Scholars) from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Watt is an environmental educator with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst. His program helps children and adults understand the unique habitats and ecosystems of New England through hands-on instruction and mentorship.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, In the News on May 20, 2016.

Massachusetts Environmental Educators Gather for The Language of Climate Change

By Colleen Kelley

Every year in March a group of educators from the Hitchcock Center head to Worcester for the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) annual conference at Holy Cross College. This one-day conference brings together teachers, students, informal educators and professionals from across the state to exchange information, ideas and practices.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on April 11, 2016.

Busy Beavers – Engineering Design Challenge

By Patrick O’Roark

How can a nature center educate about engineering? With a little help from a friend and a little inspiration from one of nature’s most amazing engineers, the beaver.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on February 24, 2016.

Energize Northampton!

By Patty O’Donnell

The Hitchcock Center is pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant from the Northampton Education Foundation (NEF) Endowment Fund for the 2015-16 academic year to continue our Energy Literacy education program. The program, entitled Energize Northampton! will be offered to all 4th grade classrooms in the four Elementary Schools in the Northampton School District – Jackson Street School, RK Finn Ryan Road School, Leeds Elementary School, and Bridge Street School.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on January 7, 2016.
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