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March 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 – Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
  3. Next Generation Science Standards
    1. And Oregon Makes 10 (+DC) to Adopt the NGSS
    2. The Relationship Between A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS
  4. Michigan Department of Education
    1. Upcoming Deadlines
  5. Information for Students (and Parents too!)
    1. NASA’s 2014 Edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day Contest for Grades 5-12
    2. Climate Change in Focus Video Contest for Middle School Students
    3. Become Part of Space History
    4. Upcoming Deadlines
  6. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers
    1. Wireless Technology Teacher PD Opportunity
    2. ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Gran
    3. An Introduction to Sustainable Forest Management
    4. Recognize Outstanding K-6 Math and Science Teachers-Presidential Award for Excellence
    5. Revitalize Your Math and Science Programs
    6. Upcoming Deadlines
  7. Information for K-12 Teachers
    1. Forestry Teacher Institute on Belle Isle, June 23-27 – Grades 3-12
    2. Hold the Date for the MDSTA Fall Conference
    3. Make a Difference for Wildlife and Water During National Wildlife Week
    4. Red Tailed Hawk Cam for You and Your Students
    5. STEM Career Accelerator Day
    6. What If You Dug a Hole Through the Earth and You Jumped In?
    7. Amazing Science Interactives
    8. STEM Integration in K-12 Education
    9. Michigan State University Science Festival April 1-6
    10. Upcoming Deadlines
  8. Ideas from the Twitterverse
  9. Information for High School Teachers
    1. Michigan Robotics Day
    2. MIAAPT Spring Meeting
    3. Cultivate Inventive Curiosity
    4. Upcoming Deadlines
  10. Information for Middle School and High School Teachers
    1. Upcoming Deadlines
  11. Information for Middle School Science Teachers
    1. Free Online Earth Science Textbook for Middle School
  12. Information for Elementary School Teachers
    1. Download Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp
    2. Bear Educators Guide
  13. Science Humor Top Science Jokes From Steven Hawking
  14. February Contest Winners
  15. March Contest – Win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card

Here are your science education resources and announcements for March 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

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
Bill Cosby

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 – Uncovering Student Ideas in Science

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 “Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 3: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes.” To access just visit:

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=5T5KjK9LFJ

Resources include:

  • Cloud Watchers
  • External Resources: Droplet and the Water Cycle
  • Learning the Ropes with Electricity
  • Reflecting on a Misconception? Can Students See a Full-Length Image in a Small Mirror?
  • Science 101: What causes the different states of matter?
  • Shadow Play
  • 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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Next Generation Science Standards

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3a. And Oregon Makes 10 (+DC) to Adopt the NGSS

The list of states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) continues to grow with the addition of Oregon. The Oregon State Board of Education voted unanimously on March 6 to adopt the new standards that will prepare students to be college and career ready. Oregon was a lead state in the development of the NGSS and has gone through an 8 to 9 month state review process after release of the standards last April.

According to Crystal Greene, communications director for the state's Department of Education, "Oregon educators were very involved in the review process. We had a great team of educators who provided feedback." She also noted the high level of enthusiasm for the NGSS from science teachers and from the state board. Other states that have adopted the NGSS include Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Vermont, California, Delaware, Washington, the District of Columbia, and Nevada.

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3b. The Relationship Between A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS

In 2012, the National Research Council released A Framework for K-12 Science Education as the first step in the two-step process to develop new science standards. The Framework proposed a new approach to K-12 science and outlined a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering. The developers of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) then used the Framework to develop both the structure and content of the standards. Many individuals familiar with the Framework were involved in the development of the NGSS. So, throughout the process of developing the standards, there was an active effort to maintain consistency with the Framework. Once drafted, the NGSS underwent a fidelity review by the NRC to evaluate whether the standards were consistent with the ideas laid out in the Framework.

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Michigan Department of Education

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4a. Upcoming Deadlines

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

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Information for Students (and Parents too!)

