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July, 2015
Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast
http://msta-mich.org/smn

In this E-Blast

  1. Leadership
  2. The Science Matters Network in Michigan
    1. Another FREE Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – Free SciPack – Electric and Magnetic Forces
    2. What is Science Matters?
  3. Michigan Science Standards / K-12 Framework for Science Education / Next Generation Science Standards
    1. Evidence Statements Released for Grades K-8
    2. FREE NGSS Summer PD for Science Educators in the Comfort of Your Own Home, From NSTA
    3. Arkansas Adopts NGSS for Grades K-8
  4. Information for Students (and Parents too!)
    1. Earth Science Week 2015 Contests
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  5. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers
    1. Wildlife Education Fellowships for High School Teachers
    2. Great Lakes Science for Teachers Workshop Cruise with $50 Stipend
    3. Upcoming Deadlines
  6. STEM Specific Resources
    1. New ACT Research on STEM Education
    2. US News and World Report Releases Annual STEM Index
    3. STEM Professional Development at NO COST in Jenison, MI on August 17
    4. Upcoming Deadlines
  7. Information for K-12 Teachers
    1. Summer Nights are Perfect for Stargazing
    2. “Where Over the World is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography from Space Trivia Contest
    3. Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use
    4. International Observe the Moon Night
    5. Celebrate World Space Week 2015
    6. New Original Web Series: Good Thinking! From the Smithsonian Science Education Center
    7. MSTA Now Accepting Speaker Applications for the MSTA Conference
    8. Upcoming Deadlines
  8. Ideas from the Twitterverse
  9. Information for High School Teachers
    1. AP Environmental Science Meeting Featuring John Hartig
    2. MIAAPT Fall Meeting Call for Presentations
    3. AAAS Online Cognitive Interview Study of High School Students
    4. Upcoming Deadlines
  10. Information for Middle and High School Teachers
    1. NASA’s Mars Student Imaging Project Educator Training - Online
  11. Information for Middle School Science Teachers
    1. Free Afterschool Engineering Units for Grades 6 – 8
    2. Pontiac Middle School Showcases Engineering Design Solution to NASA and US Doe
  12. Information for Elementary School Science Teachers
    1. PLT Green Works Urban 4th Grade Ecosystem Workshop
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  13. Science Humor
  14. June Contest Winners
  15. July Contest – Win a $10 Subway Gift Card

Here are your science education resources and announcements for July, 2015 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

“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.”

Lao Tzu

Thank you to Herm Boatin, Science Consultant, 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 – Free SciPack -- Electric and Magnetic Forces

SciPacks are 10 hour online learning experiences that you can use to help you better understand the content you teach. SciPacks are aligned with the national science education standards.

The Electric and Magnetic Forces SciPack explores electricity and magnetism. I hope you will enjoy this free gift that you can access in the NSTA Learning Center. To access just visit:

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/6/SCP-EMF.0.1

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. What is Science Matters?

Science Matters is an initiative from the National Science Teachers Association that promotes quality science education, resources, and professional development opportunities. Each state has a Science Matters Coordinator whose primary role is to be the point of contact for distribution of science resources and opportunities to the state network. Your state coordinator is David Bydlowski. You can contact him at: bydlowd@resa.net

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Michigan Science Standards / K-12 Framework for Science Education / Next Generation Science Standards

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3a. Evidence Statements Released for Grades K-8

The NGSS Evidence Statements for elementary grades (K-5)

http://www.nextgenscience.org/k-5-evidence-statements

and middle grades (6-8)

http://www.nextgenscience.org/middle-school-evidence-statements

are now available.

Please note, the NGSS Evidence Statements for high school grades (9-12) had previously been released. They are available at:

http://www.nextgenscience.org/ngss-high-school-evidence-statements

These statements were developed and reviewed by educators and scientists, including many members of the NGSS writing team. The evidence statements are intended to identify clear, measurable components that, if collectively met, fully satisfy each performance expectation (PE) described within the NGSS.

Given that each PE is three-dimensional, the statements describe how students can use the practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas together to demonstrate proficiency on the PEs by the end of instruction. They are not meant to limit or dictate instruction and were written to allow for multiple methods and contexts of performance, including students' performance on multiple related PEs together at the same time. For more information, see the Introduction and Overview, which applies to the evidence statements for all grade levels. Additional materials, including appendices for K-2, 3-5, and middle school are coming soon.

