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September, 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

  • Another FREE Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – Science Journals
  • What is Science Matters?

3. Next Generation Science Standards

  • NSTA NGSS Virtual Conference – NGSS Practices in Action – November 15
  • NGSS NOW Newsletter

4. Michigan Department of Education

  • Spring 2015 Content and Grade Level Information
  • Upcoming Deadlines

5. Information for Students (and Parents too!)

  • eCYBERMISSION Competition for Students in Grades 6 – 9
  • HQ’s Ordinary Object Redesign Student Contest for HS Seniors
  • Earth Science Week 2014 Contests
  • NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data
  • National Chemistry Week 2014 Illustrated Poem Contest for K-12 Students
  • ANS Nuclear Art and Multimedia Contest “Get to Know Nuclear”
  • Upcoming Deadlines

6. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

  • Applications for the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy Close October 31 for 3-5 Teahers
  • The National Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
  • School Scholarships to the Leslie Science and Nature Center
  • eCYBERMISSION Now Offering Mini-Grants to Educators and Their Schools for 6-9 Classrooms
  • Registrations Now Open for Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program
  • Upcoming Deadlines

7. Information for K-12 Teachers

  • Celebrate World Space Week
  • Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth’s Connected Systems
  • MAEOE Fall Conference October 10-12 STEAMing Through Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • National Climate Data Center
  • National Chemistry Week 2014
  • Thirty Three Ways to Conserv Water
  • Aquatic Resource Educators Association (AREA) National Conference in Traverse City
  • National Fossil Day at the MSU Museum on October 18
  • Earth Viewer App
  • Help Develop Earth Science Teaching Resources
  • NASA Recommends Discontinuation of Student Rocket Activity
  • MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference
  • Upcoming Deadlines

8. Ideas from the Twitterverse

9. Information for High School Teachers

  • Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference
  • New Vaccine Film and Immunology Resources from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Upcoming Deadlines

10. Information for Middle School and High School Teachers

  • Upcoming Deadlines

11. Information for Middle School Science Teachers

  • Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Missions
  • Watch the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Final Event on October 14

12. Information for Elementary School Teachers

  • Discover MyPlate
  • EmPOWERed Kids Free App

13. Science Humor – Funny Jokes Found on Twitter

14. June Contest Winners

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

Here are your science education resources and announcements for September, 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

“Excellence is the Result of Caring more than others think is Wise, Risking more than others think is Safe, Dreaming more than others think is Practical, and Expecting more than others think is Possible.” 
Ronnie Oldham

Thank you to Herm Boatin, Science Consutant, 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 Journals

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 “Writing in Science.” To access just visit:
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=xzOW0EFIgh

Resources include:
A Laboratory of Words
A Menu of Options
Clues to the Past
Interactive Reflective Logs
Methods and Strategies: Developing Persuasive in the Science Classroom
Making Meaning with Notebooks
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 from the National Science Teachers Association that promotes quality science education, resources, and professional development opportunities. Each state has a Science Matters Coordinator whose primary role is to be the point of contact for distribution of science resources and opportunities to the state network. Your state coordinator is David Bydlowski. You can contact him at:
bydlowd@resa.net

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Next Generation Science Standards
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3a. NSTA NGSS Virtual Conference – NGSS Practices in Action – November 15

Prominent educators, professors, and curriculum specialists will lead you in immersive sessions to help you to better understand and to apply key principles from the Next Generation Science Standards with K–12 students.

Not an NGSS State? You'll still want to attend to learn more about the NGSS and the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education best practices that are making their way into classrooms nationwide this fall. Learn more at:
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/VirtualConferencefall.aspx
Download the virtual conference flyer at:
http://www.nsta.org/docs/VirtualConferenceFall2014Flyer.pdf

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3b. NGSS NOW Newsletter

In an effort to provide more up-to-date information on the NGSS and helpful guidance for the field, Achieve has revamped their newsletter. They hope you find the included updates, questions, and resources useful They welcome your questions and input. You can sign up for the newsletter at:
http://nextgenscience.org/newsletter-signup

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Michigan Department of Education
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4a. Spring 2015 Content and Grade Level Information

Students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 will be assessed on Michigan’s current content standards in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies.

