Professional development:

EI Institute: STEAM Innovators

July 17-21, 2023
1:00PM to 3:00PM

For K-12 educators, administrators, support staff. No prior experience necessary.

Incorporate hands-on STEAM into your classroom!

Each day, participants will practice a different hands-on STEAM tech tool and approach, and learn how to incorporate these skills into their own classrooms. Teachers will also learn ways to integrate the material into existing curricula across subject areas.

There is a standard set of skills that applies to every Maker module we designed at AceraEI: Storytelling, Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Creative Thinking, Interdisciplinary Thinking, Perspective Taking, and Sustainability.


Sessions will include:

  • Electronic Arts
  • Storytelling through Coding in Scratch Jr
  • Storytelling through Coding in Scratch 
  • Design Thinking and Coding in p5
  • Introduction to Arduino
  • Film Editing 
  • Using Generative AI (ex: ChatGPT) in your Classroom + Curriculum Planning
Materials: Computer; we will provide everything else, including snacks!

Program information

When: July 17-21, 2023, 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Where: The Acera School
5 Lowell Avenue
Winchester MA 01890

Program fee: $550

Contact: Irina Uk

*AceraEI is an approved DESE Professional Development Provider in Curriculum & Instruction – General, and Science and Technology/Engineering

Program instructors

Irina Uk, Education and Innovation Program Manager​

Irina is a graduate of the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at Harvard. She has been teaching Math and Creative Computing in formal and informal settings for the last 14 years. She also has worked in EdTech and is very passionate about making educational technologies accessible to teachers and students.

Sarah Zuckerman, Director of Education and Innovation​

Sarah is a graduate of the Arts in Education program at Harvard. Prior to her work in education leadership and program design, she was an art teacher in K-12 classrooms for 10 years, and has received numerous awards for her work, including Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Scholars Fellowship and the Sontag Prize for Urban Education, and has had works published by Education Leadership, Ed Week, and Americans for the Arts.

Program details

Mass teachers can earn 15 PDPs for participating. AceraEI is an approved DESE Professional Development Provider in Curriculum & Instruction – General, and Science and Technology / Engineering.

Fee: $550

Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity, and Leadership is a K-12 school founded in 2010 to offer hands-on, STEAM-rich learning in an individualized and question-driven environment. All of AceraEI’s curricula have been developed and pilot-tested with Acera students. Visit the school online at

Acera Education Innovation – AceraEI – is our public outreach division. AceraEI partners with teachers and school/district leaders to cultivate a love of learning in students through choice, voice, agency, and hands-on STEAM learning in public schools.

Contact us

The Acera School
5 Lowell Avenue
Winchester MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.3489

Irina Uk