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3b. Free NGSS Summer PD for Science Educators in the Comfort of Your Own Home, From NSTA

Free videos showing NGSS/Framework-based teaching in action:

http://ngss.nsta.org/ngss-videos.aspx

Free NGSS-supported instructional resources—including lesson plans, units, instructional guides, books and book chapters, video simulations, science kits, and more—vetted by an expert team of curators:

http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx

Three FREE web seminars devoted specifically to Teaching NGSS in Grades K-5

July 22—Constructing Explanations from Evidence

July 29—Making Meaning Through Discourse

August 5—Planning a Coherent Storyline

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/webseminars.aspx

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3c. Arkansas Adopts NGSS for Grades K-8

On June 11, 2015, Arkansas became the 14th state (including the District of Columbia) to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards ( NGSS). The Arkansas State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Arkansas K–12 Science Standards for Grades K–4 and 5–8, which are based on the NGSS. The K–4 science standards will be implemented in the 2016–2017 school year, and standards for grades 5–8 will be implemented in 2017–2018. Work on high school standards is under way, with a plan to present them to the State Board of Education in Spring 2016. Arkansas educator Steve Long explains more about the process in a post on the NSTA Blog. Visit the NGSS@NSTA Hub to learn more.

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Information for Students (and Parents too!)

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4a. Earth Science Week 2015 Contests

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a series of contests to celebrate Earth Science Week 2015. This year's celebration takes place Oct. 11-17, 2015.

Earth Science Week 2015 Photography Contest -- Open to All Ages

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html

Geoscientists study our planet’s geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). These spheres -- or Earth systems -- continually affect and influence one another. With a camera, you can capture evidence of the dynamic impact of change processes in your home, neighborhood, school, workplace or local public spaces. In a photo, show at least one Earth system affecting another Earth system in your community.

Earth Science Week 2015 Visual Arts Contest -- Open to Students in Grades K-5

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html

Earth science is the study of Earth systems -- land, water, air and living things. Scientists pay special attention to the ways these things affect each other, such as the way wind shapes the landscape or falling rain nourishes plants. Use artwork to show how land, water, air and living things interact in the world around you.

Earth Science Week 2015 Essay Contest -- Open to Students in Grades 6-9

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

Since the earliest hand-drawn maps and diagrams, “visualization” has been an important way of explaining and understanding the interactions of land, water, air and living things. Earth scientists today use more sophisticated technology to monitor and represent these Earth systems -- the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. In an original essay no more than 300 words in length, explain one way that geoscientists’ use of cutting-edge visualization is advancing Earth science today.

The entry deadline for all three contests is Oct. 16, 2015. Visit the contest websites for full details.

If you have any questions about these contests, please email the Earth Science Week staff at info@earthsciweek.org.

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4b. 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

August 2, 2015: Future Engineers: 3-D Space Container Challenge for K-12 Students. Please visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-challenges-students-to-design-3-d-space-containers

August 14, 2015: Deadline for K-12 students to enter the Birthsleuth Youth Writing and Art Contest. Please visit:

http://www.birdsleuth.org/submission-form/

October 1, 2015: Deadline for K-12 students to enter the Save the Frogs art contest. Please visit:

http://www.savethefrogs.com/art/

October 16, 2015: Deadline to enter the Earth Science Week 2015 Photography Contest. Please visit:

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography

October 16, 2015: Deadline for K-5 Students to enter the Earth Science Week 2015 Visual Arts Contest. Please visit:

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visual-arts

October 16, 2015: Deadline for 6 – 8 Students to enter the Earth Science Week 2015 Essay Contest. Please visit:

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay

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Grants and Opportunities For K-12 Teachers

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5a. Wildlife Education Fellowships for High School Teachers

The application period for Ecology Project International's (EPI) 2016 Research & Education Fellowships is now open. They will review applications as they are received and will be selecting approximately 45 biology and environmental science teachers to join them on 4 fellowships throughout the spring in Costa Rica, Baja - Mexico and Yellowstone. Please visit:

http://www.ecologyproject.org/fellowship

to apply.

EPI will cover all expenses for the selected applicants except airfare and a $250 program fee. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2015.

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5b. Great Lakes Science for Teachers Workshop Cruise with $50 Stipend

When: August 6, 2015 – 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: Lake Erie Metropark marina (August 6)

Who: Active teachers in grades 4 – 12 who have not previously participated

Why: To enhance your Great Lakes content knowledge, obtain materials for your classroom, and receive a $50 stipend plus 4 SCHECH’s.

