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JFebruary 13 - 26, 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
    1. Another FREE Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – Formative Assessment
    2. Special Valentine Wishes from the Michigan Science Matters Network
  3. Next Generation Science Standards
    1. NSTA Next Generation Science Standards Virtual Conference 3-1-14
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  4. Michigan Department of Education
    1. 2014 Michigan Merit Curriculum Exam Dates
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  5. Information for Students (and Parents too!)
    1. "Science in Fiction” Video Contest for 6th – 12th Graders
    2. The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts February 14
    3. Doodle 4 Google for K-12 Students 13-19 Years Old
    4. MSU Educational Summer Camp
    5. Upcoming Deadlines
  6. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers
    1. EarthEcho Educator Grants
    2. MSU Great Lakes Conference and a Stipend is Available to the First 60 K-12 Registrants
    3. DiscoverE Educator Award for 6th – 12th Grade Teachers
    4. 2014 Science Grants for Elementary and Middle Schools – Due February 14
    5. Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle Workshop for Teachers of Grades 4-12
    6. Upcoming Deadlines
  7. Information for K-12 Teachers
    1. Thirteen Awesome STEAM Games, Apps and Websites
    2. Celebrate Wildlife and Water During National Wildlife Week
    3. Free Articles Online from Green Teacher Magazine
    4. National Ag Week
    5. Engineers Week Resources
    6. MSELA at MSTA
    7. Register Today for the MSTA Conference
    8. Multilingual Science Glossary
    9. Special Science Days at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers
    10. Careers with Birds Video
    11. Upcoming Deadlines
  8. Ideas from the Twitterverse
  9. Information for High School Teachers
    1. Opportunity for HS Students to Present Their Research at the MI Math and Science Symposium
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  10. Information for Middle School and High School Teachers
    1. New Searchable, Free Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy in the CLEAN Collection
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  11. Information for Middle School Science Teachers
    1. MEECS Training: MSTA Pre-Conference Workshop
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  12. Information for Elementary School Teachers
    1. NSTA Adopts Position Statement on Importance of Early Childhood Science Education
  13. Science Humor Science Humor from the Twitterverse
  14. February Contest– Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Here are your science education resources and announcements for February 13 - 26, 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

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

Nelson Mandela

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 – Formative Assessment

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 “Formative Assessment.” To access just visit:

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=VOlOP6z40a

Resources include:

  • Living or Nonliving?
  • Pond Life Magnified
  • 3-D Teaching Models for All
  • Assessment—Asking the Big Questions
  • From DNA to Disorder
  • Living Genetics with Paper Pets
  • Worms are for More Than Bait
  • 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. Special Valentine Wishes from the Michigan Science Matters Network

Here are a few Valentine Science Jokes to make that day extra special:

Q: Why did the banana go out with the prune?

A: Because it couldn't get a date.

Q: What did the paper clip say to the magnet?

A: I find you very attractive.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Next Generation Science Standards

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3a. NSTA Next Generation Science Standards Virtual Conference – 3-8-14

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. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) introduce a new way of teaching that integrates three dimensions--scientific and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. Engaging in scientific and engineering practices and recognizing cross-cutting concepts will facilitate better understanding of the disciplinary core ideas.

This web-based professional learning opportunity will feature interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, plus breakouts by grade level and discipline. Engage with leading experts, discuss ideas with colleagues, and gain practical insights and strategies to better understand and apply key principles from the Next Generation Science Standards—all from the convenience of your home.

Learn more about NGSS best practices in modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering and specific grade level and discipline specific strategies you can incorporate into your classroom teaching. Avoid travel costs and time away from home and family --a virtual conference is an exciting and convenient way to engage in professional learning.

Please 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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3b. 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. 2014 Michigan Merit Curriculum Exam Dates

The following are the dates for the Spring 2014 MME:

Initial Dates

March 4 - ACT Plus Writing®

March 5 - WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information

March 6 - Michigan Mathematics, Michigan Science, and Michigan Social Studies

Make-Up Dates

March 18 - ACT Plus Writing®

March 19 - WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information

March 20 - Michigan Mathematics, Michigan Science, and Michigan Social Studies

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4b. Upcoming Deadlines

March 6, 2014: Michigan MME Science Test

March 20, 2014: Michigan MME Science Test Make-Up

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Information for Students (and Parents too!)

