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January 30 – February 12, 2014
Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast

http://msta-mich.org/smn

In this E-Blast

1. Leadership

2. The Science Matters Network in Michigan

  • Another FREE Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – NGSS Core Ideas
  • Michigan Science Matters Teacher Named Science and Engineering Fair Teacher of the Year

3. Next Generation Science Standards

  • Illinois State Board Votes in Favor of NGSS
  • National Science Teacher’s Association Position Paper on the NGSS
  • NSTA’s First Ever Virtual Conference – NGSS Practices in Action
  • Upcoming Deadlines

4. Michigan Department of Education

  • Congratulations to the 2013 – 2014 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Fellows From Michigan
  • President Obama Honors Outstanding Science Teacher from Michigan
  • Spring 2014 Interim Assessment Pilot Registration Ends January 31
  • Upcoming Deadlines

5. Information for Students (and Parents too!)

  • National KidWind Challenge for Students in Grades 4 – 12
  • My Green School Art Contest for Students in Grades 5 – 12
  • CMU Beaver Island Summer Opportunity for HS Juniors and Seniors
  • Research Opportunity for High School Seniors
  • Young Scientists to Change the World for Grades 5 – 8
  • Clean Tech Competition for HS Students
  • Upcoming Deadlines

6. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

  • National Weather Association’s Sol Hirsch Educational Grants
  • Living in a Material World Grants
  • Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
  • Nominate Your Favorite Teacher
  • MSU Offers Fellowship Opportunity to Those Interested in MS/HS Science Teaching Careers
  • Upcoming Deadlines

7. Information for K-12 Teachers

  • Educator Open House at the Michigan Science Center
  • Top 10 Science Apps for Education
  • Science and Engineering of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
  • Web-Based Planetarium Program
  • Upcoming Deadlines

8. Ideas from the Twitterverse

9. Information for High School Teachers

  • Summer Workshop for High School Teachers and Students
  • BSCS is Looking for High School Biology Teachers for a Brief Field Test
  • Michigan Envirothon Registration
  • Upcoming Deadlines

10. Information for Middle School and High School Teachers

  • Learning Modules for Weather – Grades 7-12
  • Announcing Orion Quest’s New Mission
  • Traumatic Science Accident Requires All Science Teachers’ Attention
  • Upcoming Deadlines

11. Information for Middle School Science Teachers

  • MEECS Training: MSTA Pre-Conference Workshop
  • Upcoming Deadlines

12. Information for Elementary School Teachers

  • New iPhone App from Engineering Adventures
  • Teachers Helping Teachers Teach Inquiry Science: Just ASK

13. Science Humor Science Humor from the Twitterverse

14. January Contest Winners

Here are your science education resources and announcements for January 30 – February 12, 2014 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
bydlowd@resa.net
http://bap.nsta.org
http://www.msta-mich.org/smn

or

Sue Campbell
MSTA Representative
sue@ucia2.com
http://www.msta-mich.org

Please Note: If you do not receive the full e-blast you can view it at:
http://msta-mich.org/smn or request a Word/pdf version by emailing: bydlowd@resa.net

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1. Leadership

“…leaders will increase their effectiveness if they continually work on the five components of leadership --- if they pursue moral purpose, understand the change process, develop relationships, foster knowledge building, and strive for coherence --- with energy, enthusiasm, and hopefulness.”

Michael Fullan, Leading In A Culture Of Change

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

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The Science Matters Network In Michigan

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2a. Another Free Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – NGSS Core Ideas

I hope you will enjoy this free gift that you can access in the NSTA Learning Center. The gift is a set of resources on the topic of “NGSS Core Ideas.” To access just visit:
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=W2dTdLkuDB

Resources include:

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion – The Great Boomerang ChallengeWeather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology

Developing Holistic Understanding Through the Earth-System-Science Model

Energy

Runaway Universe: History of the Universe

And many more………….

If you have not joined the NSTA Learning Center yet, you can have an invitation to join sent directly to you, just send an email to:bydlowd@resa.net and an invitation will be sent directly to you.

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2b. Michigan Science Matters Teacher Named Science and Engineering Fair Teacher of the Year

Eva Klikovac from Dickinson East Elementary in Hamtramck, MI was recently named the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit, 2014 Teacher of the Year. Eva has been a participant in the Michigan Science Matters Network and the Building a Presence Network, since its inception. Eva was recently asked to share her thoughts about science education:

I am a teacher at Dickinson East and the Hamtramck Public Schools Science Fair Coordinator. In 1990, I had my students develop science fair projects with real world application in my own classroom and later invited the whole school to participate. A few years later, I received the title district science fair coordinator and involved the whole district in developing science fair projects. Next, I started the “Best of the Show,” where projects from across the district were selected to participate and later invited and encouraged them to enter the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit.