Register now through the Summer Discovery Cruises website at:

http://www.discoverycruises.org

to reserve your place!

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5c. 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/

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

http://www.getedfunding.com

July 17, 2015: Deadline to apply for a 2015 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award. Please visit:

http://www.michigan.gov/greenchemistry

July 27 – 31, 2015: Free STEM Institute on the Quality of Lake Erie for 5-12 Teachers. Contact GLOBE teacher Mikell Lynne Hedley, mikell.hedley@utoledo.edu for more information.

August 6, 2015: Great Lakes Science for Teachers Workshop Cruise, with $50 Stipend, for Teachers of Grades 4 – 12. Please visit:

http://www.discoverycruises.org

August 15, 2015: Deadline for new middle and high school teachers to apply for the NSTA New Teacher Academy. Please visit:

http://www.nsta.org/academy/

August 28, 2015: Deadline for middle school teachers to apply for the Fabulous Lab Makeover. Please visit:

http://www.fabschoollabs.com/learn-more/index.html

September 1, 2015: Deadline for High School Teachers to apply for the Wildlife Education Fellowships. Please visit:

http://www.ecologyproject.org/fellowship

September 30, 2015: Deadline to apply for the Michigan Association of Environmental Professional’s Education Grants. Please visit:

http://www.maep.org/grants.html

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STEM Specific Resources

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6a. New ACT Research on STEM Education

A new ACT research report on STEM and underserved learners finds that "only 25 percent of underserved STEM students met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in science, compared to 59 percent of students who are not underserved. Erasing this readiness gap in science would help more than 140,000 students become ready for first-year college science coursework." Learn more at:

http://www.act.org/stemcondition/14/pdf/STEM-Underserved-Learner.pdf

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6b. US News and World Report Releases Annual STEM Index

The annual U.S. News/Raytheon index measures STEM activity in the United States in several areas, including employment, jobs, degrees granted, salaries, high school interest, and SAT, ACT, NAEP, TIMSS, and PISA assessments. Please visit:

http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-index/articles/2015/06/29/the-2015-us-news-raytheon-stem-index

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6c. STEM Professional Development at No Cost in Jenison, MI on August 17

Build Your Instructional Strength with a Discovery Education STEM Academy coming to Jenison, MI on August 17th.

Jenison High School

2140 Bauer Road

Jenison, MI 49428

Discovery Education and STEM education are a perfect fit when it comes to transforming your classroom or school for the 21st century. STEM is not about just teaching about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; it is a culture that needs to be cultivated to help create a problem solving, creative, critical thinking workforce for tomorrow. During this Academy, Discovery Education will expand your thinking to embrace STEM beyond those subjects, and beyond your classrooms walls.

Register today at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discovery-education-stem-academy-with-jenison-public-schools-in-jenison-michigan-tickets-16928263893

STEM Academies bring together best practices in a digital world.

* An intense focus on instructional practices to successfully apply a STEM philosophy in their classroom, school, or district.

* A dive into what these practices look like and how to build them into the curriculum to maximize student engagement and achievement.

* * STEM instructional strategies connected to the demands of the NGSS and CCSS.

Action steps for immediate application of their learning.

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6d. Upcoming Deadline

August 17, 2015: Deadline to register for the FREE STEM Professional Development Academy at Jenison High School in Jenison, MI. Please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discovery-education-stem-academy-with-jenison-public-schools-in-jenison-michigan-tickets-16928263893

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Information for K-12 Science Teachers

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7a. Summer Nights are Perfect for Stargazing

Can you find the Big Dipper? The Little Dipper? How about Cygnus the Swan or Ursa Major the Great Bear?

The clear nights of summer are perfect for stargazing. Check out the free Sky Guide at:

http://enature.com/articles/detail.asp?storyID=687

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7b. “Where Over the World is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography from Space Trivia Contest

During his year-long stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Traveling more than 220 miles above Earth, and at 17,500 miles per hour, he circumnavigates the globe more than a dozen times a day. This gives Kelly the opportunity to see and photograph various geographical locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job while in space is to capture images of Earth for scientific observations.

Follow @StationCDRKelly on Twitter. Each Wednesday, Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to identify the place correctly will win an autographed copy of the picture. Kelly plans to continue posting weekly contest photos until he returns from the space station in March 2016.

For more information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly

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7c. Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit

http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to

GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov

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7d. International Observe the Moon Night

On Sept. 19, 2015, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Check the map of registered observation events at http://observethemoonnight.org

to see if an event is being held near you. If not, please consider registering and hosting one and inviting your community.

