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Science Matters e-blast - March 27 – April 9, 2014
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In this E-Blast

  1. Leadership
  2. The Science Matters Network in Michigan
    1. Another FREE Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – Science Fairs and Alternatives
    2. What is Science Matters?
  3. Next Generation Science Standards
    1. It’s Official: Illinois Adopts Next Generation Standards
    2. Flip the Script! Reimagining Your Existing Lesson Plans for NGSS
  4. Michigan Department of Education
    1. Will You Support “The Curious Crew!”?
    2. Michigan Students Still to Receive Free College Entrance Exam
    3. A Research Study of Doing Based Learning: Students Learning by Doing in US Public Schools
  5. Information for Students (and Parents too!)
    1. Engineering for You Video Contest Deadline is March 31 for MS and HS Students and Beyond
    2. Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest for MS and HS Students
    3. Thacher Environment Research Contest for HS Students
    4. My Green School Art Contest Deadline March 31 for K-5 Students
    5. Upcoming Deadlines
  6. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers
    1. Teachers Inspire Wonder PD at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Stipend Included
    2. Nomination for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching for K-6 Teachers
    3. Call for Nominations – Outstanding Michigan Earth Science Teacher Award
    4. All Star Teachers
    5. Upcoming Deadlines
  7. Information for K-12 Teachers
    1. 4th – 12th Grade Teachers Needed for AAAS Science Assessment Field Trip
    2. Get the NSF Science 360 App for iPad
    3. Save the Date! MESTA Annual Conference in Alpena
    4. What is STEM?
    5. Educator Resource Repository
    6. Why is Science Important?
    7. Upcoming Deadlines
  8. Ideas from the Twitterverse
  9. Information for High School Teachers
    1. Spring 2014 Michigan Physics Education Meeting at Western Michigan University
    2. Modeling in Chemistry and Physics Opportunity with Stipend
    3. Latest BioInteractive Resources
    4. Summer PD Opportunities for Chemistry Teachers
    5. Upcoming Deadlines
  10. Information for Middle School and High School Teachers
    1. Upcoming Deadlines
  11. Information for Middle School Science Teachers
    1. USGS Guide for Hands-On Mineral Education Activities
    2. From the Ground Up, The Science of Soil
  12. Information for Elementary School Teachers
    1. Michigan Friends of Education – Free Books
    2. Engage and Amaze Your K-6 Students
    3. Turfmutt: Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time
  13. Science Humor Top Science Jokes From Stephen Hawking, Part II
  14. March Contest Winners

Here are your science education resources and announcements for March 27 – April 9, 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

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”

Dr. Seuss

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 – Science Fairs and Alternatives

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 “Science Fairs and Alternatives.” To access just visit:
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=nW5yGa2vsb

Resources include:

  • A Kinder-Science Fair
  • A Revamped Science Expo
  • Everybody Loves PRISM
  • Four Tools for Science Fair Success
  • From Cookbook to Experimental Design
  • Getting a Jump on the Science Fair
  • 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. What is Science Matters?

Science Matters is an initiative by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to bring content, news, and information that supports quality science education to parents and teachers nationwide.

Science Matters, sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation and Shell Oil Company, builds on the success of the Building a Presence for Science program, first launched in 1997 as an e-networking initiative to assist teachers of science with professional development opportunities. Building a Presence for Science—now Science Matters—reaches over 4,000 readers throughout Michigan. The same is true in 33 other states and the District of Columbia,

Why does Science Matter? Science is critical to understanding the world around us. Most Americans feel that they received a good education and that their children will as well. Unfortunately, not many are aware that international tests show that American students are simply not performing well in science when compared to students in other countries. Many students (and their parents!) believe that science is irrelevant to their lives.

Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy, and this innovation depends on a solid knowledge base in science, math, and engineering. All jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. The most recent ten-year employment projections by the U.S. Labor Department show that of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected for 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation to successfully compete for a job

This is why Science Matters. Quality learning experiences in the sciences—starting at an early age—are critical to science literacy and our future workforce. Feel free to publish this information in school newsletters and bulletins, and share it with other parents, teachers, and administrators.

