Science Matters e-blast - January 12, 2012

 

January 12 - 25, 2012 Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast

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In this E-Blast

  1. Leadership
  2. The Science Matters Network in Michigan
    1. Welcome Back
  3. Michigan Department of Education
    1. MDE Green Ribbon School Announcement
    2. Job Opportunity
    3.  

  4. Information for Parents
    1. GLOBE at Night 2012
    2. Final Call - Student Experiments / Community Based Opportunities on the ISS
    3. Upcoming Deadlines
  5. Information for Students (and Parents Too!)
    1. Calling All Outstanding Outdoor Kids
    2. Minority Scholarship in Physics
    3. Upcoming Deadlines
  6. Grants for K-12 Teachers
    1. Deadline Approaching - Japan/US Teacher Exchange Program
    2. Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers
    3. Inspire Excellence in Science and Mathematics
    4. Siemens STEM Academy
    5. NEA Foundation - Nickelodeon Big Help Grants
    6. Upcoming Deadlines
  7. Information for K-12 Science Teachers
    1. The Premier Conference on Science Education in 2012 - Indianapolis
    2. Stop Lecturing Me
    3. Free Teacher After School Opportunity at the Grand Rapids Museum - Facing Mars
    4. MSTA Conference Early Registration Incentives
    5. Upcoming Deadlines
  8. Information for High School Science Teachers
    1. BSCS Field Test Opportunity for Grade 9-12 Science Teachers
    2. Free Safety Symposium
    3. Upcoming Deadlines
  9. Information for Middle School and High School Science Teachers
    1. Expand Scientific Literacy and the Excitement of Discovery
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  10. Information for Middle School Teachers
    1. MEECS Training
    2. Facing Mars Workshops in February
    3. Climate Change Workshops in February
    4. Upcoming Deadlines
  11. Information for Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers
    1. Upcoming Deadlines
  12. Information for Elementary School Science Teachers
    1. Early Learner Workshop - All About Nature
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  13. Science Humor
    1. Selections from the 10 Funniest Things Ever Said in Education
  14. January Contest - Starbuck Gift Cards

Here are your science education resources and announcements for January 12 - 25, 2012 provided by the Michigan Science Matters Network. These science education highlights are emailed to Key Leaders, Points of Contact and State Partners. Please forward them on to other science educators in your school. If you have questions or comments, please forward them to:David BydlowskiMichigan Coordinator-Science Matters NetworkThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://bap.nsta.orghttp://www.msta-mich.org/smnorSue CampbellMSTA RepresentativeThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.msta-mich.org

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1. Leadership

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you to Herm Boatin, Science consultant and lecturer, University of Michigan-Dearborn, for contributing this leadership quote.


The Science Matters Network In Michigan


2a. Welcome Back

Welcome back to school and welcome back to the first Michigan Science Matters Network eBlast for 2012. This is going to be an exciting year in science education. The two driving forces will be:The Next Generation Science StandardsSTEM Education and the new STEM Hub Network in Michigan

Keep reading the eBlast to stay informed. Encourage your friends to become Points of Contact. Just visit:http://nsta.org/sciencemattersClick on Teachers (left hand column)Click on Become a Point of Contact (lower right hand column)

But if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact your Michigan Coordinator - David Bydlowski at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Michigan Department of Education


3a. MDE Green Ribbon School Announcement

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will participate in the Green Ribbon Schools program. The Green Ribbon Schools program was recently launched by the U. S. Department of Education to recognize schools that save energy and reduce operating costs, create environmentally friendly learning spaces, promote student health, and provide environmental education to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Green_Ribbon_Schools_372791_7.pdf


3b. Job Opportunity

The Michigan Department of Education has re-posted an Education Research Consultant 14 position, Bureau of Assessment and Accountability, on the State of Michigan posting site.

This is the MEAP Administration and Reporting Consultant position that oversees all implementation aspects of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), Michigan's largest assessment program. It is a permanent full-time position located in Lansing. To apply and/or view the position description, click on the link below, select Education as the Department, and click the red GO button.

Applications are being accepted through January 16, 2012.