I got involved with doing the science fairs and scientific workshops because I wanted to share my passion of science, technology, and mathematics with our students. I wanted all my students to know that they could follow their dream; anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

As you probably know, Hamtramck is a unique community. The majority of our children come from poor struggling families. Some are refugees fleeing war-torn countries while others are from families dealing with many different problems—illness, house fires, unemployment, etc. Children often come to our school unable to speak English and in some cases never having been in an organized school because of turmoil in their native countries. We certainly have challenges to overcome but our students do achieve, even with these challenges. I am proud to play a small part in helping our students meet these challenges in innovative and exciting ways.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University and a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University. I am always learning from my students, student teachers, and peers. I couldn’t imagine anything better than being a teacher. The twinkle in my students’ eyes when they grasp a concept and a smile on their faces indicating they are loving learning! I was so lucky to have a professor at Oakland University who said, “Do what you love and everything else will fall in place.””

Congratulations to Eva!

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Next Generation Science Standards

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3a. Illionois State Board Votes in Favor of NGSS

Illinois looks poised to join eight other states and the District of Columbia in adopting the Next Generation Science Standards. Last week, the state board of education voted unanimously for adoption of the common science standards, which emphasize deep, conceptual thinking, application, scientific inquiry, and engineering design. The standards were developed by 26 "lead state partners,” including Illinois, in collaboration with several national organizations.

The adoptions have been trickling in slowly, but proponents of the standards say this is no surprise given that there are no federal incentives to adopt and that states are toiling with implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The most recent adoption came from D.C. in December. Adoption in Illinois is pending review by a legislative committee.

Which state will be next, you ask? Officials in Oregon say they're seeing strong support in the state. A panel from the education department recently recommended adoption and, according to the state science supervisor Cheryl Kleckner, the board of education will likely vote in March or April.

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3b. National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) Position Paper on the NGSS

I. Introduction -- It is essential that all students have access to a high-quality science education that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be well-informed citizens, to be prepared for college and careers, and to understand and appreciate the scientific enterprise. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS; NGSS Lead States 2013) as an effective, research-based approach to accomplish these goals and transform science education.

II. Conceptual Shifts -- The NGSS is based on A Framework for K–12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (Framework; NRC 2012) and is intended to reflect a new vision for science education. The NGSS establishes seven conceptual shifts that demonstrate what is new and different about the NGSS compared with how science is being taught in many classrooms (See NGSS Appendix A).

III. Implementation -- Achieving the goals of the NGSS will take a long-term systemic effort that requires significant changes in instruction, curriculum, assessment, teacher preparation and professional development, accompanied by extensive financial, administrative, and public support. It will also depend on all stakeholders at the local, district, and state level assuming a shared and collaborative responsibility for helping realize the goals of the NGSS. The responsibility for implementation cannot and should not be vested solely in teachers and other school-based personnel. To achieve the goals of the NGSS, NSTA describes the desired state of the components of implementation and the recommended roles and responsibilities of the key stakeholders that are necessary to achieve successful implementation with fidelity of the NGSS in schools, districts, and states.

IV. Declarations -- NSTA supports the vision described in the Framework and recommends the adoption and implementation of the NGSS. All stakeholders carry a significant responsibility for the successful implementation of the NGSS. NSTA recommends that these stakeholders assume the following roles and responsibilities.

V. Historical Background and the Development Process -- Writers of Science for All Americans (AAAS 1989) were the first to clearly define the "understandings and ways of thinking [that] are essential for all citizens in a world shaped by science and technology." Standards efforts responding to this initiative included Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS 1993) and the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996).

Since then, major advances have been made in both the world of science and in our understanding of how students learn science effectively (NRC 1999; NRC 2012, pp. 80–82). Among this research is strong evidence that "…learning about science and engineering involves integration of the knowledge of scientific explanations (i.e., content knowledge) and the practices needed to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering design." It also concludes "knowledge and practice must be intertwined in designing learning experiences in K–12 science education" (NRC 2012, p. 11). To achieve the goals of science literacy, new science standards are needed to reflect this expanded body of knowledge, including the premise that students can only fully understand the disciplinary core ideas by engaging in the practices.

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3c. NSTA’s First Ever Virtual Conference – NGSS Practices in Action

Join NSTA for an intensive one-day virtual conference on Saturday, March 8 to learn how to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your K–12 classroom. This web-based professional learning opportunity will feature interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, plus breakouts by grade level and discipline.

You'll have the chance to ask questions of NGSS experts, engage in dialogue with science educators from across the country, and discover instructional strategies to use in your classroom right away!

Visit: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/VirtualConference.aspx for more information and to register for this one of a kind opportunity.

