Core Projects

Projects with partner schools is at the heart of AceraEI.

In addition to school districts that send their science teachers to our ongoing Life Science Change Agent Teacher Trainings, AceraEI partners with whole schools or districts to create a plan to incorporate Tools to Transform Schools into the unique ecology of their communities.

AceraEI is currently engaged in a three-year partnership with the Lowell Public Schools District, specifically the Pyne Arts Magnet School, a K-8 public school. The plan, designed by AceraEI and the leadership team at Pyne Arts, includes tools and professional development to unlock creativity, student initiative, and STEM capacity in Lowell.

AceraEI welcomes superintendents, principals, department chairs and teachers to reach out to us at to discuss possibilities for partnership.

Life Sciences Change Agent Teachers

Save the date! LSCAT Professional Development Aug 16-20, 2021.

Our next LSCAT workshop is August 16-20! High school science teachers can earn PDP credits and learn cutting-edge lab activities in gene editing, microbiomics, and climate change. Learn more and register.

Using a Nine-Unit Biology Curriculum he developed and pilot-tested at Acera’s lab school, AceraEI’s Michael Hirsch leads a series of free teacher training workshops in gene editing with CRISPR, the human microbiome, and agriculture. The units are inquiry-driven lab activities that link to real world innovations, enabling more students to envision a pathway for themselves as scientists and innovators. More than 30 public high schools in Massachusetts – representing thousands of students – have participated in our Life Sciences series to date.

    Whole School Engagement

    In a groundbreaking three-year, whole-school approach, AceraEI is partnering with an urban K-8 public school in Lowell, Mass. We are leveraging our STEAM Maker Projects as an entry point to develop teachers as change agents within their school, unlocking students’ creativity, initiative, and scientific thinking skills and introducing a new and innovative teaching practice. Read about this partnership in The Hechinger Report.

      Measures for Health in Public Schools


      While most people wouldn’t connect kids with cardiovascular research, a Boston-based partnership is working to change that.

      One Brave Idea™(OBI) is a research and innovation initiative established to pursue unconventional scientific approaches in order to make major advances in the fight against coronary heart disease. Dr. Calum MacRae, MD, PhD – Vice Chair for Scientific Innovation and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School – recognized that examining health and wellness in youth was important to OBI’s mission, and sought out a partnership with Acera to facilitate K-12 involvement at scale.

      Acera piloted the Measures for Health in Schools (MHS) study at both its lab school and at Salem Academy Charter (SAC) in Salem, Mass, with 60 students in grades 6-9 and 57 parents participating. The study involved cutting-edge, standards-aligned science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula and positioned youth both as researchers of and contributors to real, impactful research.


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