Innovation in Education

K-9 STEAM School

AceraEI offers free workshops for public school science teachers

Acera’s Education Innovation Initiative (AceraEI) is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 Life Sciences Change Agent Teacher (LSCAT) Workshop series! Gene Editing with CRISPR: February 7 & March 6, 2020 June 24 & 26, 2020   The Human Microbiome:… Read More

Measuring what matters at school

By Courtney Dickinson What indicates a school’s success? Is it simply a standardized test score, like MCAS?  It isn’t. The decades-long standardized testing movement has failed to close the equity gap in education, which was its entire intent…. Read More

Scientific thinking and creative problem solving in action

The Pyne Arts first grader wasn’t satisfied with the results of her first experiment. “I added a big water and a big glue the first time, and I did three small Borax,” she noted, having written her first… Read More

Inside, Outside: Linking in-class content to real world issues and innovations

By Courtney Dickinson @CourtneyofAcera Jake, age 13, sits and experiments with circuitry and Arduino, figuring out how to connect and code in his “Robotic Bling” hands-on elective class. The 10-week course occurs once a week for 2 hours,… Read More

Scenes from the 2019 Innovator Symposium

On Thursday, October 24, Acera School buzzed with activity. In the Commons, parents and kids interacted with computers, explored soft robotics, and watched self-driving cars in action. In the Innovation Hub, they dissected flowers, took on design challenges,… Read More

Save the Date! Acera’s Innovator Symposium is October 24

What does an ocean-going robot do? What really is the secret life of bees? What does super-resolution microscopy look like? What can we learn about the earliest stages of heart disease? How can artificial intelligence help people make personal decisions? What will healing therapies… Read More

Middle school students bring a modular classroom to life

“It’s really cool to see this built…and real!” The excitement and pride was palpable as students, teachers, and parents gathered on a sunny morning in June. Behind them, brightly colored ribbons – awaiting the ceremonial cutting – surrounded… Read More

AceraEI secures $50k Amgen Foundation grant towards life sciences training for public schools

The Amgen Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the global biotechnology company Amgen, has awarded $50,000 to Acera: The Massachusetts School for Science, Technology and Leadership and its public outreach division, Acera Education Innovations (AceraEI). The grant will support… Read More

If your kids loved that, then they’ll enjoy this!

What a wonderful summer! Hundreds of kids came to Acera to make, discover, inquire, write, design, and create. The journeys can continue after school with Acera’s Enrichment Programs. Space is filling up quickly, so register for Trimester 1… Read More

Top five free actions to make schools better, and students happier

By Courtney Dickinson Kids often dread their return to school in the fall, and we – as adults – let them. Societally, we have made it a rite of passage to hate school, and we joke with students… Read More