Since Michigan moved from fall testing in grades 3 – 9 to spring testing, students will be tested on content learned in the current school year versus prior year student knowledge. This move necessitated a change in the tested grades for science and social studies. Beginning with 2015, students in grades 4, 7, and 11 will be tested in science, while students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will be tested in social studies. This is a change from last year.

The English language arts assessment consists of reading and writing, at each grade 3 – 8, and 11. This is a change from prior years when writing was assessed only at grades 4, 7, and 11. Mathematics will continue to be assessed at grades 3 – 8 and 11.

There is an important update that you should read regarding the 2015 Spring Testing Schedule.
The update is located on the Michigan Department of Education Assessment Home page or by clicking http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Spring_2015_Testing_Schedule_Update_464310_7.pdf

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4b. Upcoming Deadlines

MDE Websites of Interest
Science: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839_38684_28760---,00.html
Instruction: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_65803---,00.html
MEAP: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-22709_31168---,00.html
Interim Assessments: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_63192---,00.html
Michigan Merit Examination: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_35150---,00.html
Michigan School Scorecards: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_25058---,00.html

April 27 – May 11, 2015: Grade 4 Science MEAP
April 27 – May 11, 2015: Grade 7 Science MEAP
May 4 – June 1, 2015: Grade 11 (Including Science) Michigan Merit Exam
For more information, please visit:
http://michigan.gov/documents/mde/Assessment_Transitions_Communication-April_2_2014_452589_7.pdf

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Information for Students (and Parents too!)
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5a. eCYBERMISSION Competition for Students in Grades 6 - 9

Science teachers and the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program are on a mission to increase student interest in STEM education through the eCYBERMISSION program. Administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION is an online learning competition for students in grades six through nine. The competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

Registration is now open for the 2014–2015 program year. Students registered by November 5 will receive a FREE STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive, and pencil. For more information, contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via e-mail at: missioncontrol@ecybermission.com

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5b. HQ’s Ordinary Object Redesign Student Contest for HS Seniors

HQ, a company that designs user experience and user interfaces for web and mobile, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the winner of its Ordinary Object Redesign contest. High school seniors or college students are invited to submit a redesign of an ordinary object in PDF form as well as a one- to two-paragraph description of their project. The description will address the participant's design process, the general elements of good design, and how good design can make something better or more effective.

The competition has no GPA requirement. Those submitting entries must be legal residents of the United States. The deadline is December 31, 2014. Visit the website at:
http://builtbyhq.com/scholarship/
for more details and official rules.

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5c. Earth Science Week 2014 Contests

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a series of contests to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. This year's celebration takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest -- Open to All Ages
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html
Earth science is the study of the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air) and biosphere (living things). These spheres -- or earth systems -- are continually affecting and influencing one another. In our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces and in our public gathering places, we can observe the dynamic interactions of "earth system science." In a photograph, capture evidence of the connections of earth systems in your community.

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest -- Open to Students in Grades K-5
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html
Earth scientists -- or geoscientists -- study land, water, air and living things. In particular, these scientists pay attention to the ways these "connected systems" affect each other. For example, scientists study how water shapes the land, how living things use air and how air and water act on each other. How do these connected systems affect you? Use artwork to show how land, water, air and living things are connected in the world around you.

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest -- Open to Students in Grades 6-9
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html
Our planet's land, water, air, and living things each affect and are affected by one another. Earth scientists observe these interactions among earth systems -- the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Scientists study these interactions to seize opportunities and address challenges in areas such as harnessing energy, farming land, ensuring safe water, preparing for natural disasters, protecting the environment and building communities. Explain one way that geoscientists’ study of Earth's connected systems is helping to improve the world today.

The entry deadline for all three contests is Oct. 17, 2014. Visit the contest websites for full details. If you have any questions about these contests, please email the Earth Science Week staff at:
info@earthsciweek.or
for more details and official rules.

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5d. NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data

NASA recently made available, through Amazon Web Services, a large collection of climate and earth sciences satellite data. In coordination with this data release, NASA is challenging application developers to create new and exciting ways to use the data.

The challenge uses the Open NASA Earth Exchange, or OpenNEX. NEX is a data, computing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analyses codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the earth sciences. A component of the NASA Earth Exchange, OpenNEX provides users through the Amazon Web Services a large collection of climate and earth science satellite data sets, including global land surface images, vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate projections.