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3d. Upcoming Deadlines

March 8, 2014: NSTA Virtual Conference on NGSS Practices in Action. Please visit: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/VirtualConference.aspx

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Michigan Department of Education

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4a. Congratulations to the 2013-2014 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Fellows From Michigan

NSTA, in collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company; Lockheed Martin; the American Honda Foundation; and the Bayer USA Foundation, announced the 199 middle and secondary science teachers from across the country who will take part as fellows in the 2013–2014 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy. Here is a list of the Fellows from Michigan:

Grenmarie Agresar, Skyline High School, Ann Arbor MI

Douglas Cellini, Coleman Jr./Sr. High School, Coleman MI

Megan Chapin-Dube, Novi High School , Novi MI

Jim DuRall, Elisabeth Ann Johnson High School, Mt Morris MI

Megan Labbate, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit MI

Glenda LaBruyere, Anchor Bay High School, Fair Haven MI

Alicia Lane, University Prep Science & Math High School, Detroit MI

Gabriela Loria, Gabriel Richard Catholic High School, Riverview MI

Tiffany Meyer, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods MI

Megan Miele, Detroit Premier Academy, Detroit MI

Aria Moody, Oak Park High School, Oak Park MI

Joshua Skodack, Franklin High School, Livonia MI

Katherine Thomas, Notre Dame Marist Academy, Pontiac MI

Alahna Vondette, Carrollton Middle School, Carrollton MI

Deborah Willette, Detroit Community Schools, Detroit MI

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4b. President Obama Honors Outstanding Science Teacher from Michigan

President Obama recently named 102 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event in the coming year. Our Michigan recipient is:

Brian Peterson from Rochester, MI

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4c. Spring 2014 Interim Assessment Pilot Registration Ends January 31

Schools are invited to register to participate in the Spring 2014 Interim Assessment Pilot. Districts may have several schools participate but each school must register with a separate application. Interim assessments will be piloted in the content areas of English language Arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades K, 1, and 2; and science and social studies for grades 3 through high school.

The ELA and mathematics interim assessments for grades K, 1, and 2 are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The science and social studies interim assessments are aligned to Michigan’s current Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Content Expectations (HSCEs).

Participation in this State of Michigan authorized pilot test opportunity counts toward satisfying district participation requirement #4 of the 22i Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG).

To participate in the Spring 2014 Interim Assessment Pilot, please complete the registration survey at http://tinyurl.com/s14-ia-pilot

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4d. Upcoming Deadlines

January 31, 2014: Deadline to apply to participate in the Spring 2014 Interim Assessment Pilot. For more information, please visit:http://tinyurl.com/s14-ia-pilot

February 3, 2014: Deadline to apply to participate in the RAISE Program. Please visit:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rspgxlgxpqaejpx/Am2DV1mzBI

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Information for Students (and Parents too!)

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5a. National KidWind Challenge for Students in Grades 4 - 12

To help future scientists learn about alternative energy, KidWind is launching the inaugural National KidWind Challenge. Qualifying teams of students in grades 4–12 and their coaches will showcase their hand-crafted wind turbines for wind industry experts at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., in April. Teams can qualify by participating in one of two ways: by winning a KidWind Challenge Event in their local area, or by winning a monthly KidWind Challenge Online. The KidWind Challenge Online allows students across the world to build wind turbines, calculate their own energy output, and upload pictures and results to the KidWind website for judging. Please visit:http://challenge.kidwind.org

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5b. My Green School Art Contest for Students in Grades K-5

The contest is an opportunity for students to use artwork to demonstrate how their school is or could become more green. The contest is open to any student in grades K-5 including homeschooled children and charter schools. The contest hopes to educate all who interact with Michigan schools including students, staff, and parents about sustainability and green ideas and initiatives.

All entries are due March 31, 2014. Please visit:
http://usgbcdetroit.org/index.php/committees/24-green-schools?utm_source=Art+Contest+Reminder+2&utm_campaign=Green+School+Save+the+Date&utm_medium=email

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5c. CMU Beaver Island Summer Opportunity for HS Juniors and Seniors

Central Michigan University’s Biological Station on Beaver Island offers an opportunity for high school students to earn college credit as a high school junior or senior. Students can:

  • Learn field biology techniques and gain understanding of the natural world
  • Prepare for your first year of college
  • Earn 3 college biology credits in three weeks
  • Interact with distinguished faculty members
  • Meet other college students

The 2014 summer course being offered for high school students and incoming freshmen is Introduction to Field Biology-BIO100Z. (3 credits) This course will run from July 14 through July 25.

Interested students should visit:
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cst/cmubs/students/high_school/Pages/default.aspx

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5d. Research Opportunity for High School Seniors

The C-PHOM High School Research Program is a 10-month program that allows students to participate in research the Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials (C-PHOM) at the University of Michigan. The program begins in May 2014, with orientation, training, and matching with lab groups. The 8-week residential component on the UM campus begins in June 2014. During the Fall 2014, participants will continue research with UM advisors, preparing presentations and papers for science fair competitions. The local, regional, and national science fair competitions take place in early 2014.

The program offers participants:

* An intense and rewarding educational experience: Students will spend 35+ hours per week doing research under the guidance of a mentor (typically a graduate student). Students will participate in experimental, theoretical, and/or computational research in nanophotonics, nanomaterials, and/or nanophysics. Typically students will also attend weekly meetings of the research group and seminars by nationally and internationally recognized scholars visiting C-PHOM.

* Community activities: The entire group of C-PHOM high school researchers will meet weekly for research and professional development seminars, laboratory tours, social events, and field trips to nearby national facilities.

* Stipend: Students earn a $2,800 stipend payable in three installments ($400 at the end of the second week of the summer program, one-third at the midpoint of the program, one-third on the last day of the summer program, and the remaining after submitting to a science fair).

