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Science Matters e-blast - Week of February 14, 2016
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Week of February 14, 2016
Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast

Here are your science education resources and announcements for the week of February 14, 2016 provided by the Michigan Science Matters Network. Please forward this eBlast on to other science educators in your school/district. If you have questions or comments, please forward them to:

David Bydlowski, Michigan Coordinator—Science Matters Network


Sue Campbell, MSTA Representative


Calendar of Events and Deadlines

February 16, 2016: Deadline to register online for the Michigan Science Teachers Association’s Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:

February 18, 2016: Deadline to apply to become a NASA Astronaut Candidate. Please visit:

February 20, 2016: Pre-School and Early Elementary Workshop Featuring Project Learning Tree and Growing Up WILD Workshop at the City of Auburn Hills Community Center. Contact the City of Auburn Hills Registration office at 248-370-9353 to register.

February 26, 2016: Deadline for K-12 Educators to apply to attend the Great Lakes Conference at Michigan State University. If accepted, teachers will receive FREE registration and a $150 Stipend. To qualify, register at: 

then apply for the stipend at:

February 26, 2016: Deadline for Grade 5 – 12 Students to enter the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest. Please visit:

February 27, 2016: Project WILD Aquatic and Flying WILD Educator Workshop at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. Contact Brittany Burgess at (734) 647-6421 or to register 

or for more information. 

February 29, 2016: Deadline for Students in Grades 6 – 9 to enter the eCYBERMISSION Competition. Please visit:

March 1, 2016: Deadline to Apply for the Association of American Educators Classroom Grants Valued at $500. Please visit:

March 1, 2016: Deadline for K-5 Students to enter the DuPont Elementary Division Challenge. Please visit:

March 2, 2016: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Innovation Generation STEM Grants. Please visit:

March 3, 2016: Michigan Science Standards for Administrators: K-12 Admin Boot Camp. Please contact:

Sue Campbell, MSTA Office: 734 973 0433 or

March 3 – 5, 2016: Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:

March 4, 2016: Deadline for 5th – 8th Grade Teachers to Apply for the 2016 “Real World Science Cohort” to be held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA. A scholarship is provided for most expenses. Please visit:

March 4 – 5, 2016: MEECS Training at the MSTA Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:,4561,7-135-3308_3333-372879--,00.html?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

March 7, 2016: Deadline for Middle School Teachers and Students to enter the Let It Grow Contest-From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil. Please visit:

March 8, 2016: Deadline for students in grades 3 – 12 to register for the NASA 2016 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. Please visit:

March 9 – 11, 2016: MACUL Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:

March 10, 2016: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the $1000 Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants. Please visit:

March 12, 2016 – Climate Science in the Classroom – A Virtual Conference Hosted by NSTA. Please visit:

March 15, 2016: Deadline for 7th to 12th grade teachers to apply for the Summer Teacher Institute in Plant Biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Scholarship includes: housing, meals, travel and stipend. Please visit:

March 31 – April 3, 2016: NSTA Conference in Nashville, TN. Please visit:

April 1, 2016: Deadline for K-6 Teachers to apply for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Please visit:

April 6 – 7, 2016: Fate of the Earth Symposium “Climate-Food-Energy-Water Nexus” to be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University. Please visit:

April 22, 2016: Earth Day. Please visit:

May 2, 2016: Deadline for MS and HS Students to apply to participate in the Mission Imagination (STEM/ISS) Design Challenge. Please visit:

June 21 – 23, 2016: Grandparents, Grandkids (ages 8-12) and Grand Valley 2016 Summer Camp. Please visit:

July 27 - 29, 2016: STEM Form and Expo Hosted by NSTA. Please visit:


Lists of K-12 Competitions, Challenges, Grants and Freebies

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers a variety of fun and friendly competitions for both teachers and students. Please visit:

Complete list of grants, provided by the National Science Teachers Association. To view this list, please visit:

Free grant finding resources for educators and educational institutions, just visit:

The National Science Teachers Association’s Freebies for Science Teachers webpage. Check it out regularly at:



New Michigan Science Standards

You can download a copy of the new Michigan Science Standards at:


Registration Now Available for the Award Winning Great Lakes Education Program for 4th and 5th Graders