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5a. NASA’s 2014 Edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day Contest for Grades 5 - 12

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. They are celebrating Cassini’s 10-year anniversary orbiting Saturn with a special edition of the essay contest.

The 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12. Essays must be under 500 words. There are three essay topics to choose from:

Target 1. Saturn’s F ring

Target 2. Saturn's moon, Titan

Target 3. Saturn (specifically the north polar region of Saturn)

Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft. What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture? The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards. For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/1k1sDGj

The contest deadline is Thursday, April 17, 2014. All essays must be submitted by the student's teacher (or parent, if homeschooled). If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.

All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation. U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website. For questions about the contest, e-mail scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov

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5b. Climate Change in Focus Video Contest for Middle School Students

The National Environmental Education Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to bring middle school students and teachers a climate change video contest. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a video that is 30-120 seconds long that answers these two questions:

* Why do you care about climate change?

* How are you reducing carbon pollution or preparing for the impacts of climate change?

Prizes will be award to the top three Grand Prizes Winners. And the first 100 applicants will receive a free subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine! Submission deadline: March 18, 2014. View the full contest info, and apply at:

http://neefusa.org/climatecontest

For contest questions, email climatecontest@neefusa.org

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5c. Become Part of Space History

NASA and Lockheed Martin are developing the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and onto an asteroid or Mars. NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge is open for K–12 students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Youth may participate in a variety of settings: classrooms, home school, after-school clubs, summer camps, groups (such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H), museums, science centers, libraries, families, neighborhoods and individuals. The materials for the challenge are inexpensive and readily available. Students can work in teams or alone to test materials and design a simple shield using those materials. Each group must have an adult to serve as a mentor, educator or group leader. Adult leaders may be teachers, parents, college students or volunteers. Adult sponsors may register multiple groups throughout the duration of the challenge. All participants in the challenge, which includes students from around the world, will have their names flown onboard the Orion as honorary crewmembers.

Deadlines: Students may complete the challenge at any time. Deadline to submit student names for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014. For names to be added to the virtual crew list, students must complete their work by July 31, 2014.

Please visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacelife/explorationdesign/overview/index.html#.UyHlFNwSoYk

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5d. 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 18, 2014: Deadline for Middle School Students to enter the Climate Change in Focus Student Video Contest. Please visit:

http://neefusa.org/climatecontest

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 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

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. Wireless Technology Teacher PD Opportunity

Integrate Science and Math with Engineering and Technology by Exploring Wireless Technology

ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, has just announced the schedule for two sessions of its Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI-1) to be offered during the summer of 2014. Now in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, expenses paid, intensive professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom. Topics include basic electronics, radio science, microcontroller programming and basic robotics. ARRL will also offer an advanced Teachers Institute (TI-2) on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering. The linked article from the March issue of ARRL’s journal, QST, includes the schedule and description of offerings this summer. Please visit the ARRL website at:

www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-on-wireless-technology

for more details.

Go to:

www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-application

for information about applying and to download an application. Application deadline is May 1.

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6b. ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant

Since 2008, over 600 high school chemistry teachers received ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry.

Applications are accepted annually February 1 – April 1. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for their ideas. Applicants for the 2014-2015 award cycle will be notified of their status by June 30, 2014. Please visit:

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/grants/hachhighschool.html

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6c. An Introduction to Sustainable Forest Management

A workshop for teachers by the Michigan Forest Association

July 28 - August 1, 2014

R. A. MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon, MI

3 SB CEUs from Michigan State University (approved by MSU and pending approval by Mich. Dept. of Ed.)

Cost: $100 per teacher, due with registration. The balance of the cost will be covered by donations from sponsors.

Application form is on the Michigan Forest Association website or go directly to:

http://www.michiganforests.com/2014Teacher%20Workshop.pdf

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6d. Recognize Outstanding K-6 Math and Science Teachers – Presidential Award for Excellence

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The 2014 awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in kindergarten through grade 6. Recipients of the award will receive 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 and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Nominees must be US citizens teaching in a public or private school with at least five years’ experience teaching math or science at K–6.