The latest challenge tasks participants to create an app that uses the climate and earth science data in new and exciting ways. NASA is offering between $10,000 and $25,000 in awards for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the OpenNEX data based on ideas from the first stage of the challenge. NASA will announce the overall challenge winners in December.

To educate citizen scientists on how the data on OpenNEX can be used, NASA is releasing a series of online video lectures and hands-on lab modules. To view this material, and for information on registering for the challenges, visit https://nex.nasa.gov/OpenNEX

The deadline for the challenge is Oct. 21, 2014. Complete details of the challenge are available at https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933585?cc=NASA3585&utm_source=NASA&utm_campaign=9933585&utm_medium=landing+page
Specific questions about this challenge should be directed through the challenge website after registration.

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5e. National Chemistry Week 2014 Illustrated Poem Contest for K-12 Students

Each year as part of National Chemistry Week (NCW) activities, the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten - 12th grade. Check out all the details at:
http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw/ncw-illustrated-poem-contest.html

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5f. ANS Nuclear Art and Multimedia Contest “Get to Know Nuclear”

The American Nuclear Society wants to showcase art that educates the public about the benefits of nuclear science and technology. There are people who fear all radiation and anything related to nuclear. You could help ease those fears by showing them that nuclear science and technology benefits them every day. Submit your students artwork promoting awareness and understanding of nuclear science and technology today!

Need ideas to get started? Check out
http://nuclearconnect.org
for information about nuclear in our lives.
* Zero Emissions / Carbon Free
* Sustainable Development
* Promoting one or several applications of nuclear science and technology (medicine, space, agriculture, electricity, research, etc.)
* Careers in Nuclear
* Comparing energy sources

For contest rules and entry form, visit:
http://nuclearconnect.org
The deadline is Monday, October 27, 2014.

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5g. 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

October 17, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Students to enter the Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest. Please visit:
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html

October 17, 2014: Deadline for Students in Grades K-5 to enter the Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest. Please visit:
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/visualarts/index.html

October 17, 2014: Deadline for Students in Grades 6-9 to enter the Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest. Please visit:
http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

October 21, 2014: Deadline to enter the NASA Challenge: Build an App that uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data. Please visit:
https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933585?cc=NASA3585&utm_source=NASA&utm_campaign=9933585&utm_medium=landing+page

October 27, 2014: Deadline to enter the American Nuclear Society Nuclear Art and Multimedia Challenge. Please visit:
http://nuclearconnect.org

November 1, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Students to apply for the Coleopterists Youth Incentive Award. Please visit:
http://www.coleopsoc.org/default.asp?Action=Show_SocietyInfo&ID=Youth

December 31, 2014: Deadline for High School Seniors to enter HQ’s Ordinary Object Redesign Student Contest. Please visit:
http://builtbyhq.com/scholarship/

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Grants and Opportunities For K-12 Teachers
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6a. Applications for the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy Close October 31 for 3-5 Teachers

By visiting:
http://www.sendmyteacher.com
third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers can apply to attend a week-long, all-expense paid professional development program that equips them with new ways to inspire their students in math and science. Join the more than 4,000 teachers nationwide who have attended since 2005. You can nominate a teacher at:
http://www.sendmyteacher.com
or encourage them to visit the site themselves and apply. Don't let this opportunity slip away!

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6b. The National Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is for career U.S. educators who may or may not qualify for consideration as an inductee and will provide recognition for individuals involved directly or indirectly with education for their significant contributions in support of PreK–12 teachers and the teaching profession.

Generally, selection will be based on contributions made over a career or an extended period. Occasionally, however, the selection may be based upon a single incident or activity. Nominations for the award, may be made by any person. The Award is an etched crystal optical tower and will normally be presented in Emporia during Hall of Fame Weekend or in Washington, D.C., during Hall of Fame ceremonies there. Learn more at:
http://www.nthf.org/awards

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6c. Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

The fellowships are available to current K–12 STEM educators with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership. The program aims to provide an opportunity for teachers to inform national policy and improve communication between the K–12 STEM education community and national leaders. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district, and must have been teaching in one or more STEM fields full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years.

