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Member Opportunities

Dues-paying NEST members are part of the extended MIT community and are offered the following opportunities (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.

McNamara Workshops

Interested members can submit ideas to lead workshops on the first evening of the NEST Reunion - the Thursday during SEPT week. Presenters show their favorite demonstrations or hands-on activities to fellow NEST members and the current SEPT class.

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, or past students and emailed to

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.

NEST Newsletter

The NEST Newsletter is published twice a year and distributed to its members.

NEST Discussion List (NESTD-L)

The NESTD-L is the e-mail list for NEST members. The list broadcasts approximately 3-4 messages each week alerting the membership to sources of interest, and provides a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and projects between members. The NESTD-L is the best way to receive the NEST Newsletter and announcements about board member elections, dues payments, and member opportunities.

Research Experience for Teachers

Through the efforts of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering and other campus laboratories, a 7-week summer research opportunity at MIT is made available to our membership.A stipend is awarded for a limited number of participants.

Tours of MIT Laboratories

Students, through their NEST teacher, have a unique vehicle for exploring and collaborating with MIT Departments, Centers, and Laboratories as well as with its faculty, staff, and students. The NEST Secretary, Ken Brody, may arrange tours at MIT upon request at

Annual NEST Member Dues

Each educator remains a member in the organization with a small annual dues payment of $25.00 (raised for 2014 in honor of the 25th anniversary of SEPT). The instructions for paying dues will be announced by the end of January 2014.

Please send your check to:

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


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2014 NEST Membership



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