Educator Training

Biosphere 2 hosts the teacher professional development unit, Arizona Center for STEM Teachers (ACST). To learn more about ACST programs, please click on the quick link below. Planning is underway for the next ACST Summer Institute. Details will be posted on the ACST web site and on the ACST Ning.

For additional information, please contact:
Kevin Bonine
Education and Outreach, Biosphere 2

Arizona Center for STEM Teachers

The Arizona Center for STEM Teachers (ACST) was created in December 2008 to establish a resource and training center that will expand the quality and retention of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers in Arizona. The APS Foundation has generously provided funding for 2013-14 programs.

The Center’s mission is to enhance and deepen the skills of Arizona STEM educators to ensure that their teaching translates to successful graduates who can effectively compete and prosper in the 21st century marketplace. Located at the University of Arizona Biosphere 2 research facility in Oracle, the Center has engaged more than 500 teachers statewide over the last five years.

The Center is teacher-driven and provides Arizona STEM teachers with:

  • Intensive residential summer programs incorporating research projects, formal lectures and curriculum development.
  • In partnership with the Arizona K-12 Center, professional coaching, mentoring and ongoing classroom support provided by experienced, master-level math and science teachers.
  • A STEM teacher Web site and portal with online resources, toolkits, discussion boards and forums for sharing best practices, professional development and mentoring opportunities.
  • Broad-based linking partnerships for educators to access state-of-the-art teacher resources through the UA College of Science, the B2 Institute and B2 Earthscience, and other educational entities.

An essential feature of the Center's programs is the role played by veteran teachers in developing and enabling statewide teacher professional development, and the universal support of faculty from all three Arizona universities needed to bring about systemic change. For more information, please vist: http://azstemteacherscenter.org