You don't know where to start?

This link walks you through the process of planning an event of any size. See how to host an event in six easy steps: http://observethemoonnight.org/getInvolved

Do you need suggestions for hands-on activities?

Visit http://observethemoonnight.org/activities for ideas.

Are you worried about cloudy weather obscuring your view of the moon?

The "Moon as Art” collection, chosen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, team, gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries -- as an inspirational muse. But this time, also see the moon from the perspective of being in orbit with a series of eyes that see different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Learn more at

http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/moonartgallery.html

Additional beautiful, high-resolution images of the moon's surface taken by LRO's cameras are available at http://lroc.sese.asu.edu

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to

Lora.V.Bleacher@nasa.gov

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7e. Celebrate World Space Week 2015

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2015. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 60 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities.

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area, and find educational materials, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.org

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7f. New Original Web Series: Good Thinking! From the Smithsonian Science Education Center

Following its mission to "transform the learning and teaching of science," the Smithsonian Science Education Center is introducing Good Thinking! Join science teacher Isabella Reyes in this new original animated series as she explores student misconceptions and the leading techniques in science education. These short, free clips are fun and engaging for all ages, and they are based on research in science, cognition, and pedagogy. Please visit:

http://www.ssec.si.edu/GoodThinking

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7g MSTA Now Accepting Speaker Applications for the MSTA Conference

NOW ACCEPTING speaker applications for the MSTA 63rd Annual Conference!

March 4 – 5, 2016

Lansing Center & Radisson Hotel, Lansing, MI

To submit a “General” speaker application, click on:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6TXK22Z

To submit a “VENDOR” application, click on:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MWR93SV

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7h. Upcoming Deadlines

Have you checked out the National Science Teachers Association’s Freebies for Science Teachers webpage? It is filled with free materials and resources. Check it out regularly at:

http://www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx

January 1 – December 31, 2015: The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. Please visit:

http://www.light2015.us

July 25, 2015: BioBlitz at the University Center in Gaylord, MI. Please visit:

http://www.ucgaylord.org

September 19, 2015: International Observe the Moon Night. Please visit:

http://observethemoonnight.org

October 4 – 10, 2015: World Space Week. Please visit:

http://www.worldspaceweek.org

October 9 - 10, 2015: Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association Annual Conference at Okemos High School in Okemos, MI. Please visit:

http://mestarocks.org

November 7, 2015: MDSTA / DACTM Fall Conference at Cousino High School in Warren, MI. Please visit:

http://www.mdsta.org

November 18, 2015: Fall Science Update at the GVSU Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus. Please visit:

http://_webteamtestaccount.cmail1.com/t/ViewEmail/r/3BD1227959AC936E2540EF23F30FEDED

March 3 – 5, 2016: MSTA 63rd Annual Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:

http://msta-mich.org

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

http://nsta.org

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Twitterverse

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8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

National Science Fdn

@NSF

When imagination leads to a global phenomenon bit.ly/1ep4V8O, via @IYL2015 blog #lasers

Gary G. Abud, Jr.

@MR_ABUD

When discussing articles, readings, experimental data in science, why is it tough to avoid personal bias?

Paul Andersen

@paulandersen

The best selfie stick is another human.

350 dot org

@350

Pacific Climate Warriors bringing the voices of frontline communities to the Vatican bit.ly/1QT2ayh @350Pacific #UnaTerraUnaFamiglia

NOAA Satellites

@NOAASatellites

It's #lightningsafety week, but did you know #lightning keeps Earth’s atmosphere balanced? go.usa.gov/3vyuz

NASA GISS

@NASAGISS

Hidden Importance of Clouds highlighted in @NautilusMag by GISS' @DrKateMarvel bit.ly/1GjfCAd #EarthRightNow

Florida Sea Grant

@FloridaSeaGrant

Using Big Data to Restore the Gulf of Mexico ow.ly/OnW0y #gulfofmexico #oilspill

NGSS

@OfficialNGSS

Curious about 'the nature of #science' in the #NGSS or how to emphasize it in school programs? bit.ly/1eIMYQ6

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Information for High School Science Teachers

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9a. AP Environmental Science Meeting Featuring John Hartig

Recently many new resources have been developed for secondary environmental science. During this meeting, on August 12, from 5 pm to 9 pm, they will review some of these resources including Facing the Future, BioInteractive, Focus On Forests, Climate Change, and others.