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Next Generation Science Standards

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3a. It’s Official: Illinois Adopts Next Generation Standards

Illinois has officially joined the ranks of states adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.

Although the state board of education voted to adopt the standards in late January, that move was pending review by a legislative committee. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules issued a certificate of "no objection" to the adoption at the end of February, and that rule appeared in the March 14 Illinois Register. The standards will be implemented in the 2016-17 academic year.

Ten other states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards as well. Most recently, Nevada and Oregon committed to the common science standards, which emphasize conceptual thinking, scientific inquiry, and engineering design.

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3b. Flip the Script! Reimagining Your Existing Lesson Plans for NGSS

We know that the mantle of “Teacher” is a loaded one. We also know that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), while in many ways a welcome shift in science education, can be an added weight. The Education team at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum would like to share some strategies for reimagining your current lesson plans to align more effectively with NGSS.

Our Strategy: Simply flip your script! What do we mean? Traditionally, we have structured our lessons with a teacher-driven component as the meat of the experience, with an interactive, student-mediated portion usually designed as an effective supplement. Here, we suggest that you turn this lesson structure on its head by doing first, explaining later: empower your students to direct their own learning, help them retain important concepts, and knock NGSS goals out of the park as you go!

Step 1: Explore it! Give your students some thoughtful materials and a goal, and let their creativity and personal knowledge-base guide their explorations! Rather than providing students with direct answers or vocabulary, instead try asking them open-ended questions. Encourage them to extend their observations in directions you may not have previously thought of, too!

Step 2: Speak it! Act as the bridge between informal exploration and formal content. Ask your students to explain what they observed- what worked and what didn’t work. As they explain their observations, you can introduce the concepts and vocabulary that you may have originally introduced earlier in the lesson. By organically introducing the formal content, students are more likely to retain and use them.

Step 3: Own it! Here, you have the opportunity to assess your students learning by having students synthesize what they have learned through the exercise. Have them explore an additional challenge; reverse engineer a project based on their new found knowledge; or create a new experiment of model to demonstrate and extend their understanding. By this step, your learning goals will be met.

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Michigan Department of Education

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4a. Will You Support “The Curious Crew?”

WKAR, the East Lansing PBS station, is beginning the pitch process to potential funders for a TV program, and as they approach local municipalities around the state, they are hoping to have educators identify the relevance of the programming for their local area.

The intent of the weekly program "The Curious Crew" is to focus each episode on a single science theme and cover the elementary science outcomes (grades 2, 5, and 8) from the K-12 Science Framework and Next Generation Science Standards. Each program will encompass a number of experiments kids could replicate at home with household objects, as well as one large STEM challenge tied to the concept. The pilot link below gives a rough sample of the program without the embedded complex STEM challenge:

http://video.wkar.org/video/2365138210/

They also intend to video archive each separate segment identified with the science standard for easy teacher retrieval. That way, teachers can show clips to students or replicate the task themselves.

Would you provide your support for this program? If so, embed this sample letter:

Dear WKAR,

I’m writing this letter to extend my appreciation for developing “The Curious Crew with Rob Stephenson” program. The focus on science and STEM is of critical importance in education today, particularly at a time when we are working to prepare students to be persistent problem-solvers as adults. Elementary schools also continue to struggle providing enough science instructional time and professional development for teachers, so the program has the potential to support our classroom teachers as well as our local students.

Elementary teachers are looking for this kind of resource in which Next Generation Science Standards can be demonstrated for classroom viewing or replication, and the idea to archive segments by science topic on the web will be very useful for our local schools.

Again, thank you for supporting our teachers as we strive to inspire our young scientists.

Sincerely,

on your district letterhead and email it to Rob Stephenson at:

rob-stephenson@att.net

Stephenson_rl@elps.us

They are collecting letters of support at WKAR and he will pass them all along.