Deadline: April 1, 2014, for nominations. For more information, please visit:

https://www.paemst.org/home/view

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6e. Revitalize Your Math and Science Programs

Each year Dominion offers educational partnership grants that provide elementary and secondary educators in targeted areas with the tools they need to revitalize their math and science programs. In the area of K–12 education, Dominion accepts grant applications, up to $10,000, to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen math and science education through the study of energy or the environment. Public and private elementary and secondary schools and public school divisions that are registered with the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) are invited to apply. Successful grant proposals should represent innovative and promising ideas, address math and/or science skills, reach a significant number of students and demonstrate broad-based community support.

Deadlines: Applications (now available) due by 5 p.m., May 1, 2014; notification to all applicants, July 16, 2014; public announcement, September 1, 2014

Please visit: https://www.dom.com/about/education/grants/index.jsp

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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/

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

http://www.getedfunding.com

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: Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle Workshop at Central HS in Bay City, MI. Please visit:

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

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 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 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 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. Forestry Teacher Institute on Belle Isle, June 23 – 27 – Grades 3-12

June 23-27, 2014

Forest Ecology Teacher Institute on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI

Through presentations, hands-on field data collection, classroom activities, and visits to a sawmill, school forest and overnight at Hawk Woods Nature Center. Participants will learn tree ID, forest measurements, forest health, disease & insect pests, forest soils, carbon sequestration, best management practices, and sustainable forest management. Sessions are presented by scientists, professional foresters, land managers, and expert educators. Teachers receive $100 of forestry-related classroom supplies, including tree field guides, Project Learning Tree (PLT) K-8 Activity Guide, PLT Focus on Forests, PLT Forests of the World, and more. Teachers who complete all course requirements, including pre-course readings and development of two lessons, can earn 2 graduate credits from Michigan Tech University. Cost: $300 includes five lunches, 2 MTU graduate credits, instructional materials, field trips, and overnight at Hawk Woods.

Cost is reduced due to generous support from a U.S. Forest Service grant to help reduce official MTU tuition (2013/14 Official Applied Science Education Graduate Resident & Non-Resident tuition is $514 per credit).

For more information, please contact:

Joan Chadde

jchadde@mtu.edu

906.487.3341

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7b. Hold the Date for the MDSTA Fall Conference

The Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Fall Conference, in conjunction with the Detroit Area Teachers of Mathematics, will take place on Saturday, November 8 at Woodhaven High School in Woodhaven, MI. For more information, please visit:

http://mdsta.org

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7c. Make a Difference for Wildlife and Water During National Wildlife Week

National Wildlife Week is next week, March 17th-23rd, and will celebrate Wildlife and Water--From the Mountains to the Rivers to the Oceans. There are many ways you can participate. Celebrate and experience nature with your kids, enjoy fun activities and games, and learn how you can take action for wildlife and water. Here are some ideas:

Family Fun -- http://www.nwf.org/National-Wildlife-Week/Family-Fun.aspx

What You Can Do -- http://www.nwf.org/National-Wildlife-Week/What-You-Can-Do.aspx

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

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

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7d. Red Tailed Hawk Cam for You and Your Students

Red Tailed Hawks – Nest – Lay Eggs in March

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/16/Red-tailed_Hawks/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=b18d455fd3-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2014_3_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-b18d455fd3-303739965

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7e. STEM Career Accelerator Day

On March 18, celebrate STEM Career Accelerator Day, a nationwide event aimed at building awareness about the rewarding potential of a STEM career. The event invites educators to participate in either regional STEM festivals or virtually, through Spark 101—a free, online resource designed to support teachers in facilitating problem solving activities in STEM classrooms. In addition to professional development and teaching resources, Spark 101 provides you with 10-minute, scenario-based videos from industry--directly aligned to national curriculum programs such as the College Board's Advanced Placement, Project Lead the Way, and National Academy Foundation programs—and can be used in almost any secondary STEM classroom. Please visit:

http://www.spark101.org

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7f. What If You Dug a Hole Through the Earth and You Jumped In?