* Mentor: Every student is assigned a mentor who is a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or UM faculty member. This mentor will supervise the student’s day-to-day work.

* Friendship: Participation in a residential research program is a great way to get to know people with similar interests and aspirations.

For full details, go to: http://cphom.engin.umich.edu/high-school-research/

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5e. Young Scientists to Change the World for Grades 5 - 8

One student will win $25,000 and be named "America's Top Young Scientist.” Ten finalists will participate in an exclusive mentorship with a 3M scientist

Discovery Education and 3M are looking for innovative students who want to make a difference in today's world. They are challenging students in grades 5-8 to create a 1-2 minute video showcasing their big idea to solve a real-world problem using science and engineering. Videos do not need to be "produced" and may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras.

The first 50 students to submit a video will receive a Young Scientist Challenge prize pack! Enter now at:http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/2014-challenge

The deadline to submit a video is April 22, 2014.

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5f. Clean Tech Competition for High School Students

The Clean Tech Competition is a global research and design challenge for students ages 15-18 that promotes educational trends towards student-led, project-based learning. This year's theme, "A Solution to Pollution" challenges teams of student innovators to design a clean technology solution to this real-world problem. Students will work in teams to research a specific issue and design a solution. Finalist teams will then be given a stipend and paired with an expert mentor to turn their idea into a prototype. Teams that register prior to February 7, 2014 will be entered into a raffle to win a tablet for each team member (pending submission of their paper on March 7, 2014).

Please note that there is no entry fee to participate, and student teams can win a variety of prizes up to $15,000, and exclusive opportunities to work and network with industry professionals.

More information can be found at: www.cleantechcompetition.org or contact cleantech@cstl.org or 1-516-764-0045.

The deadline to enter is March 7, 2014.

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5g. Upcoming Deadlines

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers a variety of fun and friendly competitions to engage your students in the pleasures of science beyond the curriculum. Please visit:
http://www.nsta.org/about/competitions.aspx

January 31, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Students to enter the DuPont Challenge Essay Contest. Please visit:
http://www.thechallenge.dupont.com

February 7, 2014: Deadline for Students Ages 15 – 18 to enter the Global Student Challenge – Clean Tech Competition. Please visit:
www.cleantechcompetition.org

February 21, 2014: Deadline for High School Students to enter the NASA REEL Science Communication Contest. Please visit:
http://reelscience.gsfc.nasa.gov/

February 28, 2014: Deadline for HS Seniors to apply for the Buick Achievers Scholarships. Please visit:
www.buickachievers.com

March 1, 2014: Deadline for Michigan High School Seniors to Apply for National Youth Science Camp. Please visit:
http://apply.nysc.org

March 4, 2014: Deadline for the Siemen’s We Can Change the World Challenge. Please visit:
http://www.wecanchange.com/user/register/?utm_source=SSD1MMNonK8&utm_medium=112113&utm_campaign=SSD+Fall+2013

March 7, 2014: Deadline for High School Students to enter the Clean Tech Competition. Please visit:
http://www.cleantechcompetition.org

March 12, 2014: Deadline for K-8 students to enter the 2014 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artist Calendar Contest. Please visit:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5346709.pdf

March 14, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Students to enter the NASA Exploration Design Challenge. Please visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UdLvoBZU3dI

March 21, 2014: Deadline for 6th – 12th grade students to enter the “Fiction in Science” Video Contest. Please visit:
http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2014-festival/2014-contests/kavli-video-contest-2013-2014.html

March 28, 2014: Deadline for students ages 8 -18 to enter the Craig Tufts’ Youth and Nature Essay Contest. Please visit:
http://www.nwf.org/what-we-do/kids-and-nature/programs/craig-tufts-scholarship.aspx

March 31, 2014: Deadline for K-5 Students to enter the My Green School Art Contest. Please visit:
http://usgbcdetroit.org/index.php/committees/24-green-schools?utm_source=Art+Contest+Reminder+2&utm_campaign=Green+School+Save+the+Date&utm_medium=email

March 31, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Students to enter the Engineering for YOU Video Contest. Please visit:
http://www.nae.edu/e4u/?utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=National%20Academy%20of%20Engineering&utm_campaign=Spotlight+10-18-13&utm_content=&utm_term=

April 1, 2014: Deadline for K – 5 Students to enter the My Green School Art Contest. Please visit:
http://usgbcdetroit.org/index.php/committees/24-green-schools?utm_source=December+2014+Greenschools+Newsletter+&utm_campaign=GS+dec13&utm_medium=email

April 15, 2014: Deadline for Students in Grades 8 – 11 to apply for the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science and Technology Leadership Academy. Please visit:
www.exploravision.org

April 22, 2014: Deadline for students in grades 5 – 8 to submit a video for the “America’s Top Young Scientist” competition. Please visit:
http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/2014-challenge

April 25, 2014: Best Early Research Symposium at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Please indicate your willingness to participate by contacting Dr. Desmond Murray at (269) 757-1641 and/or via email at murrayd@andrews.edu.