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5a. “Science in Fiction” Video Contest for 6th – 12th Graders

The USA Science & Engineering Festival, in association with the Kavli Foundation, has launched the Science in Fiction video contest.

Using scenes from popular science fiction movies and TV shows, and video games, Gr. 6-12 students will create :30-:90 videos that investigate how science fictional scenes could be realized using current and developing technologies. First prize is $2000 cash prize and a travel stipend to travel to Washington D.C. for the Expo. The second prize is $750 and the third prize is $500. The People's Choice Award prize is $250.

DEADLINE is Mar. 21, 2014. ENTER HERE:

http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2014-festival/2014-contests/kavli-video-contest-2013-2014.html

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5b. The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts February 14

Everyone’s favorite midwinter bird count is happening this February 14–17, and for the second year in a row it’s open to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free event now in its 17th year, and by participating you're helping give scientists their biggest, broadest single-moment snapshot of bird populations. Last year nearly 138,000 people participated, counting 33.4 million birds and 4,258 species. A newly redesigned website is full of great features like a gorgeous display for your photo submissions, how-to materials, data exploration tools, and tricky bird ID help. Please visit:

http://gbbc.birdcount.org/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=5395106b94-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2014_2_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-5395106b94-303739965

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5c. Doodle 4 Google for K-12 Students 13 – 19 Years Old

Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more. One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2014. Please visit:

http://www.google.com/doodle4google/index.html

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5d. MSU Educational Summer Camp

The 4-H Renewable Energy Camp application is now available! It has a new name (formerly 4-H Discovery Camp), but they continue to provide experiences that enable youth to explore new and innovative ideas and uses surrounding bioenergy.

Youth will:

· Conduct their own experiments,

· Create their own biofuel and take home a sample,

· Interact with the MSU Solar Powered Car Racing team,

· Collect data in field trials,

· Tour and ethanol plant and wind farm,

· Interact with leading scientists and engineers,

· Compete in an Engineering design challenge,

· Tour the MSU Breslin Center and much more!

When: June 23-27, 2014 – applications due April 25th

Where: MSU Campus and sites across Michigan

Who: For youth 13-19 years of age

Please visit:

http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp

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5e. 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

February 14, 2014: The Great Backyard Bird Count Begins. Please visit:

http://gbbc.birdcount.org/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=5395106b94-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2014_2_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-5395106b94-303739965

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 20, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Students to Doodle 4 Google. Please visit:

http://www.google.com/doodle4google/index.html

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.

April 25, 2014: Deadline for Students 13 – 19 Years Old to apply to attend the 4-H Renewable Energy Camp at MSU in East Lansing, MI. Please visit:

http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp

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. EarthEcho Educator Grants

There’s still time to apply for EarthEcho Expedition Educator Grants, in partnership with the Captain Planet Foundation. Educators who are using or plan to use EarthEcho Expedition: Into the Dead Zone in their classrooms may apply for grants up to $1,500 to be used in conjunction with EarthEcho Expeditions materials. Whether you have just discovered the Into the Dead Zone resources and plan to incorporate them into an ongoing project or have been with EarthEcho's Expedition team every step of the way, these grants provide a boost to engage your learners.

The grant application is relatively simple and is submitted entirely online. For information and instructions on how to apply, please visit:

http://earthecho.org/news/CPFGrant-021514

If you have yet to discover EarthEcho Expeditions materials, please visit EarthEcho.org/Expeditions to explore NGSS based curriculum surrounding dead zones. Materials include: engaging videos, informative lesson plans using authentic scientific data, and robust resources to incorporate service learning into your STEM-focused classroom. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2014.

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6b. MSU Great Lakes Conference and a Stipend is Available to the 1st – 60 - K-12 Registrants

Michigan State University will again host a Great Lakes Conference this year as part of ANR Week. This year’s Great Lakes Conference will be held on the MSU campus at the Kellogg Center on Tuesday, March 4.

Stipends for the first 60 K-12 or informal educators who register are available thanks to a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to the conference, an educator luncheon is also being provided where information, ideas, and materials useful in advancing Great Lakes Literacy in Michigan will be shared.