Fellows spend 11 months in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with STEM program directors or policy makers. Einstein Fellows may serve in a Congressional office or in one of several government agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Fellows receive a monthly stipend and an allowance for professional travel and relocation.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.trianglecoalition.org/einstein-fellows
The deadline to apply is November 20, 2014.

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6d. School Scholarships to the Leslie Science and Nature Center

This year, through the generosity of their donors, the Leslie Science and Nature Center is able to offer school scholarships for both outreach and field trip programs. This opportunity is limited and requires an application signed by the school principal and submitted by Friday, October 3 for first-round consideration. Read all about this newly revised opportunity on their website at:
http://www.lesliesnc.org/applyforfunding

They offer a choice of scholarships:
Partial subsidy for outreach programs - they come to you! - including live bird of prey programs, subsidized field trip programs - you go to them! - or full reimbursement for your bus costs. A classroom can apply for one of these scholarships once every year. All programs must take place from November–March on Tuesdays–Fridays.

Please read through the application form and FAQs at:
http://www.lesliesnc.org/apply-adopt-class-scholarship-funding
prior to making your submission.

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6e. eCYBERMISSION Now Offering Mini-Grants to Educators and Their Schools for 6-9 Classrooms

eCYBERMISSION is giving away mini-grants
http://www.ecybermission.com/files/2014-2015%20eCM%20Minigrant%20Information.pdf
this year to support teachers and their schools to expand their STEM-based community projects in their classrooms. Grant recipients can also use the money for professional development or to purchase classroom materials and equipment. To apply for a mini-grant, teachers need to request an application from Chris Campbell (ccampbell@ecybermission.com) prior to October 22 and then submit the application by October 29. Applicants will be notified by November 3 if they are one of the lucky mini-grant recipients. All students and team advisors must be registered:
http://www.ecybermission.com/Register
by November 5 to be eligible for grant funds.

Administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION
http://www.ecybermission.com/
is an online learning competition for students in grades six through nine. The competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

For more information, visit the competition website
http://www.ecybermission.com/
or contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via e-mail at missioncontrol@ecybermission.com

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6f. Registration Now Open for Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program

Year 23 of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program—the world's largest K–12 student science competition—officially kicks off today with registration now open. The deadline for all projects is January 30, 2015.

ExploraVision, which is sponsored by Toshiba and administered by NSTA, was created to help motivate young students to excel in science and technology. Working in teams of two to four to design innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years, students have the opportunity to win a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond (at maturity). Canadian winners receive Canada bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars. The program is also offering great prize packages for the teachers and the school with the largest number of qualified teams. New this year, to celebrate ExploraVision's 23rd anniversary, the top 23 teachers who submit more than 23 eligible online entries will win a Toshiba Tablet.

Teachers can learn more about the 2014–2015 competition by watching ExploraVision's new video, hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy, or visiting the competition website at:
http://www.exploravision.org
Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate or like ExploraVision on Facebook.

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6g. 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

Last Day of the Months of September, October and November, 2014: Binoculars for Young Citizen Scientists. Please visit:
http://www.birdsleuth.org/binoculars-for-the-citizen-scientists/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=1765a5545d-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2014_5_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-1765a5545d-302899577

October 1, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Association of American Educators Classroom Grants. Please visit:
http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/classroom-grant-application

October 3, 2014: Deadline to apply for a school scholarship to the Leslie Science and Nature Center. Please visit:
http://www.lesliesnc.org/apply-adopt-class-scholarship-funding

October 22, 2014: Deadline for 6th – 9th Grade teachers to apply for eCYBERMISSION mini-grants. Please visit:
http://www.ecybermission.com/files/2014-2015%20eCM%20Minigrant%20Information.pdf

October 31, 2014: Deadline for 3rd to 5th grade teachers to apply for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Please visit:
http://www.sendmyteacher.com

November 20, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. Please visit:
http://www.trianglecoalition.org/einstein-fellows

November 30, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Teachers to apply for the PASCO STEM Educator Awards. Please visit:
http://www.nsta.org/docs/awards/STEMEducator.pdf

December 17, 2014: Deadline for teachers in grades 6-9 to register for the eCYBERMISSION Competition. Please visit:
http://www.ecybermission.com

January 30, 2015: Deadline to apply for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program. Please visit:
http://www.exploravision.org/

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Information for K-12 Science Teachers
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7a. Celebrate World Space Week

Imagine an entire week of space-themed activities to enhance learning. Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, October 4-10, 2014. World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with over 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of October 4-10.