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4b. Michigan Students Still to Receive Free College Entrance Exam

All Michigan high school juniors will continue to receive a free college entrance exam when the state transitions to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said recently.

“The college entrance exam is a vital component of the Michigan Merit Exam given to Michigan high school students,” Flanagan said. “That will remain when we move over to the Smarter Balanced Assessments beginning next year.”

Flanagan met with a group of school counselors last week during the Michigan School Counselors Association’s Lobby Day in the state capital. The counselors told Flanagan they’ve been informed that the ACT college entrance exam will be eliminated.

“You’ve been badly misinformed,” Flanagan told the school counselors. “State law requires that students be given a college entrance exam.

“Michigan high school students will continue to receive a free college entrance exam as long as the legislature continues to fund it,” he said. “Principals, guidance counselors, parents, and students can be assured of that.”

ACT won the competitive bid to supply the college entrance exam in 2006 as part of the Michigan Merit Exam. That contract has expired and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and Michigan Department of Education are competitively bidding the contract again and likely will be awarding the new contract in May.

“This will be one of the traditional college entrance exams,” Flanagan said. “Smarter Balanced doesn’t have a college entrance exam.”

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4c. A Research Study of Doing Based Learning: Students Learning by Doing in US Public Schools

The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Education (FTEE) - Dugger/Gerrish Endowment, in partnership with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) has commissioned a study to determine to what extent students in United States public schools practice "doing" in their elementary, middle, and high school courses. For the purposes of this study, the definition of "doing" is:

A tactile/hands-on process of problem solving starting with human needs and wants that leads to the principles of innovation such as designing, making/building, producing, and evaluating.

They are asking that you respond to 3 demographic questions and answer Yes or No to 13 statements dealing with "Doing Based Learning." The survey will not take longer than 5 minutes to complete. The statements are based on the Next Generation Science Standards, Standards for Technological Literacy, and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Your input will not affect what you are currently teaching. There are no correct or incorrect responses. They are trying to determine what types of activities your students do in class. A space is provided for you to make comments, if you choose to do so.

This survey is totally voluntary. Your answers will be anonymous and can't be tracked back to you. Please complete this survey before April 15, 2014 to be eligible for an iPad Mini drawing that will be held no later than April 30, 2014. If you would like to participate in the drawing, follow the prompt at the end of the survey.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them to jmoye@iteea.org

Elementary School Teachers Click Here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DoingsProjectElementary

Middle School Teachers Click Here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DoingsProjectMiddleSchool

High School Teachers Click Here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DoingProjectHighSchool

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Information for Students (and Parents too!)

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5a. Engineering for You Video Contest Deadline is March 31 for MS and HS Students and Beyond

The National Academy on Engineering wants to know how engineering impacts YOU! Enter the Engineering for You (E4U) Video Contest and tell us how engineering creations serve the welfare of humanity and the needs of society. They are offering a $25,000 prize to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video that highlights engineering achievements of the past, present or future. There's also a "People's Choice Award" of $5,000 and the top videos in each competition category are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000. The deadline to enter is March 31, so start filming! Please visit:
http://www.nae.edu/e4u/?utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=National%20Academy%20of%20Engineering&utm_campaign=Spotlight+3-721-14&utm_content=&utm_term=

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5b. Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest for MS and HS Students

As part of the celebration of, and to help commemorate, the 5th Anniversary of NASA’s Kepler Mission, (which launched in March 2009), this art contest will be open to artists from the age of 13 through adult. They will be encouraged to submit their creative artwork that depicts, or relates to, the exciting discoveries made possible by the Kepler Mission space craft and its team of scientists and engineers.

The best artwork, selected by a combination of participants’ votes and expert judges’ scores, will be displayed as the Top 100 in the Gallery of the Art of Discovery website. For more information about the art contest, visit: http://keplerart.seti.org/

Contact information: Gary Nakagiri, EPO specialist, SETI Institute/Kepler Mission gnakagiri@seti.org

The deadline to enter is June 5, 2014.