April 25, 2014: Digital Divas Conference for Girls Interested in STEM at Eastern Michigan University. To attend the conference or have your child attend, email bia.hamed@emich.edu to RSVP.

June 24 – 26, 2014: Grandparents, Grandkids and Grand Valley at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. Please visit:
http://www.gvsu.edu/g3

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Grants and Opportunities For K-12 Teachers

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6a. National Weather Association’s Sol Hirsh Educational Grants

The National Weather Association will award grants of $750 each to help K-12 teachers, program directors, school-district supervisors, and other individuals or groups improve the education of students in meteorology. Those selected can use the funds to take an accredited course in atmospheric sciences, attend a relevant workshop or conference, or purchase scientific materials or equipment for the classroom. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2014. Please visit:
http://www.nwas.org/grants/solhirsch.php

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6b. Living in a Material World Grants

To help K–12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms, the ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 10 grants of $500 annually. The “Living in a Material World” grants recognize teacher creativity. Their purpose is to enhance awareness of materials science and the role of materials scientists in society. Applicants must submit a two-page proposal describing a curriculum-based, hands-on project involving students' observations, communication, and mathematics and science skills that will increase their awareness of the materials around them. The deadline to apply is May 25, 2014. For more information, please visit:http://www.asminternational.org/web/guest/foundation/teachers/teacher-grants-k12

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6c. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will donate $5 million to schools and school parent-teacher groups at more than 1,000 different schools during the school year. Grant applicants may request between $2,000 and $5,000 per school. Once 1,500 applications are received, the application process will be closed and the "Apply Now" button will no longer appear on the website. The deadline to apply is February 14, 2014. Details can be found at:
http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/index.html

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6d. Nominate Your Favorite Teacher

As we approach the birthday of Thomas Edison, February 11th, thoughts turn toward the many teachers we have interacted with over the years, those who bring the Edison message and spirit to their students. Edison realized the value of education and often spoke out about the need to get the young ones to think and engage their creativity.

They would like to recognize the special accomplishments of these Edison cheerleaders, those teachers who personify the Edison spirit and give their students an invaluable lifetime lesson. Take a moment and drop a note about a teacher you know or work with who gives their students this kind of inspiration.

Email info@thomasedison.org with a brief summary about this teacher and why you think they deserve to be recognized. They will do the rest!

First Place - $500
Second Place - $250
Third Place - $150

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6e. MSU Offers Fellowship Opportunity to Those Interested in MS / HS Science Teaching Careers

MSU's College of Education is accepting applicants for a new alternative program for science teacher certification and induction support. Individuals interested in teaching science in a high-need public middle- or high-school anywhere in the U.S. are encouraged to apply for the MSU SETS-UP (Supporting Early-Career Teachers of Science through Urban Partnerships) PROGRAM . MSU SETS-UP offers an exciting opportunity for individuals who already have undergraduate or advanced degrees in a STEM or STEM-related field to pursue secondary teaching careers. The program is funded by the Noyce and National Science Foundations. Major features of the program include:

- Receipt of secondary science teacher certification and masters degree in teaching and curriculum

- Fellowship providing in-state tuition (Additional funds may be available for out-of-state residents)

- Full-year residency in an urban middle-or high-school in Michigan

- Support in preparing for the job search

- Professional support across the first four years of teaching

- $10,000 teaching stipend for up to the first four years of teaching

For more information contact:
Gail Richmond, PhD
PI and Director, MSU SETS-UP
gailr@msu.edu
517-432-4854
http://education.msu.edu/te/sets-up/

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6f. Upcoming Deadlines

Would you like a complete list of grants that has been provided by the National Science Teachers Association? NSTA has put these grant and their deadlines in an easy to follow calendar. It includes: deadline date, description, category, and grade level. To view this list, please visit:
http://www.nsta.org/publications/calendar/

January 31, 2014: Deadline to apply for a Captain Planet Foundation Grant. Please visit:
http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/#sthash.4aYoRoru.dpuf

February 3, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to Apply for the Alan Shephard Technology in Education Awards. Please visit:
http://www.astronautsmemorial.org/alan-shepard-award.html

February 14, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant. Please visit:
http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/index.html

February 14, 2014: Deadline for Teachers to Apply for the “100 of America’s Most Innovative Teachers” award. Please visit:
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators/

February 14, 2014: Deadline for High School Teachers to Apply to Participate in the iRAISE Science Literacy Opportunity. Please visit:
www.readingapprenticeship.org

February 21, 2014: Deadline to apply for free native trees from the National Wildlife Federation. Please visit:
http://www.nwf.org/Trees-for-Wildlife.aspx

February 28, 2014: Deadline to apply for the $500 PITSCO Scholarship. Please visit:
http://www.pitsco.com/Content/?art=7180

April 15, 2014: Deadline to apply for the $1000 Teacher grants for water-related curriculum projects. Please visit:
http://mi-water.org/wateryoudoing/Index.html

April 15, 2014: Deadline for High School Teachers to apply for the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science and Technology Leadership Academy. Please visit:
www.exploravision.org