“What if there were a tunnel through the middle of the earth and you jumped in?” Please visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN-FfJKgis8&feature=player_embedded

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7g. Amazing Science Interactives

http://learningscience.org

A free and open learning community for sharing newer and emerging tools to teach science. Developed for teachers and students, the site finds the best science interactives and resources in the world. Framed by the National Science Education Standards, they are a research and review website. Topics include: Science Inquiry; Physical Science; Life Science; Earth and Space; Science and Technology; Science and Society; and the History and Nature of Science.

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7h. STEM Integration in K-12 Education

Leaders in business, government, and academia assert that education in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is vital not only to U.S. innovation capacity but also as a foundation for successful employment, including (but not limited to) work in the STEM fields. K-12 STEM education, including standards and assessments, has tended to focus on the individual subjects, most often science and mathematics. The T and E of STEM have received relatively little attention. However, recent reform efforts, like the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), are stressing STEM connections - in the case of NGSS, between science and engineering. For the FREE video and book from the National Academies Press, please visit:

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18612&utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=The%20National%20Academies%20Press&utm_campaign=Final+Book+2014.03.06+-+STEM+Integration&utm_content=&utm_term=#multimedia

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7i. Michigan State University Science Festival April 1 – 6, 2014

Following the tremendous success of the first ever MSU Science Festival in April 2013, MSU will host its second annual event with an exploration of the science that touches our everyday lives. The 2014 Festival will feature topics spanning the science spectrum, from astronomy to human behavior to robotics to zoology. Presentations are designed to excite the mind and inspire lifelong learning for all ages. It will take place April 1-6, 2014. Please visit:

http://sciencefestival.msu.edu

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7j. Upcoming Deadlines

March 17 – 23, 2014: National Wildlife Week. Please visit:

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

March 18, 2014: STEM Career Accelerator Day. Please visit:

http://www.spark101.org

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 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 22, 2014: Earth Day. Please visit:

http://www.earthday.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

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

jchadde@mtu.edu

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

Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom 9 Essential Tips For Educators from @tomwhitby and I: http://bit.ly/1luss6x #edchat

Tom Murray @thomascmurray RT @web20classroom: 55 Curation Tools To Discover and Share Content: http://bit.ly/13KTQrY #edtechchat

Jen Arnswald@JenArnswald

Wayne RESA #NGSS Resources resa.net/curriculum/cur… #MISciPLN

350 dot org@350

UN climate chief @CFigueres: Extreme weather is silver lining for climate action: "you can't take them individually" ow.ly/uiHbP

Mark Wilson@MarkWilsonGA

@TitansPrincipal sharing @GASSP six foundations of positive school culture. #gassp #culture pic.twitter.com/kcdB02aDvx

edutopia@edutopia

New! Using #SocialMedia to Teach Visual Literacy edut.to/1hFVYoZ #edtech #edchat (via @DaveGuymon)

NatSciTeachAssoc@NSTA

via #NSTA Express: Lab Out Loud Explores NSTA's Early Childhood Science Ed Position Statement: nsta.org/publications/a… #earlyed #elemsci

Bill Dinkelmann@OAISDSciGeek

This will be epic...courtesy of @nytimesscience - A Successor to Sagan Reboots ‘Cosmos’ nyti.ms/1dhjvLT

Children & Nature@ChildrenNature

#Biking: good for your #health, good for the planet, good for your #happiness. childrenandnature.org/news/detail/bi…

Lisa Madden@lisa_madden

Collecting data to support why I should move to a warmer climate! #data pic.twitter.com/7FiOR2bnmN

OverDrive Libraries@OverDriveLibs

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” #readacrossamerica #tlchat

Hester Tinti-Kane ?@tintikane There is a difference between a problem + a task - David Conley. So important for students to learn how to approach a real problem. #sxswedu

Lucy Gray ?@elemenous Everyone at #SxSWedu should know about the Global Oneness Project. http://ow.ly/udCXw

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Information for High School Science Teachers

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9a. Michigan Robotics Day

2014 Michigan Robotics Day

Thursday April 10, 2014- Ann Arbor, Michigan

Please join in at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) for an event co-hosted by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the University of Michigan. Come experience the cutting-edge advances made by Michigan robotics’ companies and research organizations, hear from leading minds in the field, and see how students at the collegiate and high school levels are involved with these exciting new technologies!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - MARCH 31.