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/michigan/default.cfm?action=jobs&sortBy=CLASSIFICATION&sortByASC=ASC&bHideSearchBox=1&PROMOTIONALJOBS=0&SEARCHAPPLIED=0&TRANSFER=0


Information for Parents


4a. GLOBE at Night 2012

GLOBE at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution. GLOBE students and community members measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone. There will be four opportunities to participate in GLOBE at Night in 2012. The first is January 14 - 23.
In 2011, more countries than ever before participated in the GLOBE at Night campaign. Nearly all of the 14,249 measurements were taken by 48 of the 115 countries. Participation in GLOBE at Night is fun and easy! For more information, visit the GLOBE at Night webpage at:http://www.globeatnight.org/index.html


4b. Final Call - Student Experiments / Community Based Opportunities on the International Space Station

Last November, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE, http://ncesse.org) sent out a national announcement of opportunity for a STEM education program that engages typically hundreds of students (grades 5-12) across a community in real science aboard the International Space Station (ISS). It is called the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) and it is truly changing the way students and teachers view science, science education, and the process of learning. This is an authentic, immersive experience that embraces ownership in learning for the learner, and garners very significant media attention. We have flown student payloads on the final two Space Shuttle flights and now on ISS.

For the current opportunity - SSEP Mission 2 to ISS - each participating community is provided all launch services to fly a real microgravity research mini-laboratory on Space Station from September 28 to November 12, 2012 via Soyuz 32, and a kit for assembly of their mini-lab. An 8-week experiment design competition, which includes your student teams writing and submitting real experiment proposals is held Spring 2012 (March-April). These teams are all designing real microgravity experiments and are vying for your community's reserved mini-lab slot on Space Station. The process precisely mirrors how professional researchers design a research program and submit proposals to acquire the limited and necessary resources. This is student immersion IN REAL SCIENCE, with the opportunity to fly a real experiment on the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - AMERICA'S NEWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY - as the carrot.

The flight opportunity I am writing you about is called "Mission 2 to the International Space Station."
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, a 501c3 non-profit, oversees the SSEP. Participation in the program has a real cost, which is a hurdle in today's economic climate. Our Center is therefore committed to assist in finding funding for interested communities, and we have found funding for 28 of the 39 communities that have participated thus far. But fundraising requires time, and for a community to have a Mission 2 to ISS program start on March 5, 2012, we need to fundraise right now. This is therefore a final call for Mission 2 to ISS.

URGENT: If your community is interested in SSEP Mission 2, then quickly have someone with authority over a team of teachers capable of carrying out this program in your community call directly at:
301-395-0770.

NOTE: SSEP IS NOT DESIGNED FOR PARTICIPATION BY A GROUP AS SMALL AS AN INDIVIDUAL CLASS OR DOUBLE CLASS OF 30-60 STUDENTS. The expectation is a plan for at least 200-300 grade 5-12 students fully engaged in experiment design in a participating community.

The SSEP program home page: http://ssep.ncesse.org


4c. Upcoming Deadlines

January 14 - 23, 2012: GLOBE at Night. Please visit:http://www.globeatnight.org/index.html

February 12 - 21, 2012: GLOBE at Night. Please visit:http://www.globeatnight.org/index.html

March 13 - 22, 2012: GLOBE at Night. Please visit:http://www.globeatnight.org/index.html

April 11 - 20, 2012: GLOBE at Night. Please visit:http://www.globeatnight.org/index.html

April 30, 2012: Deadline to apply for the Grandparents, Grandkids, and Grand Valley State University (G3) Summer Camp. Please visit:http://www.gvsu.edu/g3


Information for Students (and Parents too!)


5a. Calling All Outstanding Outdoor Kids


The Department of Natural Resources and Hudsonville Ice Cream are looking for kids who have gone above and beyond to preserve, protect and promote outdoor recreation opportunities for generations to come - because this commitment to their community and the outdoors is Pure Michigan.

 

They will recognize an outstanding outdoor kid, aged 8-18, who has gone above and beyond. This kid, who must be a Michigan resident, may have helped to build a trail, fundraise for a new soccer field, participate in a playground build, start a new recreational event, clean beaches and more.