May 25, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the Living in a Materials World Grant. Please visit:
http://www.asminternational.org/web/guest/foundation/teachers/teacher-grants-k12

June 1, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the National Weather Association’s Sol Hirsch Educational Grant. Please visit:
http://www.nwas.org/grants/solhirsch.php

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Information for K-12 Science Teachers

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7a. Educator Open House at the Michigan Science Center

February 6, 2014
4 – 7 p.m.
Michigan Science Center, Detroit, MI

Educators, please join in for a hands-on exploration of their newest exhibit, Wish Upon a Butterfly and the new IMAX® movie, Flight of the Butterflies. Experience their hands-on activities on butterfly metamorphosis, how to make butterfly habitats at home or at school, and join them for their special workshop on “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle to make caterpillar puppets and much more. Educators will also be entered to win a suitcase full of butterfly classroom activities (must be present to win). Please visit:
http://www.mi-sci.org/educators-groups/teacher-events/

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7b. Top 10 Science Apps for Education

Chemist -- This science app is one of the only virtual chemistry labs for tablets to conduct chemistry experiments and explore chemistry reactions with different lab tools. ($4.99)

Exoplanet -- This science app, developed and maintained by a professional astronomer, is a highly visual and interactive catalog of all known exoplanets: Planets orbiting stars beyond our own Solar System. (Free)

Gene Screen -- Gene Screen allows students to learn how recessive genetic traits and diseases are inherited and how certain diseases are more prevalent in different populations. (Free)

Max & Ruby Science Educational Games -- Max & Ruby Science Educational Games will help young children become prepared for school with these science learning games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten. ($1.99)

Next Generation Science Standards -- View the Next Generation Science Standards in one convenient app; a great reference for teachers, parents and students to easily read and understand the standards. (Free)

MS Life Science Buddy -- MS Life Science Buddy is a tool for learning middle school Biology. ($1.99)

Ocean Science -- The Earth has one big water system with many features, and this science app provides a journey deep into the sea. ($2.99)

Science Mobile -- he Science Mobile app lets users read summaries, and abstracts. (Free, but full articles require a subscription)

Shout Science! -- This science app is a comic storybook app for young readers (ages 7-11) about scientists and scientific discovery by Scott Dubois. (Free)

VideoScience -- This science app provides a growing library of over 80 hands-on science lessons for home and the classroom. (Free)

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7c. Science and Engineering of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Bring the science and engineering of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games into your science classroom. Through a partnership between NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation, a high-interest STEM video series can be streamed into your classroom. Each video is about five minutes long and packed with science and engineering design concepts, and will be accompanied by lesson plans designed by NSTA. The lessons focus on science and engineering practices and provide mini-activities and ideas for research, teamwork, projects, and interdisciplinary connections. Blogger Judy Elgin Jensen talks more about the videos in her latest post: Science of the Winter Olympics: Slopestyle Skiing, which can be found at:
http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2014/01/13/science-of-the-winter-olympics-slopestyle-skiiing/

The series is available cost-free on:
www.NBCLearn.com

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7d. Web-Based Planetarium Program

Have you ever wanted to quickly pull up a picture of your local sky? Selecting the following URL at: http://neave.com/planetarium will bring up the home page for this planetarium software. Click on the Start Exploring button to start the program.

You will need to select your location so that you will see your local sky. Take your cursor and click on the map as close to your location as you can, then click on “Done” to set your location.

This particular software is pretty simplistic - it shows you the current sky with the constellations. A button allows you to turn the constellations on or off. Clicking on a star in a constellation will provide you with information like the name of the star, the name of the constellation the star is in, the magnitude of the star, and how far away the star is from Earth.

Clicking on the sky will let you rotate the view so you can look at different directions. The program will also display the location of the planets in the sky. One additional feature provided is the ability to change the current date so you can look at past or future skies. If you need a quick view of the sky, you might want to give this program a try. Thanks to Jack Hentz of MESTA for contributing this information.

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7e. Upcoming Deadlines

January 15 – March 21, 2014: “The History of Space Photography” Exhibit at Grand Valley State University. Please visit:
http://www.gvsu.edu/artgallery/module-event-index.htm

February 6, 2014: Educator Open House at the Michigan Scinece Center in Detroit, MI. Please visit:
http://www.mi-sci.org/educators-groups/teacher-events/

February 16 – 22, 2014: National Engineers Week. Please visit:
http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/engineers-week

February 20, 2014: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Please visit:
http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/girl-day

March 6 – 8, 2014: MSTA Annual Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:
http://www.msta-mich.org/images/pdfs/conference/MSTA%20CHECK%20REGISTRATION%20FORM.pdf

March 12 - 14, 2014: MACUL Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:
http://macul.org

March 17 – 23, 2014: National Wildlife Week. Please visit:
http://www.nwf.org/National-Wildlife-Week.aspx

April 3 – 6, 2014: NSTA National Conference in Boston, MA. Please visit:
http://nsta.org

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Twitterverse

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8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

Here is a list of content-rich Twitter chats that are held each week:

#scichat – Science Teachers Chat on Tuesdays from 9 pm to 10 pm.

