NEST

Network of Educators in Science and Technology

For SEPT alumni:  staying connected with MIT and colleagues

The Network of Educators in Science and Technology (NEST) is a member driven organization open to alumni of the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT). After the successful completion of the very first Science and Engineering Program for Teachers in 1989, its participants organized themselves into the New England Science Teachers, a unique fellowship of teachers who remain linked to MIT and who believe in the importance of its work to promote science literacy. To reflect its national growth, this group was renamed the Network of Educators in Science and Technology.

Mission:

  • NEST, organizationally and through individual efforts of its members, will engage in endeavors which result in the enhancement of scientific, mathematical and technological literacy.

  • NEST will work to enhance the professional background of, and educational resources to K-12 teachers.

  • We accept the mission of our organization as a personal challenge to support each other in this endeavor and to enlist the cooperation of the community.

Member opportunities:

NEST membership offers the following opportunities to SEPT alumni who pay dues each year (see dues payment information at the bottom of this page):

Annual NEST Reunion at MIT

NEST members are invited back to MIT for a two-day retreat each June - beginning with the McNamara Workshops on the Thursday evening of SEPT and extending through an interactive NEST meeting on Saturday morning. Thurs. evening through Sat. morning of SEPT.

Teacher of the Year Awards

To celebrate our members who have promoted science, engineering, and technology in and out of the classroom in an extraordinary way, NEST awards one or two educators with the Teacher of the Year award each June - the winning teachers receive a certificate and an award of $250. Nomination letters are typically written by a teacher's principal, supervisor, past students, or fellow NEST members and emailed to sept@mit.edu. Nominations due April 1.

Student Recognition Awards

To encourage and reward student interest in science and mathematics, NEST has created student awards for "science activism" that are presented in a public forum. The awards are based not solely on a student's scholastic achievements, but on the student's outreach into the school and community, and their passion for science. Each NEST member may select one student to recognize. The selected student receives an MIT NEST award certificate and a copy of a book written by an MIT author. Due May 1 or 4 weeks before requested date.

McNamara Workshops

Interested members can submit ideas to lead workshops on the first evening of the NEST Reunion - the Thursday during SEPT week. In the past, presenters have shown their favorite demonstrations or hands-on activities to fellow NEST members and the current SEPT class. Going forward, we're open to new ideas from member proposals!

NEST Newsletter

The NEST Newsletter is distributed by email twice a year with articles and other contributions from NEST members (such as news about members, personal accounts of educational travel and research, and unique classroom happenings). Avi Ornstein (SEPT '89) is the NEST Newsletter Editor and accepts submissions for the fall and spring issues by September 1st and March 1st, respectively. Submissions due March 1 and September 1.

SEPT Teachers E-mail Discussion List

Alumni of SEPT can subscribe to the SEPT-teachers e-mail list, which alerts subscribers to items of interest, and provides a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and projects among teachers.

Annual NEST Member Dues

Each SEPT alumnus remains a member of NEST with an annual dues payment of $25.00, which covers the cost of materials and postage for Student Recognition Awards and the Teacher of the Year Award. Detailed instructions for paying dues are announced by the end of January, with a request to pay by check or PayPal. Due April 1st or before Student Award requests:

Please make out your check to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and send to:

Emily Martin, SEPT Coordinator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
20 Ames Street, E15-301
Cambridge, MA 02142

Or, pay online using PayPal:

2016 NEST Membership

-Donate to the Science & Engineering Program for Teachers
-Donate to the Ellie Bonsaint SEPT Scholarship Fund