In 2014, World Space Week encourages the use global navigation satellite systems space-themed activities. To learn more about World Space Week, find educational materials, and register your event, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.org

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7b. Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth’s Connected Systems

Join in for an exploration of our dynamic Earth! This year, Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, and celebrates Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between.
NASA missions study Earth's system and help us to understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA's Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth's system, videos, links to mission science, and more.

Visit the site to see a schedule of events for educators and the public:
http://nasaesw.strategies.org

Do you want the latest information on NASA Earth Science Week activities? Follow NASA's Earth Science Week team on Twitter (@NASAESW) or Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/NASAESW

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7c. MAEOE Fall Conference October 10 – 12 STREAMing Through Environmental and Outdoor Education

Join educators from throughout the state for the October 10-12, 2014 Michigan Alliance For Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Conference! This year's conference will be held at Higgins Lake at the Ralph A. MacMullan (RAM) Conference Center in Roscommon, MI. They will explore the lakeshore, woods and new classrooms, WHILE connecting standards and ourselves to the outdoors. Spend your nights in the camp-like lodges or camp right next door, within walking distance, at North Higgins Lake State Park. Booking your room at the RAM Center will be done through your conference registration, as will meals, but campsites or your choice of hotel room will be booked on your own.

Read through the Conference Pre-Program at:
http://www.maeoe.com
to find out about sessions, their keynote, the Friday night Share-a-Thon, the book store, the silent auction and to make your registration, lodging, meal, field trip and workshop choices before registering. Keep a running total of the fees for your choices—so you can enter it into PayPal at the end of registration. If you’d like to support the conference with a sponsorship, or come as a vendor or exhibitor—find those forms at:
http://www.maeoe.com

After you’ve read through and made your choices from the Conference Pre-Program visit Wild Apricot to register: https://maeoe.wildapricot.org/event-1692774
Also-if you are not a member-or need to renew-do that before registering by clicking on the Become a Member link on the upper left home page of Wild Apricot.

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7d. National Climate Data Center

The National Climate Data Center (NCDC) is the world’s largest provider of weather and climate data. Land-based, marine, model, radar, weather balloon, satellite, and paleoclimatic are just a few of the types of datasets available. Check it out at:
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access

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7e. National Chemistry Week 2014

National Chemistry Week (NCW), October 19 – 24, encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Local Sections, businesses, schools, and individuals are invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life.

The NCW 2014 theme is "The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy", showcasing the chemistry involved in candy and confections. Check out the resources at:
http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html

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7f. Thirty Three Ways To Conserve Water

Download a complimentary resource from the Project WET Foundation website today and start saving water now! Print and hang in classrooms, board rooms, staff rooms, break rooms and bathrooms or share digitally with friends and colleagues by forwarding this email or sharing it on social media. You can download it at:
http://www.projectwet.org/sites/default/files/content/documents/conservewater_edc.pdf?utm_source=Campaign+Created+2014%2F09%2F23%2C+11%3A54+AM&utm_campaign=Conserve+Water&utm_medium=email

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7g. Aquatic Resource Educators Association (AREA) National Conference Comes to Traverse City

Join in at the 2014 Aquatic Resources Education Conference, The Headwaters: Improving Aquatic Education at its Source, in Traverse City, Michigan from October 26 - 30, 2014 at the Park Place Hotel. The conference is designed for representatives of state, federal industry, fisheries and education professionals and dedicated volunteers involved in aquatic resource education programs.

Traverse City is one of Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations due to the pure beauty of the surrounding area and, fitting for this conference, is located within minutes of amazing aquatic resources like Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan and the Boardman River.

A strong mixture of professional presentations by aquatic educators along with aquatic resource outdoor learning sessions will better prepare any educator who works with angling or aquatic stewardship programs.

So be sure to register for the 2014 AREA conference and enjoy a professional conference nestled in the greatest freshwater ecosystem in the world. Make new contacts, rekindle old networks and catch the late autumn of Pure Michigan. Visit:
http://www.michigan.gov/area
to register or to find out more!