#stemchat – STEM education chat on Tuesdays from 9 pm to 10 pm.

Todd Nesloney ?@TechNinjaTodd Need a reminder of why we teach? Look no further than @daisyray215's student pic.twitter.com/TvgIkJzvPZ

350 dot org @350

After a year of climate disaster, the EU should not be thinking about opening the floodgates to tar sands oil. insideclimatenews.org/content/eu-may…

NASA @NASA

Sierra Nevada Corp prepares for Nov 2016 flight of its Dream Chaser from @NASAKennedy: go.nasa.gov/KQcDKG   pic.twitter.com/p7hEI90iHG

Dell CSR Team @Dell4Good

Where do plastic bottles go after recycling? By 2020 we plan to use 50M lbs more in our products. #LegacyOfGood pic.twitter.com/XieBkpvbUf

edutopia @edutopia

3 Reasons Why New Teachers Need Mentors: edut.to/19Iu3nN #ntchat #pd

AsapSCIENCE @AsapSCIENCE

Basic humour. pic.twitter.com/eu7JYPfqcR

NASA Goddard Images @NASAGoddardPix

Cold & snowy in your neck of the woods? Here's why. Central & Eastern U.S. in deep freeze bit.ly/1mp5Fb8 pic.twitter.com/73SYkOCCv7

Casey Kuehl @kuehlschool

Literacy Matters, powerful video youtu.be/1cjxYR7G6EI #wateachlead @Lindseylee253 @LitDesignCollab @SumnerLearning

Bill Selak ?@billselak "Let's be honest, there's only so much a textbook can hold." High school sophomore arguing for cell phones in the classroom. #tltf14

UniversityofMichigan @umich

RT @UMPlanetBlue: A2 made the list! The 10 Most Walkable Cities huff.to/1dhI6PE @umich @A2GOV pic.twitter.com/Mjw1kPaHhY

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Information for High School Science Teachers

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9a. Summer Workshop for High School Teachers and Students

The Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) free residential program for science teachers and high school students is accepting applications for summer 2014. PAN participants will learn about scientific research in nuclear astrophysics and conduct their own experiments. Teachers can earn continuing education credit for participation. The teacher program will run from July 27 - August 1 at Michigan State University, and student programs will run from June 22-27 at University of Notre Dame and August 3-8 at Michigan State University. Applications are due by April 7. To learn more and fill out an online application, visit:
http://www.jinaweb.org/outreach/PAN/

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9b. BSCS is Looking for High School Biology Teachers for a Brief Field Test

BSCS is looking for high school teachers who teach introductory biology to participate in a brief field test of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) short film, The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation.

Selected teachers will have their students take a short pretest and then watch the film. Students will then take a posttest to assess what they learned from watching the film. Most teachers should be able to complete the work in approximately one class period.

Teachers will need to complete the specified work between mid-March and early April. Selected teachers will receive an Amazon gift card in appreciation of their efforts.

If interested, please complete a brief application at: http://bscs.org/short_film_field_test_application

If you have questions, please contact Anne Westbrook at awestbrook@bscs.org or 719.219.4139.

Application Deadline: February 7.

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9c. Michigan Envirothon Registration

You are invited to Celebrate 20 years of Environmental Education with Michigan Envirothon! This years Regional Competitions will be held around the state March 11 - 28. Form a team and join in for a day of hands on environmental education with Michigan natural resource professionals.

Register at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=vhr65vnab&oeidk=a07e8olnyoqa6dd7645

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9d. Upcoming Deadlines

February 1, 2014: Physics Modeling Workshop at Wayne State University. Please visit:
http://hep.physics.wayne.edu/~harr/workshop.html

February 7, 2014: Deadline for Biology Teachers to participate in a brief field test, with BSCS, of the film, “The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation. Please complete the application at:
http://bscs.org/short_film_field_test_application

March 11 – 28, 2014: Regional Michigan Envirothon Competitions. Please visit:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8olnyoqa6dd7645&llr=vhr65vnab

April 7, 2014: Deadline for High School Teachers and Students to apply to attend the Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) free residential program. Please visit:
http://www.jinaweb.org/outreach/PAN/

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Information for Middle School and High School Science Teachers

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10a. Learning Modules for Weather – Grades 7 - 12

Meteorology is an excellent topic to introduce middle and high school students to geoscience, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics. Satellite Meteorology learning modules provide scientists and educators with exciting activities and hands-on tools for investigation, inquiry, analysis and stewardship. Please visit:
http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/satmet/

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10b. Announcing Orion’s Quest New Mission

Now that 2014 has arrived let’s do launch! Launch of Orion’s Quest Mission X “Plant Growth in Space” that is. Orion’s Quest has been looking forward to announcing that they are now recruiting schools to participate in this, their newest research mission. “Plant Growth in Space” (PGIS) is based on an investigation done by NASA scientists studying the effects of microgravity on seed germination and plant growth. This is a great opportunity to get your kids involved in a current space-based experiment as they analyze photos downlinked from space.