To become eligible to receive a $150 stipend in support of your participation, you must complete BOTH of the following two steps -

1) Register for the conference (conference registration is free). You will find details about this year’s conference and you may register online at the conference website: http://www.hydra.iwr.msu.edu/registrations/GreatLakes/index.asp

2) Complete and submit the Stipend Application form. To obtain the stipend application form, please contact Steve Stewart at:

stew@msu.edu

Forms must be complete in order to be considered. Deadline for receipt is February 26. You will be notified about your stipend status by February 28.

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6c. DiscoverE Educator Award for 6th – 12th Grade Teachers

The DiscoverE Educator Awards are shining a spotlight on the educators who are inspiring tomorrow’s innovation generation. By honoring the teachers who are hard at work in 6th to 12th grade classrooms (here in the US and abroad), the engineering profession wants to show its appreciation and respect for the educators who are helping students discover engineering. Unique to this program, engineers and engineering students are part of the nomination process.

Three winners will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for a recognition event in June 2014, a $2,000 cash prize, and a 3M gift pack of classroom supplies. Their engineer/student nominators will also receive the trip to Washington, D.C. Eight notable runners-up will receive $500 each and gift packs. The deadline to apply is March 14, 2014. Please visit:

http://www.DiscoverE.org

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6d. 2014 Science Grants for Elementary and Middle Schools – Due February 14

Want to bring a rigorous, investigation-centered, standards-aligned science program to your elementary or middle school classroom? Sangari Active Science and IQWST is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants, winter of 2014, for any K-8 school that wants to bring this type of exciting program to their classrooms and students.

This opportunity is exclusively for schools that have expressed an interest in IQWST or Active Science in 2013.

General Information:

+ Mini-grants, maximum of $2500

+ Grant deadline is Feb.14, 2014

+As part of the grant process, award winners will be asked to write a short narrative about their project at the conclusion of their grant

+Award winners will be notified by Feb 21, 2014

+Project must be completed by June 1, 2014

For an application, please visit:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Xnuk95QHAvJ3-8QQAOr5RkJnKzUMoeKqPglPA3hg1A0/viewform

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6e. Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle Workshop for Teachers of Grades 4 - 12

Educators for 4-12 grade youth, with an interest in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are invited to attend this exciting 2-day workshop that provides a truly unique educational opportunity. Participants will receive an instruction manual, materials and support to design, engineer and build a fully functional underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). STEM skills and activities presented in this workshop support standards and benchmarks in science, math and technology. Each team of 2-3 teachers will receive lessons, design and build a fully functional ROV, control box, power source, and optical system valued at over $800. The workshop is presented by Square One, providing cutting edge, best practice supported professional development workshops.

Venue: Central High School, Bay City, MI

Date: March 21-22

For registration and more information, visit the Square One Professional Development link.

http://www.squareonenetwork.org/professional-development/

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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/

February 14, 2014: Deadline for K-8 Teachers to apply for the Science Grants from Sangari Active Science and IQWST. Please visit:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Xnuk95QHAvJ3-8QQAOr5RkJnKzUMoeKqPglPA3hg1A0/viewform

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 15, 2014: Deadline to apply for the EarthEcho Educator Grants. Please visit:

http://earthecho.org/news/CPFGrant-021514

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 26, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Educators to apply for the $150 stipend for attending the March 4 Great Lakes Conference in East Lansing, MI. For more information, please contact Steve Stewart at:

stew@msu.edu

February 28, 2014: Deadline to apply for the $500 PITSCO Scholarship. Please visit:

http://www.pitsco.com/Content/?art=7180

March 14, 2014: Deadline for 6th – 12th Grade Teachers to apply for the DiscoverE Educator Awards. Please visit:

http://www.DiscoverE.org

March 21 – 22, 2014: Uderwater Remotely Operated Vehicle Workshop at Central HS in Bay City, MI. Please visit:

http://www.squareonenetwork.org/professional-development/

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. Thirteen Awesome STEAM Games, Apps and Websites

Check out some rated apps, games and websites. Just visit:

http://www.graphite.org/blog/13-awesome-steam-games-apps-and-sites?utm_source=2014_02_11_Educator_Newsletter_1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly

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7b. Celebrate Wildlife and Water During National Wildlife Week

National Wildlife Week 2014 is March 17th-23rd and will celebrate wildlife and water. Water is a life source for all living creatures (whether human, animal or plant) and we all depend on having clean waterways. Over the course of the week, NWF and its partners will highlight this connection by exploring our waterways and the wildlife that depend on them - From the Mountains to the Rivers to the Oceans.