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5c. Thacher Environmental Research Contest for HS Students

The Thacher Environmental Research Contest is a national competition for secondary school students founded by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in honor of former IGES board member Peter Thacher, former deputy executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), NASA advisor and a leader in promoting the use of satellite remote sensing.

Cash prizes are awarded annually to secondary school students (grades 9-12) designing and conducting the best projects using satellite remote sensing of the Earth. More information can be found by visiting:

http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/

The deadline to apply is May 5, 2014.

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5d. My Green School Art Contest Deadline March 31 for K-5 Students

Have your students submitted their artwork yet? 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.

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. The application is now available at:

www.usgbcdetroit.org

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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

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 17, 2014: Deadline for students in grades 5 – 12 to enter the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest. Please visit:
http://go.nasa.gov/1k1sDGj

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

May 5, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Students to enter the Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest. Please visit:
http://keplerart.seti.org/

May 5, 2014: Deadline for HS Students to enter the Thacher Environmental Research Contest. Please visit:
http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/

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

June 30, 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

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Grants and Opportunities For K-12 Teachers

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6a. Teachers Inspire Wonder PD at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Stipend Included

The Monterey Bay Aquarium will be hosting four institutes for teams of full-time classroom teachers this summer. These FREE, grade-specific, professional development opportunities use activities that are aligned with the NGSS, as well as Ocean Literacy principles. Teachers will receive activities, resources, and materials for their classroom plus a stipend upon completion of the program. For more information, please visit:
http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/education/teacher-programs

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6b. Nomination for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching for K-6 Teachers

Do you know or are you an exemplary math or science teacher in kindergarten through sixth grade? Please consider nominating him/her/them for the PAEMST Awards. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition a K-12 teacher can receive for outstanding science or mathematics teaching in the United States.

Why apply? Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
  • A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to recognizing outstanding teaching in mathematics or science, the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. This growing network of award-winning teachers serves as a vital resource for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and keeping America globally competitive.

Awardees are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching.

Since the program's inception in 1983, more than 4000 outstanding teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. Or, please nominate yourself!

The nomination deadline has been extended to April 15 (www.paemst.org) for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Teachers may nominate themselves or someone else (e.g., principals, teachers, parents, or other members of the general public) may nominate them for this award. The PAEMST Online Application is available but teachers must first be nominated. Once nominated, teachers will receive an email with a login and password to access the online application. The application deadline for K-6 teachers (Grades kindergarten through sixth) has also been extended to May 15, 2014. Secondary teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2015. If you have questions, please contact:

Betty Crowder
Science/Health Consultant
Rochester Community Schools
MSTA, Past President
Oakland University, Sp. Lecturer
PAEMST State Coordinator
Cell: 248-760-6399
Fax: 248-726-3135
ecrowder@rochester.k12.mi.us

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6c. Call for Nominations – Outstanding Michigan Earth Science Teacher Award

Do you know of a Michigan Earth Science teacher who is passionate about teaching, and who consistently inspires students? Someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty? Please nominate that person to be honored as the 2014 Outstanding Michigan Earth Science Teacher. It isn’t that difficult – just fill out a Nominations Form at:

https://www.mestarocks.org/cms/content/grants/oesta

round up a few letters of recommendation, and submit it all by July 1st.

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6d. All Star Teachers

NOMINATE A TEACHER -- Major League Baseball®, PEOPLE® and Target® invite you to nominate a current or retired teacher who is a classroom all-star. Someone who has made a difference in the lives of students as well as the community. Thirty teachers will attend and be honored at the 2014 MLB® All-Star Game® at Target Field® in Minnesota. Please visit:
http://mlb.mlb.com/allstar-teachers/?partnerId=ed-7959670-659651063

The deadline to nominate is May 5, 2014.

