The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS, Inc.) is a non-profit organization, based in Massachusetts, that provides high quality professional development for K-12 teachers and informal educators.
Through collaborations with over 100 museums, aquaria, nature centers, and other non-profit science education organizations, MITS' educator workshops and programs increase awareness of and improve the quality of teaching inquiry-based, minds-on, hands-on STEM education.
By providing teachers with the knowledge, skills and resources to provide effective STEM instruction, MITS programs increase student interest and achievement in science, technology and engineering. MITS programs tap the expertise of educators and scientists from research, cultural and educational organizations, and colleges and universities to model inquiry-based science, engineering and technology curricula. To be able to successfully teach inquiry-based science, teachers need to be immersed in model programs as both themselves and educators. By participating in MITS programs, teachers learn how to develop and implement an inquiry-based curriculum. They investigate science, engineering, technology and environmental/community issues on a variety of levels based on the local expertise of educators, research and industry scientists and local policy makers.
The National Academy of Sciences report, Rising above the Gathering Storm, states:
"Students learn about science, mathematics and technology first and foremost through interactions with teachers.
Changing the nature of those interactions is the surest way to improve education in these subjects in the United States."
MITS programs help bring about a positive change in the way science education is taught in our elementary, middle and high school classrooms by working with teachers to ensure they understand and are comfortable using inquiry-based, hands-on pedagogy. Learn more at www.mits.org.