Dr. John H. Hartig will be the guest speaker. He is the manager of the Detroit River Wildlife Refuge and will be sharing his newest publication, Bringing Conservation to Cities.

It is the intent of this gathering to build greater awareness of environmental science and begin to build a network of support. The meeting will take place at the Auburn Hills Community Center 1827 N. Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. To register, call the City of Auurn Hills Recreation Reservation line, at: 248-370-9353. Upon registration, they will reserve materials and a light dinner donated by local vendors.

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9b. MIAAPT Fall Meeting Call for Presentations

The Board of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (MIAAPT) is pleased to announce that the Fall MIAAPT meeting this year will be Saturday, October 3rd at Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) in beautiful northern (lower) Michigan. Their keynote speaker, and a graduate of IAA, will be Dr. Holly Gilbert, chief of NASA’s Solar Physics Laboratory at Goddard Space Flight Center.

They invite you to submit a talk or workshop by replying to:

shaned@lcc.edu

Talks are generally about ten minutes long, workshops an hour or longer. On a personal note – you have something worth sharing! Many of us easily fall into the trap of thinking that if we know about something, everybody knows about it. They do not. Come share. They are asking that you try to submit your talk/workshop by mid August, to assist them in filling out the “SCECH” forms for high school teacher attendees.

Finally, they know Interlochen is a bit far away for some – IAA has kindly saved 10 rooms from their on campus hotel for MIAAPT. Those rooms may be reserved by calling 231-276-7570 and mentioning the MIAAPT meeting. For more information, please visit:

http://web.miaapt.org/home

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9c. AAAS Online Cognitive Interview Study of High School Students

Get your students involved in the development of NGSS-aligned assessment items! This summer and fall, students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade will have the opportunity to participate in cognitive interviews about evolution and common ancestry. AAAS Project 2061 will be conducting the interviews via Skype, and the results will help reveal what students across the country know about these topics. Let your students become involved in the development of their educational experience. Learn more at:

https://www.research.net/r/AAASevointerview?utm_src=email

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9b. Upcoming Deadlines

July 19 – 25, 2015: Transform Your Teaching of Biology Workshop, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Please visit:

https://sites.google.com/site/biologytrainingacademyregion3/

August 12, 2015: AP Environmental Science Meeting at the Auburn Hill Community Center. To register, please call:

248-370-9353

October 3, 2015: Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teacher’s Annual Conference at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Please visit:

http://web.miaapt.org/home

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Information for Middle and High School Science Teachers

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10a. NASA’s Mars Student Imaging Project Educator Training - Online

Arizona State University’s Mars Education Program is hosting two training opportunities for educators interested in learning how to facilitate NASA’s Mars Student Imaging Project. Help your students learn about science by being the scientists and conducting research on another planet -- Mars! The Mars Student Imaging Project is designed specifically for the Next Generation Science Standards and embeds 21st Century Skills.

Learn how you can facilitate this project in your classroom. You don't need any background in planets or geology to participate. This is project-based learning, and your students will learn how science works by formulating research questions, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting their findings to NASA scientists. Students’ work will be driven by their own interests about Mars!

The Mars Student Imaging Project is appropriate for grades 5-12.

Two in-depth, virtual training sessions also will be offered. These sessions are free, and participants will earn eight hours of professional development credit.

Session #1 will take place July 14-16, 2015. For more information and to register to attend, visit https://marsed.mars.asu.edu/msip/online-training-7-14-2015

Session #2 will take place July 21-23, 2015. For more information and to register to attend, visit https://marsed.mars.asu.edu/msip/online-training-7-21-2015

Please direct questions about the workshop to

mars@asu.edu

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Information for Middle School Science Teachers

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11a. Free Afterschool Engineering Units for Grades 6 - 8

Check out two new units from Engineering Everywhere (EE), their middle school afterschool curriculum. “It’s About Time” poses a mechanical engineering challenge: Design your own timekeeping device. “Plants to Plastics” is a chemical engineering challenge: Make plastic from eco-friendly plant-based materials

Each unit starts with a short video that sets a context for the activities. “Plants to Plastics” takes viewers on a virtual visit to Metabolix, a company that makes bioplastics. “It’s About Time” tours the Electric Time Company, which engineers large clocks for public spaces.

“The new units were a lot of fun to make, and a real team effort,” says curriculum developer Owen Berliner. Like all our afterschool units, they’re available as free downloads on the project website.