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6e. 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

April 1, 2014: Deadline for K-6 Teachers to apply for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Please visit:
https://www.paemst.org/home/view

April 1, 2014: Deadline for High School Teachers to apply for the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant. Please visit:
http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/grants/hachhighschool.html

April 15, 2014: Deadline for K-6 Teachers to be nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Please visit:
www.paemst.org

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 1, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. Please visit:
www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-application

May 1, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for grants from the Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership. Please visit:
https://www.dom.com/about/education/grants/index.jsp

May 5, 2014: Deadline to nominate an All Star Teacher. Please visit:
http://mlb.mlb.com/allstar-teachers/?partnerId=ed-7959670-659651063

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

July 1, 2014: Deadline to nominate for the Outstanding Michigan Earth Science Teacher Award. Please visit:
https://www.mestarocks.org/cms/content/grants/oesta

July 28 – August 1, 2014: An Introduction to Sustainable Forest Management Workshop for Teachers at the R.A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, MI. Please visit:
http://www.michiganforests.com/2014Teacher%20Workshop.pdf

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Information for K-12 Science Teachers

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7a. 4th – 12th Grade Teachers Needed for AAAS Science Assessment Field Test

AAAS Project 2061 is developing assessment items to measure elementary, middle, and high school students’ understanding of ideas about energy and recruiting teachers willing to field test multiple-choice test items with their students in Spring 2014.

Visit the AAAS Science Assessment Website at: http://assessment.aaas.org

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7b. Get the NSF Science 360 App for iPad

Get engaging science, engineering, mathematics and education images and videos! Available anytime, anywhere with the National Science Foundation’s award-winning, free Science360 for iPad app. Visit the App Store today.

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7c. Save the Date! MESTA Annual Conference in Alpena

This year MESTA will be holding their conference in the Alpena area from Tuesday evening August 12th through Saturday August 16th. Tours of the Lafarge limestone quarry, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and a variety of karst formations (sinkholes, lost rivers, etc.) will be featured. Fossil collecting will be available at Rockport Quarry. Their host for classroom sessions, Rock Shop, F&I, and the Rock Raffle will be Alpena Community College.

Final arrangements are still being made, but presenter forms and a link to the Alpena Conventions & Visitors Bureau are available at: https://sites.google.com/site/mesta2012/home

You can make arrangements here at any of the many possible accommodations – from campgrounds to motels – in the area. Registration should open sometime in early April.

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7d. What is STEM?

What is STEM? It's the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But while kindergarten through 12th grade education usually focuses on science or mathematics in isolation, all four of these disciplines are closely intertwined in the real world. Imagine if K-12 students were taught in ways that highlighted these connections, making their education more relevant to their lives and opening doors to new and exciting careers. Watch this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlPJ48simtE&feature=youtu.be and tell us what you think!

For more information about integrated STEM education, visit:
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18612

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7e. Educator Resource Repository

Do you need ENGAGING & EXCITING lessons that satisfy your state’s education standards? If the answer is ‘YES!,’ visit:
http://aespresources.psu.edu

to browse/search lesson activities in the NEON Resource Repository. Inspire the next generation of aerospace pioneers with STEM education resources.

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7f. Why is Science Important?

It is hoped that this project will help you and your students arrive at an answer to this question; and convinces them that science is important. This project is meant to reach people who don’t think science is important and convince them otherwise. The site tries to demonstrate that science is absolutely crucial to the future wellbeing of our world, that its contribution to culture is as significant as that of music, art or literature and, most important of all, that a sound appreciation of science is vital to realizing your potential as a human being. Please visit:
http://whyscience.co.uk/

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7g. Upcoming Deadlines

April 1-6, 2014: Michigan State University Science Festival in East Lansing, MI. Please visit:
http://sciencefestival.msu.edu

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

April 9, 2014: Deadline for 4th – 12th Grade Teachers to apply to participate in the AAAS Project 2061 Science Assessment Field Test. Please visit:
http://www.aaas.org/news/teachers-needed-science-assessment-field-tests

April 22, 2014: Earth Day. Please visit:
http://www.earthday.org

May 5 – 10, 2014: National Astronomy Week. Please visit:
http://www.the-observatory.org/key-stage-national-astronomy-week

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 16, 2014: National Endangered Species Day. Please visit:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/endangeredspeciesday/