One outstanding outdoor kid will be chosen from each age group; 8-11, 12-14 and 15-18. Applications will be taken into consideration by a cross section of representatives from the DNR, Hudsonville Ice Cream, the Natural Resources Commission and non-profit youth organizations and community leaders. The winner and one runner-up from each age group will be notified by mail.

The deadline to apply is January 23, 2012. To nominate an outdoor kid, please contact Erik Thornbury at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or231-301-3324


5b. Minority Scholarship for Physics


The American Physics Society is providing an award of $2000 per year for new minority students and $3000 per year for renewal students to be used for tuition, room and board, and educational materials. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2012. For more information, please visit:

http://www.aps.org/programs/minorities/honors/scholarship/


5c. Upcoming Deadlines

January 14, 2012: Deadline for K12 students to enter the DNR Turkey Patch Design Contest. Please visit:www.michigan.gov/michiganprojectwild

January 15, 2012: Deadline for students ages 8 - 16 to apply to be honored as a Young Eco-Hero. Please visit:http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero-awards

January 23, 2012: Deadline to nominate an outstanding Outdoor Kid. Please contact:Erik Thornbury at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

January 30, 2012: Deadline for High School Students to apply for the Summer 2012 NASA Develop Program. Please visit:http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/

February 3, 2012: Deadline for minority students to apply for the American Physics Society's Minority Scholarship. Please visit:http://www.aps.org/programs/minorities/honors/scholarship/

February 27, 2012: Deadline for communities to participate in the SSEP Flight Opportunities on the International Space Station. Please visit:http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities/in-our-own-words/

February 29, 2012: Deadline for 10 - 12 year old students to enter the Bob the Bunny Cartoon Competition. Please visit:http://www.volvoadventure.org/home.aspx

March 1, 2012: Deadline for students in grades 6-12 to enter the Kavli Save the World Through Science and Engineering Video Contest. Please visit:http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2012festival/contests/kavli-video-contest

March 1, 2012: Deadline for students in grades 3 - 12 to enter the EngineerGirl! Essay Contest. Please visit:http://www.engineergirl.org/

March 12, 2012: Deadline for high school students to enter the Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. Please visit:http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml

March 15, 2012: Deadline for K-12 Students to enter the Siemen's We Can Change the World Challenge. Please visit:http://www.wecanchange.com/

April 20, 2012: DNA Day. Please visit:http://www.genome.gov/10506367

April 25, 2011: Michigan High School Math and Science Symposium at Grand Valley State University. Please visit:http://gvsu.edu/rmsc/michigan-high-school-math-and-science-symposium-94.htm


Grants For K-12 Teachers


6a. Deadline Approaching - Japan-US Teacher Exchange Program

The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), sponsored by Fulbright Japan, will provide up to 24 U.S. K-12 teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to a conference in San Francisco and to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries.

The program is fully-funded with the exception of some meals. ESD is "a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth's natural resources," according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Up to 24 educators from Japan will travel to the U.S. in late April, and up to 24 educators from the U.S. will travel to Japan in June. At the end of the program in each country, all 48 educators will gather for a few days of joint collaboration.

Please visit:http://www.iie.org/esdteacherfor more information or to start an application. The application deadline is January 31, 2012.


6b. Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites applications for its Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers Program. The Summer Institute will provide selected teachers hands-on activities, lectures, tours and visits with NIST scientists and engineers at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, MD. Up to 22 awards may be made from an anticipated funding of $83,600. Eligibility is restricted to middle school teachers (6th-8th grade) at public school districts and accredited private educational institutions. Applications are due March 21. More information regarding 2012-NIST-SUMMER-INSTITUTE-01 is available at: http://www.nist.gov/iaao/teachlearn/upload/2012-SI-FFO-FINAL.pdf.

NIST invites applications from teachers who have successfully completed the NIST Summer Institute Program for its Research Experience for Teachers Program to participate in scientific research with NIST scientists and engineers at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, MD. Approximately $24,000 may be made available to support up to three awards. Eligibility is restricted to middle school teachers (6th-8th grade) at public school districts and accredited private educational institutions. Applications are due Mar 21More information regarding 2012-NIST-RET-01 is available at: http://www.nist.gov/iaao/teachlearn/upload/2012-RET-FFO-FINAL.pdf.