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11b. Pontiac Middle School Showcases Engineering Design Solution to NASA and the US DoE

Pontiac Middle School students have the right stuff, winning a national engineering competition by NASA and U.S. Department of Education (USED).

“I’m very proud of the hard work and innovation the students produced,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “Their achievement is indicative of the great learning going on in all Michigan schools.”

NASA and USED recognized students from Pontiac Middle School’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program for their innovative game solution in “Spaced Out Sports,” one of six engineering design challenges implemented over an eight-week span. The team gave a virtual presentation about its solution, “Work for Your Candy, Little Einsteins,” to a panel of senior officials from the two agencies.

View the presentation here: http://ow.ly/NMcNW

Judges’ observed: “The team used NASA scientist and engineer suggestions and revised the game to better reflect a microgravity environment. This was a great game all around. The team provided an excellent playbook, good understanding of Newton’s Laws, and good safety precautions.”

Pontiac Middle School’s solution was selected as part of a competitive process based upon creativity; use of the engineering design process; and student data collection and analysis.

Pontiac Middle School was one of 10 Michigan middle schools selected to participate in the USED's 21st Century Community Learning Centers’ partnership with NASA. The program’s mission is to bring hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM learning opportunities to students during after-school and out-of-school time.

Overall, the number of participating 21st Century Community Learning Center sites rose from about 20 last year to more than 70 this year. Participating states, besides Michigan, include: California, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The USED/NASA partnership’ purpose is to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in STEM disciplines.

NASA introduced student teams to the engineering design process that forms the basis of NASA’s work. To further engage and excite students in STEM, students also had opportunities for live interactions with NASA scientists and engineers, and facilitators were given specialized support including face-to face professional development workshops, webinar trainings sessions and web-based step-by-step instructional guides.

For more information about the Michigan Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers, visit:

http://www.michigan.gov/21stcclc

To learn more about NASA STEM Design Challenges, visit:

https://www.y4y.ed.gov/stemchallenge/NASA

For more information about 21st Century Community Learning Centers, visit:

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html

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Information for Elementary School Science Teachers

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12a. PLT Green Works Urban 4th Grade Ecosystem Workshop

PLT Green Works Urban 4th Grade Ecosystems Workshop

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

August 19, 2015

Hawk Woods Nature Center 3799 Bald Mt. Rd. Auburn Hills

Hawk Woods has a grant to allow teachers from the following school districts to attend for free: Pontiac, Flint, and Grand Rapids teachers

Others are welcome to attend with the cost of $37

PLT K-8 Guides and lunch provided and 5 hours of SCECH

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Cabin overnight available for those interested.

contact Mike Mansour to register by Friday, August 7th

mmansour001@comcast.net

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12b. Upcoming Deadlines

August 7, 2015: Deadline to register for the PLT Green Works Urban 4th Grade Ecosystems Workshop at the Hawk Woods Nature Center in Auburn Hills, MI. To register, please contact Mike Mansour at:

248-672-0682

mmansour001@comcast.net

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Science Humor

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13. Terrible Science Jokes

Teacher: Can you name the three kinds of blood vessels?

Student: Yes. Arteries, veins and caterpillars.

Teacher: What is the definition of hydrophobic?

Student: Fear of utility bills.

Q: What is the only known thing to travel faster than the speed of light?

A: A Chuck Norris roundhouse kick.

Q: What is the name of the first electricity detective?

A: Sherlock Ohms.

Q: What weapon can you make from the chemicals Potassium, Nickel and Iron?

A: KNiFe

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14. June Contest Winners

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

  • Lisa Short, Freeland High School – Freeland, MI
  • Lory Thayer, Capital Area Math and Science Center – Corunna, MI
  • Kavita Sadwal, Detroit International Academy for Young Women – Detroit, MI

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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15. July Contest – Win a $10 Subway Gift Card

This month we have three great prizes to give away. The prizes are $10 Subway Gift Cards.

To win one of these prizes, send an email to:
David Bydlowski
bydlowd@resa.net
State Coordinator for the Michigan Science Matters Network

You MUST INCLUDE your name AND mailing address AND your school name/district. (If you want the card, sent to your home, please provide your home address.)

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 don’t win, try again next month. Thanks to everyone for being part of the Michigan Science Matters Network.

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http://nsta.org/sciencematters

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

To unsubscribe from the Science Matters Network in Michigan e-blast, please email David Bydlowski, Michigan Coordinator for the Science Matters Network, at bydlowd@resa.net.

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