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7h. National Fossil Day at the MSU Museum on October 18

Come celebrate National Fossil Day at the Michigan State University Museum
Sponsored by Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA)
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pre-registration required, $20 includes box lunch, fossil kit, and other resources.
10:00 - Noon Teacher Workshops
• Elementary and secondary levels
• Topics include: use of fossils to address NGSS; constructing geologic history from fossil evidence; fossil identification helpful for Science Olympiad

FREE Public Event
12:30 – 4:00 Family Fossil Fun
• Michigan fossil dig & sift
• Scavenger hunt
• Fossil molds and models to make and take
• Face painting
• iPad fossil trivia contest – with prizes!
• Michigan Geological Survey/CoreKids Program – examine core samples containing fossils
• Guided tours of Evolution Hall
• “Ask the Expert”: a paleontologist will be on-hand to answer your fossil questions and to identify specimens

1:00 – 4:00 Special opportunity for educators: A “fossils only” version of MESTA’s famous Rock Shop will be set up for educators to acquire invertebrate fossils for study in the classroom or at home.

Register for teacher workshops at:
http://www.mestarocks.org
For more information: 517- 432-1472 or msum.education@gmail.com

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7i. Earth Viewer App

“What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool for tablet computers that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history.” Get the App for your tablet. Please visit:
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/earthviewer/

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7j. Help Develop Earth Science Teaching Resources

The Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education (MGRRE), housed in the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University, is developing online resources for teaching earth science. MGRRE maintains an extensive collection of Michigan subsurface geological information in the form of rock and sediment samples, chemical and physical datasets, fossil collections, and information about wells drilled for water, mineral, and hydrocarbon resources. Their goal is to make this data available online for classroom use in earth science lessons and inquiry-based activities.

They are conducting a needs assessment to find out which resources would be most useful in K-16 classrooms. Please take a 5-10 minute survey at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZTZDW87
to give them your input as they develop this teaching resource.

For more information about MGRRE and their current educational programs, please see: http://www.wmich.edu/corekids/

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7k. NASA Recommends Discontinuation of Student Rocket Activity

In 2012, an air pressurized paper rocket launcher being used by an educator failed. This launcher is described in NASA's Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90. NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum. Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. The point of contact for additional information is Diane DeTroye, NASA Office of Education, at nasaedpartners@nasa.gov. We request that your organization assist NASA in disseminating this information as widely as possible throughout the education community.
This is posted on:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/#.VBgr2Ui7nNU

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7l. DACTM/MDSTA Fall Conference

DACTM and MDSTA are proud to offer mathematics/science educators in Southeast Michigan a combined professional development event! Conference and registration information for this year's joint math/science conference is available NOW! Sessions address math and science topics at elementary, middle and high school levels as well as many that focus on math/science connections! Take advantage of pre-registration prices now! Pre-registration closes November 1, 2014.

Once again this year, there is special pricing that includes membership in both DACTM and MDSTA if you choose. Attendees will also receive a registration gift and a bag. A raffle of items kindly donated by their vendors will also take place and every attendee will receive a raffle ticket (must be present to win)!

They want to invite YOU to be a part of this exciting, valuable and energizing professional development opportunity. Visit the conference page at:
http://dactm.memberclicks.net/events
for additional information. They look forward to seeing you there!

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7m. Upcoming Deadlines

Have you checked out the National Science Teachers Association’s Freebies for Science Teachers webpage? It is filled with free materials and resources. Check it out regularly at:
http://www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx

October 1, 2014: Deadline to submit a presenter proposal for the 2015 MACUL Conference. Please visit:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZrHD-To5Da-Mfsmq_Y8LJFQyTK1UYWpPU2PBw50IkrM/viewform

October 4 – 10, 2014: World Space Week. Please visit:
http://www.worldspaceweek.org

October 6, 2014: Deadline to submit a speaker application for the 2015 MSTA Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DRZFXHN

October 10 – 12, 2014: MAEOE Fall Conference at the Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, MI. Please visit:
https://maeoe.wildapricot.org/event-1692774

October 12 – 18, 2014: Earth Science Week. Please visit:
http://nasaesw.strategies.org/

October 18, 2014: National Fossil Day at the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing. Please visit:
http://www.mestarocks.org/cms/content/national-fossil-day-michigan