NWF will shed light on the connection between wildlife and water by examining over 50 different featured species across the country, from the endangered Hawaiian monk seal to swamp rabbits, whooping cranes and loons, spring peepers to spotted salamanders, rainbow trout to walleye and blue crab to dragonflies.

Be sure to download the National Wildlife Week poster at:

http://www.nwf.org/National-Wildlife-Week/Educators.aspx#poster

featuring the Hawaiian monk seal, whooping crane, blue crab and more. Discover a variety of lesson plans at:

http://www.nwf.org/National-Wildlife-Week/Educators.aspx#lessons

for grades K-12 about the water cycle, watersheds, water quality, aquatic wildlife, and more!

Sign up to receive regular email updates about National Wildlife Week at:

http://online.nwf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=NWWEmailSurvey&s_src=EmailCapture_NWW_Content

and they will let you know about new resources and upcoming events and activities across the country.

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7c. Free Articles Online from Green Teacher Magazine

Elementary

The Salad Farmers by Sara Inbar

http://greenteacher.com/the-salad-farmers

A first grade class in New York City grows their own food as part of an integrated unit that combines science, social studies, and literacy.

Middle School

Wild Harvesting and Traditional Ecological Knowledge byd Kieran Dowling

http://greenteacher.com/wild-harvesting-and-traditional-ecological-knowledge

Introduce grade 4-7 students to Indigenous knowledge and local ecosystems by the sustainable harvesting of wild products.

High School

Herpetology for High School Students by Catherine E. Matthews and Terry Tomasek

http://greenteacher.com/herpetology-for-high-school-students

Authentic environmental education gives young people opportunities for hands-on field experiences.

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7d. National Ag Week

National Ag Week is March 24-28 and is a great time to get your classroom and school involved in learning about agriculture. Plan a agriculture day or work with your county Farm Bureau to bring agriculture into your classroom. Utilize lesson plans from our website, read an Accurate Ag book to your class or contact your county Farm Bureau to have local farmers visit your classroom to teach Ag in the Classroom lessons. For these resources, please visit:

https://www.michfb.com/MI/MFB/Curriculum.aspx?zbrandid=4086&zidType=CH&zid=21200819&zsubscriberId=1022121174&zbdom=http://mfb.informz.net

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7e. Engineers Week Resources

Engineers Week is February 16–22, 2014. Engineering is in the spotlight right now—and science teachers need to know how to incorporate it into their STEM curriculum, what resources really work, and where to get online PD to stay current. Use this resource collection:

http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2014/02/07/engineers-week-resources-from-the-national-science-teachers-association/

from the National Science Teachers Association to find everything you need.

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7f. MSELA at MSTA

Join MSELA (Michigan Science Education Leadership Association) for a walking dinner and hear guest speaker Dr. Jim McDonald discuss NGSS: Challenges and opportunities for implementation. March 6, 2014 5:15- 6:45 Lansing, Michigan - Radisson Hotel Michigan Rooms – 2 & 3. For more information, please visit:

www.MSELAnow.webs.com

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7g. Register Today for the MSTA Conference

"Pure Michigan Science – Bridges to the Next Generation"

Michigan Science Teachers Association

March 7-8, 2014 – 61st Annual Conference

Lansing Center & Radisson Hotel, Lansing Michigan

DON’T’T MISS OUT!

