Collaboration with scientists, researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, programmers, designers and musicians is central to learning at Acera.

Current and Past Collaborators

The work of Acera School and AceraEI would not be possible without the partnership and support of our generous funders, public and community partners, and thought leaders over the last 10 years. In particular, we thank Saurabh and Richa Saha, who believed in AceraEI’s mission to transform science education for all students and made the initial investment in this effort.

Curriculum Collaborators

  • American Heart Association (STEM Goes Red)
  • Amino Biolabs
  • Aspire MGH
  • BU Social Development and Learning Lab
  • Handel and Haydn Society
  • MIT Media Lab MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics
  • One Brave Idea
  • Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach


  • Amgen Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science
  • Horne Family Foundation
  • One Brave Idea, funded by the American Heart Association, Verily and AstraZeneca
  • Saurabh and Richa Saha

Public School and Community Partners

  • American Heart Association – STEM Goes Red (Boston)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
  • Brilliant Labs of Atlantic Canada
  • Cambridge Youth Programs
  • 4H Clubs of Massachusetts
  • KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School and KIPP MA
  • Lowell Public Schools
  • Malden Public Library
  • Teachers from the following school districts participating in AceraEI’s Life Sciences Change Agent Teachers workshops:
    • Boston Latin School
    • Brockton High School
    • Burlington High School
    • Career Academy High School, Lowell
    • Dartmouth High School
    • Everett High School
    • Gloucester High School
    • Greater Lowell Technical High School
    • Innovation Academy Charter School, Tyngsboro
    • John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Boston
    • Joyce Middle School, Woburn
    • KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School
    • Lawrence High School
    • Littleton High School
    • Lowell High School
    • Masconomet Regional High School
    • Medford High School
    • Medford Vocational and Technical High School
    • Melrose High School
    • Minuteman Technical High School
    • New Liberty Innovation School of Salem
    • Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
    • Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
    • Salem Academy Charter School
    • Taconic High School
    • Winthrop High School
    • Woburn High School

Thought Leaders

  • Eric Alm, Ph.D., Founder, MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics
  • Angela Belcher, Ph.D., the James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science at MIT
  • Peter Blake, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Development and Learning Lab at Boston University
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • James Cleary, MD, Ph.D, Medical Oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT
  • 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
  • Julie Legault and Dr. Justin Pahara, Amino Biolabs
  • Calum MacRae, MD, Ph.D., Vice Chair/Scientific Innovation, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • John Maloney, Lead Developer of Scratch, MIT Media Lab and Founder of GP
  • Novartis Community Exploration and Learning Lab
  • Latanya Sweeney, PhD, Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Harvard University
  • Tufts Center for Engineering Education Outreach
  • Dr. Thomas Vandervelde, Associate Professor, Tufts School of Engineering