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

June 23 – 27, 2014: Forest Ecology Teacher Institute for 3rd to 12th Grade Teachers on Belle Isle. Please contact Joan Chadde: jchadde@mtu.edu

August 12 – 16, 2014: MESTA (Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association) Annual Conference. Please visit:
http://mestarocks.org

November 8, 2014: MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference at Woodhaven HS in Woodhaven, MI. Please visit: http://mdsta.org

February 26 – 28, 2015: MSTA Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:
http://msta-mich.org

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Twitterverse

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8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

Pernille Ripp @pernilleripp Why Do I Ask My Students to Grade Themselves? http://goo.gl/NBvRtL

NOAA@NOAA

#NOAA partners w/ @WhiteHouse on new #ClimateData Initiative to help America become resilient to #climatechange: 1.usa.gov/1pbhxik

World Resources Inst@worldresources

Reading - How to fix the 10 worst wastes of water (@GreenBiz) ow.ly/uKLSK

We Are Teachers@WeAreTeachers

"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens." -Mandy Hale #ntchat #quote

Kim Campbell@KimCamp4Kids

A 1: When the butt goes numb the brain goes dumb. #mschat

Todd Nesloney @TechNinjaTodd 10 questions to ask yourself before giving an assessment http://goo.gl/K9NWXj via @justintarte

The Climate Group@ClimateGroup

Giant 1.1 GW #solarpower plant project in China is now underway: ow.ly/uxRfm (Image: PV in Andalusia) pic.twitter.com/gatqFEdbMJ

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Information for High School Science Teachers

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9a. Spring 2014 Michigan Physics Education Meeting at Western Michigan University

The spring 2014 Meeting of MIAAPT will take place on Saturday, April 12 at Western Michigan University. The keynote speaker will be U – M Solar Astrophysicist Dr. Justin Kasper.

For additional information about the Fall 2013 meeting, see the Call for Presentations as well as the website: http://web.miaapt.org

Other info about area hotels, parking, and maps for the WMU campus can be found at: https://www.wmich.edu/visit

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9b. Modeling in Chemistry and Physics Opportunity with Stipend

An MSP grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education is providing a unique opportunity for high school teachers of Chemistry and Physics in Michigan that supports current HSCE and the Next Generation Science Standards. The professional learning is designed as an immersion model where teachers learn from national facilitators and Michigan practitioners using the same techniques and materials they will utilize with their students. Participants will rotate through roles of student and instructor as they practice and engage in guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Strategies for raising the level of discourse during classroom discussions and student presentations will be emphasized.

Please join in for 15 days of training that will transform your teaching. Teachers will receive stipends of $1,500, SCECH’s & graduate credits opportunities, and some travel reimbursements will be available.

For more information & to apply, please visit:
http://mimodelinginstruction.org

Click on the link below, it conveys the nature of modeling instruction:
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/npe11.pd.sci.modapp/a-modeling-approach-to-physics-instruction/

(Warning: after 2 or 3 viewings PBS requires free registration to see it again)

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9c. Latest BioInteractive Resources

The following new resources are available for FREE from BioInteractive – “Free Resources for Science Teachers and Students:”

Evolution in Action: Data Analysis
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/evolution-action-data-analysis?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=b02ff097ab-BioInteractive_News_Vol_223_24_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-b02ff097ab-69447581

Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/anole-lizards-example-speciation?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=b02ff097ab-BioInteractive_News_Vol_223_24_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-b02ff097ab-69447581

The origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/origin-species-lizards-evolutionary-tree?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=b02ff097ab-BioInteractive_News_Vol_223_24_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-b02ff097ab-69447581

Medicine in the Genomic Era
http://www.hhmi.org/order-materials/holiday-lecture/medicine-genomic-era?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=b02ff097ab-BioInteractive_News_Vol_223_24_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-b02ff097ab-69447581

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9d. Summer PD Opportunities for Chemistry Teachers

Need some ideas for summer programs?