This mission would be excellent for grades 5-9 and they encourage you to take a look and see if this can add excitement to an existing part of your curriculum. To learn more about PGIS and all of their other mission opportunities visit them at: www.orionsquest.org

From there it’s easy to sign up by simply clicking on the “Apply Online” button.

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10c. Traumatic Science Accident Requires All Science Teachers Attention

On January 2, 2014 a fire and explosion occurred at a New York City high school injuring two students. One student remains hospitalized with burns over 50% of his body. Unfortunately, this was the fourth time in four months that similar accidents across the United States have occurred.

It is absolutely critical that you and the other science teachers in your department and your school's principal watch and learn from the series of videos Flinn Scientific are about to share with you. These accidents are always tragic, and we can prevent them. The message they wish to send to you is -- learn from these accidents . . . with better attention to good safety practices, accidents like these are entirely preventable.

Please visit:
www.flinnsci.com/MethylSafety

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10d. Upcoming Deadlines

February 9, 2014: Darwin Discovery Day at the MSU Museum in East Lansing, MI. Please visit:
http://museum.msu.edu/index.php?q=node/358

February 28, 2014: Cell Day! Please visit:
http://www.nigms.nih.gov/cellday

April 1 – 6, 2014: 2nd Annual MSU Science Festival in East Lansing, MI. For more information, please contact Renee Leone at
scifest@msu.edu">scifest@msu.edu

August 3 – 7, 2014: Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley State University. Please visit:
http://www.bcce2014.org

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Information for Middle School Science Teachers

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11a. MEECS Training: MSTA Pre-Conference Workshop

Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) unit trainings are scheduled prior to the MSTA annual conference. Workshops will be held on three of the updated MEECS units: Climate Change, Energy Resources, and Water Quality.

When: Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm
Where: Radisson Hotel and Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan
For Whom: Teachers and non-formal educators
Cost: Workshops are $35 per session, which includes all MEECS materials in addition to training
Registration: MSTA Conference registration is not required to attend the MEECS pre-conference workshops.

For MEECS registration, please visit:
http://www.michigan.gov/deqworkshops

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11b. Upcoming Deadlines

March 6, 2014: MEECS Training at MSTA in Lansing, MI. Please visit:
http://www.michigan.gov/deqworkshops

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Information for Elementary School Science Teachers

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12a. New iPhone App From Engineering Adventures

EiE's (Engineering is Elementary) afterschool curriculum Engineering Adventures (EA) features a fictional brother-sister duo who guide kids on engineering adventures around the world. A new, FREE iOS app makes the hands-on EA activities more fun than ever. Using an iPhone to scan QR codes in their Engineering Notebooks, kids can hear "Messages from the Duo." It's like getting voice mail from Jacob and India! To get the app, search for "Engineering is Elementary" in the App Store. The app is FREE! For more information, please visit:
http://www.eie.org/news/new-iphone-app-engineering-adventures

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12b. Teachers Helping Teachers Teach Inquiry Science: Just ASK!

We know that classroom videos showing examples of science teaching are very useful for stimulating productive discussion that can lead to improved practice. K-6 teachers in the "Teachers Helping Teachers Teach inquiry Science: Just ASK" project would like to share their lessons (both lesson notes and lesson videos) with as many teachers as possible.

They are ready to offer four free ways for teachers and other science educators to participate with them.

(1) View & download free lessons from “Just ASK” teachers.

(2) Initiate & join online Community of Practice (COP) sessions.

(3) Initiate & join pre- and in-service teacher online "workshops."

(4) Receive support in sharing your own ASK lessons on their website at: http://www.justaskateacher.com

They highlight one of their 130 lessons in each newsletter. Previous newsletters (and our January newsletter -- http://justaskateacher.com/joomla/charles/ASKnewsletters/ASKnewsletter201401.pdf) are available on their website and at the following URLs.

http://justaskateacher.com/joomla/charles/ASKnewsletters/ASKnewsletter201309.pdf http://justaskateacher.com/joomla/charles/ASKnewsletters/ASKnewsletter201310.pdf http://justaskateacher.com/joomla/charles/ASKnewsletters/ASKnewsletter201311.pdf http://justaskateacher.com/joomla/charles/ASKnewsletters/ASKnewsletter201312.pdfhttp://justaskateacher.com/joomla/charles/ASKnewsletters/ASKnewsletter201401.pdf

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Science Humor

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13. Science Humor from the Twitterverse

If I were a DJ, my name would be DJ Enzyme because I’m always breaking it down.

Hydrogen and Oxygen were getting a drink. Gold walked in and they go “Au, get out of here.”

Tennis Fact: Li Na is short for Lithium Sodium

When life gives you lemons, use them as a source of electrical energy.

What does a nuclear physicist have for lunch? Fission Chips

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14. January Contest Winners

In January, we gave away three $10 Starbucks gift cards. Here is a list of the winners:

  • Benjamin Hondorp, Creekside Middle School – Zeeland Public Schools
  • Amie Anderson, Baker College of Muskegon
  • Susan Hasenbank, Ludington Area Catholic School

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

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Click on Teachers, and then click on Become a Point of Contact.

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