6c. Inspire Excellence in Science and Mathematics

The Intel Schools of Distinction Program honors schools in the United States that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education. To be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards. Up to three schools at each level-elementary, middle and high school-will be named as finalists in the math and science categories. The 18 schools will receive a cash grant of $5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a four-member team from their school and district. Six winners will be selected from the finalists and will receive an additional $5,000 cash grant for a total of $10,000. One of these winners will be selected as the Star Innovator and will receive an additional $15,000 grant for a total of $25,000. All five winning schools and the Star Innovator will also receive products and services from program sponsors. The deadline to apply is February 23, 2012. For more information, please visit:http://www.intel.com/about/corporateresponsibility/education/soda/index.htm


6d. Siemens STEM Academy

The Siemens STEM Academy offers two one-of-a-kind, all-expenses-paid professional development opportunities for educators that provide unique experiences to middle and high school teachers across the country looking to bolster STEM learning and gain pragmatic skills that they can translate back into the classroom.

Access the website below to apply to the STARs and Institute programs. You can apply to one or both programs by completing this application only once. If you apply to both programs, you must complete the application requirements for each program before submitting your application. Please do not submit separate applications for each program. The deadline to apply is February 9, 2012. Please visit:http://stem.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?event=showSTEMApplication&landing=1


6e. NEA Foundation - Nickelodeon Big Help Grants

NEA Foundation- Nickelodeon Big Help Grants are available in the form of student achievement grants to K-8 public school educators. The Big Help Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for addressing four key concerns: environmental awareness, health and wellness, students' right to a quality public education, and active community involvement.

Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education may apply. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 15 each year. For more information, please visit:http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/nea-foundation-green-grants


6f. Upcoming Deadlines

January 15, 2012: Deadline to apply for the Captain Planet Foundation Grant. Please visit:http://captainplanetfoundation.org

January 16, 2012: Deadline for K-12 teachers to apply for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards. Please visit:http://www.amfcse.org/Alan%20Shepard%20Award/alan_shepard_award.htm

January 31, 2012: Deadline for teachers to apply for the Japan-US Teacher Exchange Program for Sustainable Development. Please visit:http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/ESD

January 31, 2012: Deadline to apply for the Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Grant. Please visit:http://www.msta-mich.org/downloads/publications/2011_DanWolz_application.pdf

January 31, 2012: Deadline to apply for the GoodPlanet Grant for Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, or Detroit. Please visit:http://www.goodplanet.info/eng/

January 31, 2012: Deadline for teachers to apply for the 2012 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Please visit:http://www.expeditions.com/forms/grosvenor/

February 1, 2012: Deadline to apply for the NEA Foundation - Nickelodeon Big Help Grants. Please visit:http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/nea-foundation-green-grants

February 1, 2012: Deadline to nominate a biology teacher for the National Association of Biology Teachers "Outstanding Biology Teacher Award." Please contact Rebecca Brewer at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

February 9, 2012: Deadline for teachers to apply for the Siemens STEM Academy. Please visit:http://stem.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?event=showSTEMApplication&landing=1

February 12, 2012: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Program. Please visit:http://www.exploravision.org/

February 23, 2012: Deadline for schools to apply for the Intel Inspiring Excellence in Science and Math Grant. Please visit:http://www.intel.com/about/corporateresponsibility/education/soda/index.htm

March 12, 2012: Deadline to apply for the Samsung: Solve for Tomorrow Grant. Please visit:https://pages.samsung.com/us/sft/home.htm

March 21, 2012: Deadline for Middle School teachers to apply for the Summer Institute for MS Science Teachers, in Maryland. Please visit:http://www.nist.gov/iaao/teachlearn/upload/2012-SI-FFO-FINAL.pdf


Information for K-12 Science Teachers


7a. The Premier Conference on Science Education in 2012 -- Indianapolis

All science educators are invited to consider attending an academic spring getaway in Indiana, March 29-April 1. Science teachers in every discipline and grade band, K-16, and administrators are welcome. NSTA's top notch professional development will be offered, providing techniques and strategies for improving performance in the classroom, new resources and lesson plans, content for building subject knowledge, Next Generation Standards, and the latest on issues important to educators today. More than 1600 sessions will be available including field trips, short courses, workshops, professional development institutes and symposia. Here are some highlights:

  • Next Generation Science Education Standards-Stephen Pruitt, VP, Achieve, Inc. and Frances Eberle, NSTA Executive Director. Featured presentation on progress on development of National Science Standards
  • David Macaulay, best-selling author and illustrator, will present "Ingenuity: A Work in Progress"
  • Using WALL-E, an Animated Film, as an Effective Classroom Educational Resource (Short Course)
  • "Forensic Science Education: Multidisciplinary Science, Bringing Critical Thinking, Interactive Learning, and Creativity to the Classroom," Dr. Jay Siegel, Professor of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue
  • Authentic STEM for the Youngest Scientists
  • Thinking Green with Dr. Seuss (Short Course)
  • The Art of Science and the Framework for Science Education, Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
  • How Do You Know What They Know? Assessing Understanding
  • NASA's Ready-to-Go Solar Science and Solar Energy Activities for k-5 Classroom
  • Teaching Sustainability: The STEM Way
  • Google Me This: How to Make Collaboration Work in a Wiki World
  • Digitizing the Learning Experience and Taking IT Mobile
  • Podcasting and Blogging for Students and Teachers in Science
  • Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label, FDA Symposium
  • Stem Cells and Cell Therapies, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, an internationally recognized molecular biologist, will present.

Visit www.nsta.org/conferences/2012ind for more information or to register. The early bird deadline is February. 3.


7b. Stop Lecturing Me

A Point of Contact, came across this excellent NPR material that they thought was worth sharing with the Network! Although it applies only to college-level physics teaching, they believe that this approach to classroom instruction is just as applicable to all other content and language teaching and learning in primary and secondary education.

Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool:http://www.npr.org/2012/01/01/144550920/physicists-seek-to-lose-the-lecture-as-teaching-tool

… and for more about the subject:Don't Lecture Me:http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/tomorrows-college/lectures/


7c. Free Teacher After School Opportunity at the Grand Rapids Museum - Facing Mars Exhibit

After-School Special: Facing Mars, at the Grand Rapids Museum

  • View the exhibition with its 20 interactive stations FREE!*

     

  • Enjoy Our Bodies in Spaceplanetarium show

     

  • Pick up Teacher Packets and learn about STEM curriculum tie-ins

     

  • Find out how to book group visits and extend student learning beyond the class trip

     

  • RSVP by February 10 to 616.456.3977

Free admission on February 13, 2012 from 4- 6 pm only for Professional Educators with valid Educator or Home School Administrator ID. Due to exhibit capacity limits within this short time frame we ask that you not bring guests who are not educators. This event does not include free parking. Museum ramp parking will be available for $5 pre-pay.


7d. MSTA Conference Early Registration Incentives

The early registration deadline for the MSTA Conference is February 14, 2012, but if you register by February 1, 2012 and you could be a winner of one of the following:

  • Overnight stay at - Hampton Inn, Lansing
  • Dinner for 2 at Christies - Lexington Hotel, Lansing
  • Overnight stay at - Quality Suites, Lansing
  • Overnight stay at - Radisson, Lansing
  • Gift certificate for a "free class visit" to Impression 5 for up to 30 students, (valued at $120)
  • $50 visa gift card courtesy of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

To see details on over 230 sessions and to register, go to: www.msta-mich.org

Is there more than one of you registering from one School District? Make sure to check out the registration form for a group discount ! You could get $10 off for each registrant who is a current MSTA member, or who join at the time of registration!

Any questions, call the MSTA Office @ 734-973-0433, or email
Sue @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7e. Upcoming Deadlines

January 13, 2012: School Yard Habitat Forum at the Livonia Civic Library in Dearborn, MI. Please contact Emily Hughes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration information.