BCCE at Grand Valley State University http://www.bcce2014.org/

ACS regional meetings http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings.html

ASM Materials Science Workshop (there is no cost for this) http://www.asminternational.org/foundation/teachers/teacher-material-camps

Hope College Molecular Modeling Workshop (no cost, stipend available) http://www.hope.edu/csi/mmworkshop/

Modeling in Chemistry or Physics workshops (no cost, stipend available) http://modelinginstruction.org/teachers/workshops-2014/

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9e. Upcoming Deadlines

March 31, 2014: Deadline to register for the Michigan Robotics Day on April 10 at the University of Michigan. Please visit: http://www.mirobotics.org

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 14, 2014: Michigan Physics Educators Spring Meeting at Western Michigan University. Please visit: http://web.miaapt.org

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. Upcoming Deadlines

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. USGS Guide for Hands-On Mineral Education Activities

This teacher’s guide defines what a mineral deposit is and how a mineral deposit is identified and measured, how the mineral resources are extracted, and how the mining site is reclaimed; how minerals and mineral resources are processed; and how we use mineral resources in our everyday lives.”

Please visit:
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/17/gip-17.pdf

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11b. From the Ground Up, The Science of Soil

The Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education are excited to introduce From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil!

The Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education have joined forces to create From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil, a NEW middle school educational program designed to highlight the importance of soil, soil nutrients and soil science to creating sustainable global plant and crop growth!

Turn your classroom into a virtual lab with FREE educator resources that are designed to engage varied learners, enhance digital literacy and increase overall retention of core concepts by bringing science to life! Utilize six interactive lesson plans, educator videos and family activities to plant the seeds of curiosity and make science more relatable for your students. Please visit:
http://www.thescienceofsoil.com/teacher-resources?utm_source=DiscoveryEducation&utm_medium=1MM_NFL_Resources&utm_campaign=NFL

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Information for Elementary School Science Teachers

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12a. Michigan Friends of Education – Free Books

Did you know you can receive free books for students at:

http://mfefamily.org

About the MFEfamily Program:

We believe all students should have an equal chance to boost their reading proficiency and confidence. MFEfamily.org helps bridge the gap between struggling readers and skilled readers by providing free books and learning tools for all Michigan students. MFEfamily is a program of Michigan Friends of Education, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization.

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12b. Engage and Amaze Your K-6 Students

The Siemens Science Day website offers a variety of tools and resources that will help you reinvent science class. You'll find new, original hands-on activities and supporting videos, a teacher support center with best practice guides, monthly themes and an Ultimate Cool School sweepstakes. Please visit:
http://siemensscienceday.com/?utm_source=1MM_nonK8&utm_medium=032714&utm_campaign=SSD%20Spring%202014

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12c. Turfmutt: Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

Nature starts in your backyard. TurfMutt will help you and your family better care for the green space at home, at school and in your communities. Learn why it's important to appreciate and take care of our backyards, school play areas, parks and more. Get outside with TurfMutt! Please visit:
http://turfmutt.com/families.cfm?utm_source=DiscoveryEducation&utm_medium=Family_Activities_Email_3.18.14&utm_campaign=TM#.UzRE5dwSrBg

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Science Humor

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13. Top Science Jokes from Stephen Hawking

Two atoms were walking across the road.
The first one said, “Oh no, I think I lost an electron.”
The second one said, “Are you sure?”
The first one said, “Yes, I am positive.”

A neutron walks into a bar and says, “How much for a drink?”
The bartender says, “For you, no charge.”

Why does the noble gas always cry?
Because all of his friends are gone (Argon).

Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Molly!
Molly who?
Molecule.

Two satellite antenna’s got married.
The wedding was only so-so.
But the reception was fantastic.

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14. March Contest Winners

In March, we gave away three $10 Starbuck’s gift cards. Here is a list of the winners:
Kavita Sadwal, Detroit International Academy – Detroit Public Schools
Elizabeth LaLone, Great Lakes Academy – Pontiac, MI
Kyla Gurganus, Lincoln High School – Ypsilanti Public Schools

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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