October 19 – 25, 2014: National Chemistry Week. Please visit:
http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html

October 26 – 30, 2014: Aquatic Resource Educators Association (AREA) National Conference in Traverse City, MI. Please visit:
http://www.michigan.gov/area

November 8, 2014: MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference at Woodhaven HS in Woodhaven, MI. Please visit:
http://dactm.memberclicks.net/events

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

March 18 – 20, 2015: Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference at COBO Center in Detroit, MI. Please visit:
http://maculconference.org

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Twitterverse
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8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

InsideClimate News
@insideclimate 
What we do with the world's 14 biggest reserves of #carbon will help determine pace of #climatechange, and our fate: ow.ly/BUwhy

StateDeptOES
@StateDeptOES 
President Obama will expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to protect over 490,000 miles of ocean. pic.twitter.com/aO1UxcfvHQ

NOAA @NOAA
Also: Jun–Aug 2014 global *ocean* temp reaches record high per @NOAANCDC #StateOfClimate Rpt 1.usa.gov/1r0KzF0 pic.twitter.com/oDDqtFgxBA

American Red Cross @RedCross
If you have to evacuate your home, make sure you grab these items in addition to your emergency kit. #NatlPrep pic.twitter.com/FozhtqXh3V

Readygov @Readygov
Store at least one gallon of water for each person in your house for at least 3 days. #NatlPrep pic.twitter.com/qm7QqgTrIA

Scott McLeod @mcleod
2014 - PDK - Americans oppose using test results to evaluate teachers bit.ly/1tYlxtM

NatSciTeachAssoc @NSTA
STEM clubs provide a simple way to motivate students and increase their achievement in #STEM disciplines nstacommunities.org/blog/2014/09/1… #NSTA

George Couros @gcouros
RT @edutopia: Thanks for being that champion. #BestYearEver pic.twitter.com/ng47EHDV67 #psd70
Kaspersky Lab @kaspersky By 2018, The 'Internet Of Things' Will Be Bigger Than The Smartphone, Tablet, And PC ... http://ow.ly/2Nx27A
Yale Climate Project @YaleClimateComm #climate change puts half native north american bird species at risk climate.audubon.org n.pr/1rUQEX4 pic.twitter.com/dLLUomDsFz

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Information for High School Science Teachers
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9a. Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference,
November 12, 2014 at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI.

Join in at this year’s GreenUp Conference on the campus at Michigan State University at the Kellogg Center. The Conference, which provides excellent opportunities for sharing information, networking, and learning, will feature:
* The 6th Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award Ceremony
* Keynote speakers:Student poster contest with a $500 prize
o Eric Beckman, University of Pittsburgh, Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award winner.
o Bruce Dale, Michigan State University, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University Distinguished Professor; MSUAgBioResearch.
o Deanna Cullen, chemistry teacher at Whitehall High School in Whitehall, Michigan.
* Breakout sessions and panels

Green chemistry and engineering is revolutionizing the way we work and live, by employing less toxic materials and processes in the manufacture and design of the products we use every day while protecting human health and the environment. New regulations and consumer demand are pushing green chemistry and engineering principles to create new markets, reduce costs, increase safety, and gain a competitive edge. The 2014 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference is a fantastic platform to unify business leaders, engineers, chemists, researchers, teachers, and policymakers to move green chemistry and engineering forward in Michigan.

Designed for anyone interested in innovation and sustainability in Michigan, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts and share solutions to “green up” Michigan through green chemistry and engineering. Presenters will be talking about designing, innovating, and manufacturing what’s next by developing less hazardous, more effective materials, processes, and products.

