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Science Matters Network in Michigan e-Blast - April 10, 2016
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Week of April 10, 2016
Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast

Here are your science education resources and announcements for the week of April 10, 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

April 11 – April 29, 2016: M-STEP Window for Grade 11 Science Test

April 11 – May 27, 2016: MI-Access Test for Grades 3-8 and 11.

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 15, 2016: Deadline for High School Seniors to apply for the $1000 Gen Lloyd Scholarship. Please visit:

April 15, 2016: Deadline for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to apply for the College JumpStart $1000 Scholarship. 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 29, 2016: Deadline for High School Students to apply for the $1000 YDI Scholarship. 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 9 – 27, 2016: M-STEP Window for Grades 4 and 7 Science Test

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:

March 30 – April 2, 2017: NSTA Conference in Los Angeles, CA. 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:


Interactive Environmental Labs

These 5 interactive lab activities span several units, but tie together their common concepts. You may explore functional simulations or do field activities that are tied to the content of related units. The 5 units are: Carbon Lab; Demographics Lab; Disease Lab; Ecology Lab; and Energy Lab. Please visit:


Free Robot Kits for Middle School and High School Teachers

Do you know a teacher that could benefit from Parallax’s friendly robots? If their school hasn’t explored robotics because it looked too expensive, technical or hard to implement, they have products that are both inexpensive and surprisingly easy to teach. Through the month of April, Parallax will provide free robots to educators who are ready to evaluate their hardware for use in their technology courses. For a free sample robot from Parallax, an educator can send them the following via:

  • Name, school, shipping address and email address
  • Who referred you to them? How did you hear about their offer?
  • Name of the program, course or class where you are considering robotics.
  • Specific interests in robotics, programming electronics, logical problem solving, troubleshooting, competition, etc.
  • Computers used


DNR’s Academy of Natural Resources Coming this July!

For the 9th consecutive year the DNR will welcome between 55-60 Michigan educators to the Ralph A MacMullan conference center on Higgins Lake to learn how Michigan manages its vast resources and how teachers can connect this to their classroom. This year the Academy of Natural Resources runs July 10-15, 2016.  Thanks to annual scholarships by Safari Club International – Novi Chapter, educators only pay $295, which includes five nights lodging and 15 meals. Credits are also available but hurry, the courses fill quickly in the spring. For more information go to



The movement is strong in my house this spring break! Fun learning together with my kiddos!

What really killed the dinosaurs?

New project may finally resolve a longstanding controversy

Save the Date: GoogleFEST on August 9 & 10 at the Amway Grand in GR!

P-CCS elem teachers are sharing their implementation of the KLEWS chart in their science classrooms.

If a new finding about clouds is true, global warming could be even harder to control

Those chilly April temperatures are courtesy of the . But what exactly *is* the Polar Vortex?


Michigan School Improvement Regional Conferences

Featured topics:

  • Assessment and Accountability
  • Newly Improved Science Standards
  • Title Funding and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Continuous Planning and High Quality Monitoring
  • Utilizing AdvancED Tools for Accreditation and Continuous Improvement
  • Cultural Proficiency

Dates and Locations

  • April 29, 2016 – Oakland Schools
  • May 3, 2016  – Kent ISD
  • May 5, 2016 – Wayne County CC
  • May 10, 2016 – Saginaw Valley State University
  • May 11, 2016 – Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City
  • May 16, 2016 – Van Buren ISD
  • May 19, 2016 – NMU, Marquette

For more information or to register, please visit:


NSTA and ASTC Debut New Online Journal Bridging In-School and Out-of-School STEM Learning

NSTA and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) have released the first issue of Connected Science Learning, an online journal for STEM educators. The journal showcases highly effective programs, practices, collaborations, and research taking place between the formal and informal science learning communities. Sign up today for the free journal. You may view the first issue at:

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