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Science Matters e-blast - March 20, 2016
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Week of March 20, 2016
Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast

Here are your science education resources and announcements for the week of March 20, 2016 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


Sue Campbell, MSTA Representative


Calendar of Events and Deadlines

March 20, 2016: First Day of Spring Please visit:

March 29, 2016: Deadline for High School Students to apply for the $1000 “You Deserve it Scholarship.” Please visit:

March 31, 2016: Deadline for Teachers in Grades 6 - 9 to apply for the FREE Lunar Workshop for Educators to be held June 27 - July 1, 2016 at NASA’s Goddard Flight Facility Please visit:

March 31, 2016: Deadline for Teachers in Grades 6 - 9 to apply for the FREE “Dynamic Response at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars” Workshop for Educators to be held July 11 - 15, 2016 at NASA’s Goddard Flight Facility Please visit:

March 31, 2016: Deadline for K – 5 Students to enter the My Green School Art Contest. Please visit:!

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

April 1, 2016: Deadline for 7th – 12th grade students to register for the Department of Education Makerspace Design Challenge with $200,000 in prizes. Please visit:

April 1, 2016: Deadline for Middle School and High School Teachers to apply for the “Arctic Plant Phenology Learning Through Engaged Science (APPLES) Climate Workshop to be held July 25 - 29 at Penn State University in University Park, PA. Lodging and meals included as well as travel. Up to $1000 in Stipends available. Please visit:

April 1, 2016: Deadline for K-6 Teachers to apply for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Please visit:

April 6 – 7, 2016: Fate of the Earth Symposium “Climate-Food-Energy-Water Nexus” to be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University. Please visit:

April 12, 2016: Deadline to apply for the Central Michigan Science, Mathematics, Technology Center (SMTC) at Central Michigan University (CMU), 2015-2016 STEM Education Grants Program.  K-12 Teachers are invited to apply. They anticipate funding approximately 30 awards under $7,500 and 4 awards up to $21,000, from across Michigan. Please visit:

April 17 – 23, 2016: National Environmental Education Week. Please visit:

April 18, 2016: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to register for the FREE USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Please visit:

April 22, 2016: Earth Day. Please visit:

April 30, 2016: Deadline for Middle and High School Students to apply for the $650 “Voice for Animals Scholarship.” Please visit:

May 1, 2016: Deadline for students 13 – 19 to enter the Future Engineers “Star Trek” Replicator Challenge. Please visit:

May 1, 2016: Deadline for Grade 6 – 12 Teachers to apply to attend the June 20 – 24 Bioenergy Institute for Educators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. $400 Stipend Provided. Please visit:

May 2, 2016: Deadline for MS and HS Students to apply to participate in the Mission Imagination (STEM/ISS) Design Challenge. Please visit:

May 15, 2016: Deadline for Middle and High School Teachers to register for Michigan Modeling Workshops:

  • June 20 – July 8 – High School Biology – Grayling High School
  • June 21 – July 8 – High School Electricity and Magnetism – Oakland Schools Technical Campus
  • June 27 – July 19 – Middle School Science – Muskegon Area
  • July 11 – 29 – High School Mechanics – Lansing Area
  • July 11 – 29 – High School Biology – Seaborg Math and Science Center at Northern Michigan University
  • July 18 – August 5 – High School Chemistry – Grandville High School
  • July 25 – August 12 – High School Chemistry – Novi High School

May 16, 2016: Deadline for Students ages 9 – 18 to apply for the $3000 Brower Youth Award. Please visit:

May 18, 2016: Deadline to enter the Google Science Fair for students ages 13 – 18. Please visit:

May 31, 2016: Deadline for Middle School and High School Students to enter the National Academy of Engineering 3rd Annual Engineering for You Video Contest Grand Prize - $25,000 Please visit

May 31, 2016: Deadline for Middle School and High School Teachers to apply for the “NEWBio BBEP Renewable Energy Teacher Summer Workshop on Bioenergy and Bioproducts” July 11 – 15 at Penn State University at University Park, PA. Expenses provided and $300 Stipend Available. Please visit:

May 31, 2016: Deadline for K-12 Students to enter the Michigan Design Council’s First Annual Michigan Design Prize – A Water Based Challenge. Please visit:

June 1, 2016: Deadline for High School Seniors to apply for the Michigan-Ohio American Nuclear Society’s $1000 Incoming Freshman Scholarship. Please visit:

June 21 – 23, 2016: Grandparents, Grandkids (ages 8-12) and Grand Valley 2016 Summer Camp. Please visit:

July 27 - 29, 2016: STEM Form and Expo Hosted by NSTA. Please visit:

November 5, 2016: MDSTA – DACTM Fall Conference at Warren Cousino High School. Please visit:

February 23, 2017: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Please visit:

March 24 - 25, 2017: MSTA Conference in Novi, MI. Please visit:


Lists of K-12 Competitions, Challenges, Grants and Freebies

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers a variety of fun and friendly competitions for both teachers and students. Please visit:

Complete list of grants, provided by the National Science Teachers Association. To view this list, please visit:

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

The National Science Teachers Association’s Freebies for Science Teachers webpage. Check it out regularly at:



New Michigan Science Standards

You can download a copy of the new Michigan Science Standards at:


Temperature Affects Density

Would you like a great activity from the American Chemical Society for middle school students? If so, this is what students will be able to do:

Students place hot and cold colored water into room-temperature water.

They observe that the hot water floats on the room-temperature water and the cold water sinks.

Students will combine the concepts of temperature, molecular motion, and density to learn that hot water is less dense than room-temperature water and that cold water is more dense.

To do this activity, please visit:


MDE Supports Early (K-3) Literacy Development and Science

A panel of Michigan and nationally recognized experts in science and literacy joined to create the following statements of belief, consistent with research, about instruction in literacy and science in grades K-3:

    • New Science Standards Are An Opportunity
  • Science Instruction Nearly Every Day

  • Literacy Throughout the Day

  • Involvement in Investigation of Natural Phenomena and Complex Problems for ALL Students

  • Science Learning is Essential

  • Science Education Supports Literacy Development

  • Intensive Professional Learning

For this full document, please visit:


GLOBE El Niño Field Campaign

El Niño and La Niña are important phenomena that can impact the climate by causing global flooding and droughts as well as changes in seasonal weather. These interactions around the world are called teleconnections. Because of the importance of this issue, a GLOBE ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) Campaign has been formulated to engage students in determining where and how much El Niño affects local places and to put students in contact with their local environment. To learn more about the campaign and how to participate, visit


The Strange and Surprising History of Daylight Saving Time

The practice of moving our clocks twice a year is awash with colorful characters and strange-but-true tales. Learn more from reading this exciting article from National Geographic:


Ted-Ed Video: Energy on Earth

Check out this good TED-Ed video to help students understand the connections and systems on earth related to energy. It has a small quiz after or create your own questions for students! Please visit:


Sample Item Sets from the Spring 2016 M-STEP

Sample Sets for the Spring 2016 M-STEP for students in grades 3–8, and 11 are a select group of test items in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies that encompass different item types, such as multiple choice, constructed response, and various kinds of technology-enhanced items. The sets provide students practice in solving grade-level and content-specific test items aligned to Michigan’s content standards. Educators and students can access the online Sample Item Sets using a Chrome browser:

The Sample Items Sets are not considered “Practice Tests,” as a practice test implies a test with the same number of items and similar level of difficulty as an actual test.


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