Save $$$ - Register Early

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO – February 14, 2014

For information on Thursday sessions, go to:

http://www.msta-mich.org/images/pdfs/conference/Thursday%20Sessions.pdf

For a list of session by day or grade level, go to:

http://www.msta-mich.org/conference-a-events/276-2014-conference-sessions

To register by mail with check, go to:

http://www.msta-mich.org/images/pdfs/conference/MSTA%20CHECK%20REGISTRATION%20FORM.pdf

To register as a current member of MSTA with Credit Card, go to:

https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=msta&WebCode=LoginRequired

To register for the first time, go to:

https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=msta&WebCode=Verify

Information about parking, lodging, directions, go to: www.msta-mich.org

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7h. Multilingual Science Glossary

Select a letter of the alphabet, choose the language (from Chinese to Urdu) and get a list of words to click on for definitions. Please visit:

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/mlg/mlg.php?site=20

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7i. Special Science Days at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers Class Outside Educational Series combines Common Core Standards and classroom curriculum with the sport of baseball through special presentations, followed by a Tigers game at Comerica Park. Here are this year’s dates:

April 2 – Career Day

April 3 – Math Day

April 17 – Journalism Day

May 8 – Space Day

May 22 – Weather Day

For more information, please visit:

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ticketing/specialevents.jsp?event=class&partnerId=ed-7884307-649601153

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7j. Careers with Birds Video

One thing you can encourage in students is the knowledge that they can turn their love of birds and the natural world into a career. In this video, Cornell researcher and Museum of Vertebrates curator Kim Bostwick sits down with senior Andy Johnson to describe what she does and why she loves it. Watch it at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFErFjzQ-RU&utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=5395106b94-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2014_2_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-5395106b94-303739965

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7k. 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 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, 2014: MSELA Dinner Meeting at the Radisson in Lansing, MI. Please visit:

www.MSELAnow.webs.com

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

March 24 – 28, 2014: National Ag Week. Please visit:

https://www.michfb.com/MI/MFB/Curriculum.aspx?zbrandid=4086&zidType=CH&zid=21200819&zsubscriberId=1022121174&zbdom=http://mfb.informz.net

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

http://nsta.org

May 8, 2014: Space Day at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers. Please visit:

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ticketing/specialevents.jsp?event=class&partnerId=ed-7884307-649601153

May 22, 2014: Weather Day at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers. Please visit:

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ticketing/specialevents.jsp?event=class&partnerId=ed-7884307-649601153

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Twitterverse

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8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

Brian Wasson ?@bwasson RT @davidfcarr: NASA Explores 3D Printing: 5 Cool Projects by @ElenaBigApple http://buff.ly/NypXFm pic.twitter.com/7hCw1xT0Kq

350 dot org@350

MT @ClimateGroup World's climate records are now available on Google Earth: ow.ly/tkn6Z @NatureWorldNews pic.twitter.com/svULvLOuRD

Libby Pizzo@MathsterP

Bring the Winter Games into the Classroom!... fb.me/6sTVmBEXw

Global Forest Watch@WRIForests

Happening now: a dedicated team of @worldresources staff is testing the Global #Forest Watch site for bugs. pic.twitter.com/jVr84My1XZ

Henry Thiele Ed.D. @henrythiele School on snow days? Thank technology - Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-02/news/ct-snow-day-telecommuting-met-20140202_1_snow-days-school-cancellations-students

World Resources Inst@worldresources

Reading - Delhi vs. Beijing: How to read pollution statistics | India Real Time (@WSJ) ow.ly/t6vy6

David S Perrigo@dperrigo0209

@RickWormeli sharing how he guides students to provide their own self assessment/feedback. #sblchat pic.twitter.com/GDkm6C3o7s

Omar Usman@ibnabeeomar

You can’t see something successful and just model/replicate it. U gotta replicate all the hard work that’s not apparent as well to succeed.

NatSciTeachAssoc@NSTA

#NSTA Blog post: Concepts that cut across science disciplines bit.ly/1cirN67

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Information for High School Science Teachers

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9a. Opportunity for HS Students to Present Their Research - Michigan HS Math and Science Symposium

Registration is now open for the Michigan High School Math & Science Symposium (MHSMSS) will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the GVSU Eberhard Center on the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids. Registration fees paid before April 16 are $20 for presenters and $10 for observers. (The fees jump to $25 and $15 respectively after that date.) Registration fees cover morning refreshments, lunch, program, and the MHSMSS abstract booklet. This abstract booklet contains the proceedings of the symposium spotlighting the students’ presentations and achievement in science. It is sent to all colleges and universities in Michigan.