This event is intended for:

· Industry Professionals

· Robotics Researchers

· University Level Robotics Students and Engineers

· State & Federal Government Economic Development Staff

· High School students interested in robotics, engineering, or physics

· STEM Educators

· Makers and Hackers

· High School FIRST Teams are encouraged to bring their robots!

Please visit:

http://www.mirobotics.org/

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9b. MIAAPT Spring Meeting

Are you interested in physics, physics education, or science literacy? If so, you are invited to the Spring 2014 meeting of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers! Join colleagues from across the state to exchange innovative ideas in the teaching and learning of physics.

2014 Spring Meeting - April 12, 2014

Western Michigan University

Deadline for Presentation Proposals: Friday, March 21, 2014

Please visit:

http://web.miaapt.org

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9c. Cultivate Inventive Curiosity

The Lemelson–MIT Program has launched the Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam initiative, a program designed to cultivate inventive curiosity and skills in ninth- and tenth-grade students traditionally lacking access to hands-on enrichment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The initiative began with pilots in Massachusetts and Texas, with plans to extend to California and the Pacific Northwest in 2015. The JV InvenTeam initiative, supported by The Lemelson Foundation, builds on InvenTeams, the Lemelson–MIT Program’s decade-long experience engaging students in invention education activities. JV InvenTeams practice invention-based design activities and apply their learned skills to create useful and unique projects, such as wearable electronics. Students also learn to present projects at regional capstone events alongside other JV InvenTeams and their varsity counterparts, Lemelson–MIT InvenTeams. Guidebooks and activities created for teachers and students, and access to a network of invention education experts, provide JV InvenTeams with the resources they need to excel in hands-on STEM opportunities. Please visit:

http://web.mit.edu/invent/n-pressreleases/n-press-14jv.html

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9d. 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. Free Online Earth Science Textbook for Middle School

CK-12 Earth Science For Middle School covers the study of Earth - its minerals and energy resources, processes inside and on its surface, its past, water, weather and climate, the environment and human actions, and astronomy. Please visit:

http://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Earth-Science-For-Middle-School/

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Information for Elementary School Science Teachers

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12a. Download Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp

Lions! Pandas! Naked mole rats? Come visit them all at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in this new free app available for iPad, Android tablets, or can be played online. Shutterbugs is designed with both home and classroom use in mind. Just visit the App Store or the Google Play Store and search for Shutterbugs. It is FREE!

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12b. Bear Educators Guide

Below is a link to a new educators guide connected to the Disney movie Bears that is going to be released this spring. It is well done and could be useful to science teachers. It was done in partnership with the National Park Foundation. Please visit:

http://www.nationalparks.org/bears

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Science Humor

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13. Top Science Jokes from Steven Hawking

Why are books about anti-gravity such good reads?

You just can’t put them down.

What does a subatomic duck say?

Quark, Quark, Quark

Higgs Boson walks into a church…….

The priest said we don’t let Higgs Boson in here…

Higgs Boson said, if you didn’t have me, you wouldn’t have mass.

What did Mars say to Saturn?

Give me a ring sometime.

What is a black hole?

Something you get in a black sock.

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14. February Contest Winners

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

Deb Taylor, Royal Oak Middle School – Royal Oak Public Schools

Michael Hoekwater, Calvin Christian High School – Grandville, MI

Kimberly Lolich, Chippewa Valley Schools, Clinton Twp., 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. March Contest – Win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card

This month we have three great prizes to give away. The prizes are 3 - $10 Starbucks 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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