Collaboration with scientists, researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, programmers, designers and musicians is central to learning at Acera. From our early days, connections with leading thinkers have inspired our students and teachers to create, innovate and lead. Ultimately, with appropriate investment, we can use these collaborative projects to transform STEM education beyond our walls.
Our education innovation team is actively working to develop and share new education tools and curricula that link STEM ideas to real world innovations. Partnerships we seek towards this goal include:
- A professional development partnership with a graduate school of education to foster new capacities in new and mid-career educators.
- A partnership with a public-school district that includes workshops to support change-agent teachers, new practices and curricula within public schools, and the creation of public innovation schools. More on the Teacher Change Agent Series.
- Dedicated partnerships that enable research on topics that can inform teacher training, community workshops and symposia, school curricula, and new educational models.
- A sponsor to fund the formal launch of an Education Innovation Initiative.
Current and Past Collaborators
Eric Alm, PhD, Alm Microbiome Lab at MIT; Research focused on engineering microbial ecology to improve human health and engineering the human microbe. Eric Alm has been a long-time curriculum collaborator with Acera.
Angela Belcher, PhD, the James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science at MIT; Director of the Bimolecular Materials Group at MIT; member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research; 2004 MacArthur Fellow. Angela Belcher has collaborated with Acera on curriculum and teaching.
Peter Blake, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Development and Learning Lab at Boston University
James Cleary, MD, Ph.D, Medical Oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Mark J. Daly, Ph.D., Chief, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital; member of the Broad Institute
Tami Lieberman, Assistant Professor, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT focused on uncovering the principles governing colonization, niche range and personalization in the human microbe. Tami Lieberman collaborates with Acera on the OBI initiative.
Julie Legault and Dr. Justin Pahara, Amino Biolabs, which aims to bring synthetic biology to the world, with an all-in-one mini-lab kit that can be used in labs and classrooms.
John Maloney, Lead Developer of GP, a general purpose blocks programming language; Former Lead Developer of Scratch, MIT Media Lab
Calum MacRae, MD, Recipient and Lead of One Brave Idea Research Award, a $75 million investment in winning the fight against coronary heart disease, funded by the American Heart Association, Verily and AstraZeneca; Vice Chair for Scientific Innovation in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Acera is the partner school with OBI. Watch a video about OBI and Acera.
Latanya Sweeney, PhD, Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Harvard University; Former Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Latanya Sweeney and her students currently collaborate with Acera on a curriculum project.
Dr. Thomas Vandervelde, Associate Professor, Tufts School of Engineering; Extensive research experience in optoelectronics and photonics
This work would not be possible were it not for the generous support of our funders:
Saurabh and Richa Saha who believe in the mission to transform science education for all students, donated $50,000 in 2016 as an investment in this effort. Saurabh Saha was also instrumental in supporting Acera to receive a $50,000 grant from Bristol Myers Squibb for Acera’s Education Innovation Initiative in 2018.