The Center for Science Education offers many additional professional and educational resources for urban teachers and students at all grade levels.
In March 2012, local middle school students trekked to campus to participate in the "Saturday Science and Engineering Programming," sponsored by Emmanuel's Center for Science Education.
In all, nearly 25 students in grades 6-8 from the Greater Boston area participated in the new program, aimed toward providing a younger population with a positive experience in the sciences on a college campus. Students from Brookline's Pierce School, Boston's James P. Timilty Middle School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School in Roxbury participated in the program.
Students chose from two courses offered through the program, which took place during four two-hour sessions in March. "Can You Build This?" offered the chance for students to explore engineering principles by building their own toothpick bridges, mini trebuchets and gliders. The "Forensic Science" course allowed students to experience the science behind a crime scene by analyzing trace evidence, fingerprints, bite mark and blood stain patterns.
Science-Content Professional Development Courses for Secondary Science Teachers present secondary science teachers with current scientific research and findings in a variety of fields. Courses are taught by Emmanuel science faculty and include hands-on laboratory techniques designed to broaden secondary science teachers' knowledge of scientific concepts, current research, tools and techniques in science.
Professional Development Courses for Elementary Teachers in Learning and Teaching in Science present knowledge of science content, current research on science learning, national and state science learning standards and appropriate pedagogy for teaching science in the elementary grade levels, creating a supportive professional learning community among elementary teachers and college faculty.