January 30, 2012: Deadline for groups to apply to converse with crewmembers of the International Space Station. Please visit:http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/ariss.html

February 10, 2012: Deadline for educators to register for the Free Teacher afternoon at the Grand Rapids Museum for the exhibit, "Facing Mars," taking place on February 13. Please call:616-456-3977

March 7 - 9, 2012: MACUL Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:http://macul.org

March 8 - 10, 2012: Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:http://msta-mich.org

March 12, 2012: Deadline for K12 students and teachers to enter the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Please visit:http://www.stemchallenge.org

March 29 - April 1, 2012: National Science Teachers Association Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Please visit:http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2012ind/?lid=tnavhp

April 15 - 21, 2012: Severe Weather Awareness Week. Please visit:http://mcswa.com/default.aspx

April 19, 2012: Earth Day at Constitution Hall in Lansing. For more information, please send an email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Information for High School Science Teachers


8a. BSCS Field Test Opportunity for Grade 9 - 12 Science Teachers

BSCE is excited to announce a field-test opportunity for grade 9-12 science teachers!

Energy concepts are fundamental to all science disciplines, and a basic understanding of energy concepts is essential to thoughtful civic participation on issues of foremost national interest. To help teachers more effectively teach energy-related concepts, BSCS, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), the National Teacher Enhancement Network (NTEN), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) are developing and researching an online course entitled Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT). Funded by NSF, EMAT will be an innovative online, multimedia, professional development course focused on energy-related concepts within a context of the production and use of alternative energy.

The EMAT course will address three major energy concepts across a variety of alternative energy contexts:

  • A systems approach is necessary when considering energy and energy transformations.
  • Energy is neither created nor destroyed in energy transformations. It is possible to track energy and matter inputs and outputs in energy transformations.
  • In all energy transformations, some energy is lost from the system as heat. This energy is not destroyed; it merely leaves the system under consideration. The efficiency of an energy transformation is related to the amount of energy lost from the system as heat.

The EMAT course is composed of the following six units:

  • Energy in Coal
  • Energy in Nuclear Reactions
  • Light Interactions with Matter (Solar Energy)
  • Biofuels
  • Heat Transfer Across the Globe (Energy from Wind and Waves)
  • Energy Inside the Earth (Geothermal Energy)

Field-test teachers receive

  • a $400 stipend for their participation ($200 during the 2012-2013 school year, and $200 during the 2013-2014 school year) and
  • three (3) graduate credits from Montana State University for completing the EMAT course.

Note: teachers must pay a $200 deposit to take the course, but the deposit will be refunded after all course requirements have been met.

BSCS is excited about working with classroom teachers around the country to develop the EMAT course. If you are interested in being a field-test teacher, please complete the online application at:http://www.bscs.org/professionaldevelopment/ematftapp.htmland submit the required signature page. If you have questions, please contact me. The deadline for submitting applications is April 1, 2012. For more information, please contact:Sue KowalskiScience Educator, Project Director
(719) 219-4148
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8b. Free Safety Symposium

"Lab Safety from High School and College to the Workplace: What Industry Needs Now"

Where: University of Detroit Mercy, Chemistry Building, Room C114

When: 25 February 2012, 10 a.m. - no later than 2 p.m.

In 2011, American Chemical Society President, Dr. Nancy Jackson, initiated a dialogue on lab safety, after four fatalities or serious injuries occurred in academic labs throughout the country. The Detroit ACS Industrial Liaison group wants to be proactive on this issue, and start a detailed discussion about how we can train our high school and college students to be safe when they go into the work place. This meeting will be an informal panel type of discussion with scientists and safety specialists from major companies providing information concerning what industry expects from high school and college graduates their first day on the job. Proper lab safety is more than just wearing protective glasses. Come hear a team of experts present the information that teachers at all levels need to know, in order to train an effective, safe work force. Our ACS Industrial Liaison group will have presented the panel with questions prior to this symposium, so they have time to present a well thought out series of answers.

But we need your help! If you have specific questions for our panel, please e-mail them to Mark Benvenuto or Hulya Ahmed, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

RSVP: There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP to Mark Benvenuto at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , so that they might have an accurate count for lunch.