This conference qualifies for 5 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) for Professional Engineers. To register, please visit:
http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3585_49005-329144--,00.html

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9b. New Vaccine Film and Immunology Resources from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

New video on vaccines
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/vaccines-calling-shots.html?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=8559c11a70-BioInteractive_News_Vol_309_15_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-8559c11a70-69447581

Immunity and Vaccines Explained
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/immunity-and-vaccines.html?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=8559c11a70-BioInteractive_News_Vol_309_15_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-8559c11a70-69447581

The Father of Microbiology – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/opinion/animated-life-seeing-the-invisible.html?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=8559c11a70-BioInteractive_News_Vol_309_15_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-8559c11a70-69447581&_r=0

Immunology, Hands On – Immunology Virtual Lab
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/immunology-virtual-lab?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=8559c11a70-BioInteractive_News_Vol_309_15_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-8559c11a70-69447581

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9c. Upcoming Deadlines

October 21, 2014: Vernier Data Collection Workshop in Detroit, MI. Please visit:
http://www.vernier.com/workshop

November 12, 2014: Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Please visit:
http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3585_49005-329144--,00.html

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Information for Middle School and High School Science Teachers
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10a. Upcoming Deadlines

October 25, 2014: “Teaching Science with Teachnology” at the NMC University Center Campus in Traverse City, MI. For more information, please contact Sue Campbell at 734-973-0433

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11a. Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces 2014 Fall Missions

Students and educators have two chances to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The 2014 fall missions are scheduled to take place Oct. 21-24, 2014, and Nov. 18-21, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

For more information and to register for an upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu
If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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11b. Watch the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Final Event on October 14

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/
is the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. This spring, ten national finalists were chosen to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist Mentor to bring their innovative idea to solve a real-world problem to life. On October 14th, these remarkable students will travel to 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, MN to present their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges, including special guest judge, Kari Byron, co-host of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters.

Register and Tune in LIVE on October 14th at 3:00 PM ET to see the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists compete for $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-discovery-education-3m-young-scientist-challenge-final-event-registration-13052421143

Meet the finalists before the big event!
The 10 finalists have been working all summer long to bring their innovative ideas to life with the help of a 3M Scientist Mentor. Meet the finalists and follow their journey to the final event on the Young Scientist Challenge blog at:
http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/blog

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Information for Elementary School Science Teachers
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12a. Discover MyPlate

Teach kindergarten students to make healthy food and lifestyle choices with USDA's inquiry-based nutrition education program, Discover MyPlate. The standards-based curriculum presents six interactive lessons that develop children's food "smarts" through science, reading, and writing activities. Titles include Meet the Five Food Group Friends, Discover MyPlate!, Eat Your Colors!, Planting the Seeds for Healthier Eating, Starting Our Day With MyPlate, and Let's Play, Let's Party! The lessons incorporate the use of supplemental materials that can make learning about nutrition fun, such as nutrition-themed books for emergent readers, a Five Food Groups poster, profile cards of Food Group Friends, and recipe cards for kid-friendly meals. Handouts for parents in English and Spanish are also available. Please visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/discover-myplate

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12b. EmPOWERed Kids Free App

Check out the new and exciting free app, from Consumers Energy, that teaches K-6th grade students about the benefits and how to stay safe around electricity and natural gas through games and interactive presentations. EmPOWERed Kids is available for Apple and Android devices. Simply search “Consumers Energy” or “EmPOWERed Kids” to download for free.

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Science Humor
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13. Funny Jokes Found on Twitter

What do you call an educated tube? A graduated cylinder.

Don’t throw sodium chloride at people. That’s a salt!

What fruit contains Barium and double Sodium? BaNaNa

I asked a photon if he needed help with his bags. He said, “No thanks, I’m traveling light.”

Visiting a black hole is better than visiting Vegas, because what happens in a black hold literally stays in a black hole.

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14. August Contest Winners

In June, we gave away one $10 Panera gift cards and three Subway gift cards. Here is a list of the winners:
Cindy Kundrat, Cumberland Elementary School – Lansing School District
Deborah Taylor, Royal Oak Middle School – Royal Oak Public Schools
Sulynda Schumacher – Deckerville Schools
Michael Hoekwater, Calvin Christian High School, Grandville

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. September Contest – Win a $10 Subway Gift Card

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

To win one of these prizes, send an email to:
David Bydlowski
bydlowd@resa.net
State Coordinator for the Michigan Science Matters Network
You MUST INCLUDE your name AND mailing address AND your school name/district. (If you want the card, sent to your home, please provide your home address.)
You may only enter once and only one entry per email address. Respondents 2, 12, and 22 will receive a prize. We will post all of the winners in our next E-Blast. Good luck to you and thank you for being part of the Michigan Science Matters Network.

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

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http://nsta.org/sciencematters
Click on Teachers, and then click on Become a Point of Contact.

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