Focused primarily on fourth and fifth grades, the Great Lakes Education Program has been offering excellence in education for twenty-five years.  They have helped more than 105,000 participants discover the wonders of our Great Lakes by having them participate in their three-phase program, which includes teacher training for those new to the program, a classroom curriculum, and an unforgettable day on the Detroit River and Lake Erie.  The Great Lakes Education Program is one of the few available field-based educational opportunities backed by university research which conclusively demonstrated the gain in knowledge achieved by participants. The actual GLEP cost per class is $660.  The good news is that they are able to offer significant scholarships for participating classes, which can reduce your cost to as low as $200Register now for the best selection of dates! All registration is now online.  For more information about either of their locations (Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie/Detroit River), and to register, visit the Great Lakes Education Program website at  Only complete applications will be eligible for scholarship consideration.  


Fifth Sustainable Forest Management Workshop -- $600 Scholarship

June 20 – 24, 2016

Ralph A. MacMullen (RAM) Center near Grayling

Cost:  $100 to participants (non-refundable)

3 SB CEUs from Michigan State University (pending)

More information can be found at: 

Michigan is rich with an extensive and diverse forest resource.  Forest products and services are essential to human survival and lifestyle. How do forests develop and change?  How are we managing this valuable resource today?  

This workshop will provide teachers with field-based training in the many benefits of sustainable forest management.  Participants will gain a basic understanding of forest management by reviewing basic biology/ecology and seeing it applied in actual management activities. 

The Michigan Forest Association (MFA) recognizes the invaluable role that teachers play in helping society to understand important issues, including natural resource consumption, use, and conservation.  That’s why the MFA raises about $600 per teacher to defray the cost.  Past participants have very much enjoyed these workshops and found them valuable. 

Field attire is required, including provision for rainy weather.  Mill tours require long pants and closed shoes.  Prepare for mosquitoes! 


Dark Matter Explained for Middle School Students

Dark matter - We don’t know much about dark energy, but we do know there is a lot of it. Dark energy makes up 68%, about two-thirds, of the universe. Learn more at:


Flint’s Water Supply Explained in 3 GIFs

The town of Flint is still reeling from the contamination of its water supply, which exposed thousands of residents to lead-laced water, put Michigan in the political hot seat and prompted an emergency declaration from President Obama. So how did a town of 100,000 lose access to something as basic as clean drinking water? First you have to understand how Flint got its water before the crisis. To learn more, please visit:


WIDA Bias/Sensitivity and Content Reviews for New Test Items on the ACCESS for ELLs

The WIDA Consortium and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) are currently recruiting participants to serve on committees for the 2016 Bias and Sensitivity and Content reviews for new test items on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Participants in the reviews should be educators with experience teaching English Learners (ELs) and with content expertise (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science) in one of the five grade clusters: Grade 1, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.

The 2016 Bias and Sensitivity and Content reviews will occur in two phases:

1. Face-to-face training and Speaking and Writing reviews in Washington, D.C., March 7-11, 2016;

2. Online meetings March 28-April 1 and June 13- 17, 2016.

In-Person Meetings

Bias and Sensitivity Review

    March 7–8, 2016

    Washington, D.C.

Content Review & Item Writing Workshop

    March 9–11, 2016

    Washington, D.C.

Online Follow-up Reviews

    Listening Review: March 28–April 1, 2016 [exact days & times to be decided]

    Reading Review: June 13–17, 2016 [exact days & times to be decided]

Travel costs for participants will be reimbursed by WIDA. Reimbursement includes airfare or car mileage, lodging expenses, meal expenses, and taxis and other transportation expenses for business travel purposes.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the online interest form ( by February 19, 2016. If you have questions regarding these reviews please contact Alex Bauer at alex.


2016 Environmental Literacy Grant Opportunity with $300 Stipend – Deadline February 17

NOAA’s Office of Education is seeking mail reviewers for the 2016 Environmental Literacy Grants competition titled, “Strengthening the Public's and/or K-12 Students' Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience.” The Office seeks reviewers with expertise in K-12 science education, informal science education, civic engagement, citizen science, evaluation, and/or community resilience. They will provide a stipend of $300 for your efforts at the completion of the review period. (NOTE: federal employees are not eligible for stipends.) If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please complete the following survey and, if you didn’t send your resume to them in 2015, please send your resume to by Wednesday February 17, 2016

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