8c. Upcoming Deadlines

January 15, 2012: Deadline for High School Students to submit papers for the Junior Science Symposium. Please visit:

http://coe.wayne.edu/ted/science/jshs/

February 4, 2012: Great Lakes Bowl Regional Competition in Ann Arbor, MI. Please visit:http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pr/nosb/cur/

February 8, 2012: Deadline for high schools to enter the Michigan Envirothon. Please visit:http://macd.org/ME/envirothon-current_competition.html

February 25, 2012: Free Safety Symposium at the University of Detroit - Mercy in Detroit, MI. Please RSVP to:Mark Benvenuto - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March 1 - 2, 2012: 48th Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Wayne State University. Please visit:

http://coe.wayne.edu/ted/science/jshs/

April 1, 2012: Deadline for HS Teachers to apply to participate in the BSCS Field Test on Energy. Please visit:http://www.bscs.org/professionaldevelopment/ematftapp.htmlMay 9 - 11, 2012: Michigan Envirothon competition at Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie, MI. Please visit:http://www.michiganenvirothon.org


Information for Middle School and High School Science Teachers


9a. Expand Scientific Literacy and the Excitement of Discovery

The Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program is an educational outreach initiative that aims to transform classrooms in middle and high schools by introducing students to the excitement of real-world science. The program integrates a hands-on, inquiry-based molecular biology curriculum that explores the steps involved in creating biotechnology medicines. In addition to intensive professional development for teachers, the program provides resources and materials that enable teachers to implement the curriculum in their classrooms. Each year, more than 35,000 students and hundreds of teachers have the opportunity to participate. Student Guides, in both English and Spanish, are free for students and faculty to download and print. Please visit:http://www.bwbiotechprogram.com


9b. Upcoming Deadlines

January 16, 2012: Deadline for MS and HS teachers enter Lesson Plans to the Mars Education Challenge. Please visit:http://www.exploremars.org/page/mars-education-challenge/

February 27, 2012: Deadline for grade 5 - 12 classrooms to participate in the Student Experiments on the International Space Station. Please visit:http://ssep.ncesse.org/2011/11/announcing-communities-participating-in-ssep-mission-1-to-iss-and-new-flight-opportunity-mission-2-to-iss/


Information for Middle School Teachers


10a. MEECS Training

Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) training will take place at the Annual MSTA Conference, March 9-10, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel and Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan MEECS unit trainings are scheduled during the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) annual conference.

Trainings will be held on each of the updated MEECS units: Air Quality & Climate Change, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Energy Resources, Land Use, Water Quality, and Outdoor Education. Teachers and non-formal educators are welcome to enroll. To register, please visit:http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3308_3333_4169-247289--,00.html


10b. Facing Mars Workshops in February

Sign Up Now for Facing Mars Workshop for Teachers - February 10 or 11, 2012. In conjunction the Public Museum of Grand Rapids and NASA, the Regional Math and Science Center is offering workshops for teachers based on the new Facing Mars exhibit which is coming to Grand Rapids in February. This workshop is for teachers (grades 5-8) of science and/or technology and will provide teachers with activities and content knowledge that will help them prepare students to attend this exciting exhibit.

Two workshops are being planned:

Friday, February 10, 2012: Full day workshop from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (lunch and preview of the exhibit included within this time frame)

Saturday, February 22, 2012: ½ day workshop from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (continental breakfast and optional preview of the exhibit following the workshop)Both workshop will take place at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids and cost $10.

To register, please visit:www.gvsu.edu/rmscand look under upcoming events. For more information contact Kathy Agee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (616.331.3301).


10c. Climate Change Workshop in February

If your middle grade teachers (grades 5-9) are teaching Climate Change, this workshop is a must! Participants will explore major issues associated with climate change with emphasis on the Great Lakes, learn how to monitor abiotic and biotic factors that impact climate using Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) protocols, and participate in activities that model instructional strategies for teaching about climate.

This full day workshop will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 on the GVSU Allendale Campus for the low cost of $10 which includes all workshop materials, a resource CD of climate change lessons and information, and lunch. Due to funding through a special GLOBE grant, teachers may choose to receive either $50 toward substitute reimbursement for the day of the workshop for their district or $50 toward equipment to implement the GLOBE protocols with their students.

Don't miss this unique opportunity! Registration deadline is January 20, 2012. For more information and registration form, visit the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center website, www.gvsu.edu under upcoming events. For more information contact Karen Meyers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 616.331.2515.