Students have three ways to participate in the Symposium. Traditionally, the symposium gives students who have worked on a science research project under the mentorship of a teacher or scientist the opportunity to give an oral presentation of their research findings to a group of peers in a setting that resembles a meeting of professional scientists. Colleges and universities have looked very favorably upon students who have presented their research in this type of forum. Many former participants have received recognition and scholarships for the research work they have done. Students who are just beginning their research as 9th or 10th graders may choose to apply for the limited number of poster presentation slots available. Due to space restraints in the Eberhard Center, they can accept only the first twenty posters registered. Poster presenters will be listed, but abstracts for posters will not be included in the MHSMSS abstract booklet.

As in the past, teachers are invited to bring students as observers who may be interested in research or contemplating a project for the next academic year. They will also be asking teachers to volunteer to be room moderators in the oral presentation rooms. They will introduce the presenters and monitor the question and answer period.

Call the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center at (616) 331-2267 or visit the website at:

http://www.gvsu.edu/rmsc/michigan-high-school-math-and-science-symposium-94.htm

for Registration Information, Guidelines, FAQ, and Call for Proposals. All applications are due by April 24, 2014. For additional information, contact the state coordinator, Paul Bigford at paulbigford@hotmail.com or call (231) 898-2633.

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9b. Upcoming Deadlines

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/

April 30, 2014: Michigan HS Math and Science Symposium at GVSU Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:

http://www.gvsu.edu/rmsc/michigan-high-school-math-and-science-symposium-94.htm

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Information for Middle School and High School Science Teachers

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10a. New Searchable, Free Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy in the CLEAN Collection

Do you need resources to help your students become literate in topics around climate and energy? CLEAN is a clearinghouse of online learning activities, videos and graphics on climate and energy.

The CLEAN collection offers the following resources and support:

1. CLEAN search engine directs you to online activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy that are searchable by grade level, topic, and resource type. These resources have been reviewed by scientists and educators, for accuracy and classroom effectiveness. The reviews will provide you extra insight and guidance on using these materials.

2. The CLEAN guidance on teaching climate and energy science provides a set of essential principles to frame the science and inform your teaching strategies. Learn more about these scientific principles, why they are important and challenging to teach, strategies for teaching age groups, and get directed to relevant activities, videos, and visualizations for each principle.

3. Join the vibrant CLEAN Network with updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons (Tuesdays at 1 pm ET). Join the CLEAN Network and its email list by contacting Tamara_Ledley at terc.edu.

Please visit:

http://cleanet.org/index.html

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10b. Upcoming Deadlines

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

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

Workshops for the updated Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) unit trainings have been scheduled prior to the 60th annual Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) Conference. These sessions will be held from 3pm to 6pm at the Radisson Hotel and Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan on Thursday, March 6th. The MSTA Conference will be held March 6-8, 2014.

Workshops will be held on three of the updated MEECS units: Climate Change, Energy Resources, and Water Quality. MEECS training and materials are being offered below cost at $35 per person and MSTA Conference registration is not required to attend.

To register for the MEECS workshops, please visit:

http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3308_3333-299654--,00.html

SCECH Credits are available.

For more information about MEECS, 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. NSTA Adopts Position Statement on Importance of Early Childhood Science Education

In a position statement adopted by the NSTA Board of Directors last week, the association affirms the importance of learning science and engineering practices in the early years to foster children's curiosity and enjoyment in exploring the world around them and to lay the foundation for science learning in K–12 settings and throughout their entire lives. The statement identifies key principles to guide the learning of science among young children.

NSTA wishes to thank the members of the position statement panel that developed the statement and the NSTA members who submitted feedback. Read the statement at:

http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/earlychildhood.aspx

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Science Humor

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13. Science Humor from the Twitterverse

Are you made out of Fluoride, Iodine and Neon? Because you are FINe.

I heard the Oxygen and Magnesium were going out and I was like, “OMg!”

DNA checks itself before it wrecks itself.

Think like a proton and stay positive.

Do not trust atoms. They make up everything.

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14. February Contest – Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

This month we have three great prizes to give away. The prizes are 3 - $10 Amazon 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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To subscribe to the Science Matters Network in Michigan e-blast, please visit:

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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