10d. Upcoming Deadlines

January 20, 2012: Deadline to apply for the Climate Change Workshop to be held on the Grand Valley State University Campus. For more information and registration form, visit the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center website, www.gvsu.edu under upcoming events. For more information contact Karen Meyers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. u or by phone at 616.331.2515.

February 10, 2012: Facing Mars Workshop for 5th - 8th grade teachers in Grand Rapids, MI. To register, please visit:www.gvsu.edu/rmscand look under upcoming events. For more information contact Kathy Agee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (616.331.3301).

February 22, 2012: Facing Mars Workshop for 5th - 8th grade teachers in Grand Rapids, MI. To register, please visit:www.gvsu.edu/rmscand look under upcoming events. For more information contact Kathy Agee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (616.331.3301).

March 9-10, 2012: MEECS Training at the MSTA Conference. Please visit:http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3308_3333_4169-247289--,00.html


Information for Elementary and Middle School Teachers


11a. Upcoming Deadlines

February 12, 2012: Deadline for 4th - 6th grade teachers to apply for the Siemens Science Day Assembly. Please visit:http://www.siemensscienceday.com/


Information for Elementary School Teachers


12a. Early Learner Workshop - All About Nature

DeVries Nature Conservancy will be holding a Early Learner's Workshop on February 11, from 8:45am until 4:00pm. Register by February 8. This workshop is perfect for preschool and kindergarten teachers, daycare staff, special education teachers, scout leaders, stay at home moms, grandparents or anyone who plays with 2-7 year olds!

This great workshop will certify you as an instructor in TWO great environmental education curriculums - Growing Up WILD from the DNR's Project WILD; and Project Learning Tree's "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood." Both sets of lessons are appropriate for ages 2-7, and will help you get comfortable getting kids outdoors, or bringing nature in!

The day includes:

  • Your morning coffee
  • Instruction in the two curriculums, with hands on activities and planning time
  • The Growing Up WILD guide which includes countless activities, crafts, songs, poems and snacks all coordinated to a central nature theme.
  • The Early Childhood guide from Project Learning Tree, with activities themed around trees, our forests and the natural world.
  • An early learner music CD
  • A chili and cornbread lunch
  • Freebies and prizes!

This workshop is offered to teachers for 0.6 continuing education credits (SBCEUs), or for 6 instructional hours.

Check out the two guides at these links:

http://www.projectwild.org/growingupwild.htm http://www.plt.org/environmental-experiences-for-early-childhood-ages-3-6

The workshop is located at DeVries Nature Conservancy, 2635 N. M52 in Owosso. DNC's Environmental Education Coordinator, Tracy McMullen, will be the instructor. Cost of the workshop is $70, and includes all materials and lunch. Please register by February 8.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 989.723.3365 to register. For more information visit the website at www.devriesnature.organd go to the "Teachers Resources" page.


12b. Upcoming Deadlines

February 8, 2012: Deadline to register for the Early Childhood Nature Workshops at the DeVries Nature Conservancy in Owosso, MI. Please visit:http://www.devriesnature.org

February 10, 2012: Deadline for 4th and 5th grade students to enter the Michigan Severe Weather Safety Poster Contest. Please visit:http://mcswa.com/default.aspx


Science Humor


13. Selections from the 10 Funniest Things Ever Said in Education

"We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk, and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up."Phyllis Diller

"America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week."Evan Esar

"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know."Daniel J. Boorstin

 


14. January Contest - Starbuck Gift Cards

This month we have three great prizes to give away. The prizes are 3 - $10 Starbucks Gift Cards.To win one of these prizes, send an email to:David BydlowskiThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. State Coordinator for the Michigan Science Matters NetworkYou MUST INCLUDE your name AND mailing address AND your school name/district.You may only enter once and only one entry per email address. Respondents 2, 12, and 22 will receive a prize. We will post all of the winners in our next E-Blast. Good luck to you and thank you for being part of the Michigan Science Matters Network.

If you didn't win, try again next month. Thanks to everyone for being part of the Michigan Science Matters Network.


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