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Science Matters e-blast - February 28, 2016
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Week of February 28, 2016
Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast

Here are your science education resources and announcements for the week of February 28, 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

February 29, 2016: Deadline for Students in Grades 6 – 9 to enter the eCYBERMISSION Competition. Please visit:

March 1, 2016: Deadline to Apply for the Association of American Educators Classroom Grants Valued at $500. Please visit:

March 1, 2016: Deadline for K-5 Students to enter the DuPont Elementary Division Challenge. Please visit:

March 2, 2016: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Innovation Generation STEM Grants. Please visit:

March 3, 2016: Michigan Science Standards for Administrators: K-12 Admin Boot Camp. Please contact:

Sue Campbell, MSTA Office: 734 973 0433 or

March 3 – 5, 2016: Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:

March 4, 2016: Deadline for 5th – 8th Grade Teachers to Apply for the 2016 “Real World Science Cohort” to be held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA. A scholarship is provided for most expenses. Please visit:

March 4 – 5, 2016: MEECS Training at the MSTA Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:,4561,7-135-3308_3333-372879--,00.html?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

March 7, 2016: Deadline for Middle School Teachers and Students to enter the Let It Grow Contest-From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil. Please visit:

March 8 – 9 (local time), 2016: Total Solar Eclipse. Please visit:

March 8, 2016: Deadline for students in grades 3 – 12 to register for the NASA 2016 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. Please visit:

March 8, 2016: Deadline for Teachers of Grades 9 – 12 to apply to attend the FREE week-long, July 5-10 Residential Summer Institute at the Monterey Bay Aquarium “Connecting with Marine Science Teacher Institute. $50 Stipend Per Day Provided. Please visit:

March 9 – 11, 2016: MACUL Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:

March 10, 2016: Deadline for K-12 Teachers to apply for the $1000 Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants. Please visit:

March 11, 2016: Deadline for 9th Grade Students to apply to attend the FREE Earth Camp at the University of Michigan from August 6 -12. Please visit:

March 12, 2016 – Climate Science in the Classroom – A Virtual Conference Hosted by NSTA. Please visit:

March 15, 2016: Deadline for 7th to 12th grade teachers to apply for the Summer Teacher Institute in Plant Biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Scholarship includes: housing, meals, travel and stipend. Please visit:

March 18, 2016: Deadline for 6th – 12th Grade Teachers to apply to attend the June 20 – August 5, Research Experience for Teachers in Bioenergy, Sustainability Energy Systems at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. $7000 Stipend Provided. Please visit:

March 31 – April 3, 2016: NSTA Conference in Nashville, TN. 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 22, 2016: Earth Day. 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

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:

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


PhET Interactive Glacier Simulations

You can adjust mountain snowfall and temperature to see the glacier grow and shrink using this PhET glacier simulation. You will use scientific tools to measure thickness, velocity and glacial budget. Please visit:


Lunar Workshop for Grade 6 – 9 Teachers With $500 Stipend Available

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission is sponsoring a workshop for grade 6–9 science teachers. The week-long workshop, at the Goddard Flight Facility, focuses on lunar science and exploration, complete with tours, presentations and a lunch with NASA scientists, tons of hands-on activities, pedagogical discussions about how effectively to share lunar science with your students – and more! The workshop is free, and they have a limited number of $500 stipends for those who need financial assistance to participate (available on a first-come, first-served basis to those in need).

All pre-service and in-service grade 6–9 science teachers are encouraged to apply!

More information about the workshop and a link to the applications are available at:


STEM on Station – Find Out What It’s Like to Live Like an Astronaut

What is it like to live and work in space? How do astronauts brush their teeth, eat breakfast, and sleep aboard the International Space Station? Check out the “Day in the Life” series, which showcases astronauts answering these pressing questions!


Learn more about this exciting opportunity and other ways you can bring the space station into your classroom by visiting NASA’s STEM on Station website. While you are there, stop by and learn more about the yearlong mission and how it is helping us on our #JourneytoMars. Opportunities, resources and more await at this station-focused site!

To check out the website, visit


Tweets of the Week


It's a death sentence for honeybees


Get ready! Upcoming Total Solar on 3/8. Crew is heading to tiny island to live broadcast worldwide!


Engineering, National Park, and Investigating Evidence Freebies with NGSS Connections

Engineering in the Classroom:

an instructor guide from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has videos and supporting text for grades K–12 illustrating how real-world engineering at the space agency can be applied to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The National Park Service's kid-friendly video series Everglades Mountains and Valleys:

features seven main habitats within the park; lesson plans for grades K–9 that support the NGSS are included.

Investigating Evidence:

a curriculum from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's BirdSleuth program that supports the Common Core and NGSS, helps teachers guide students in grades 4–12 in making observations, collecting and graphing data, drawing meaningful conclusions, and sharing their work.


Announcing Launch of New NGSS Website

The NGSS website,, has a brand new look and more levels of utility. The revamped website has a host of new features for parents, teachers, school administrators, and other advocates of the NGSS. 

To date, 17 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the NGSS as their state science standards.  The previous site was created to share information with the public on how the new science standards were being developed.

The new site provides tools and resources that help educators as they implement the standards in classrooms.  The site offers a more user-friendly layout, extensive search features for all resources, and additional functionality to access content including the NGSS appendices and performance expectations. You will also be able to find:

  • Classroom tools for teachers
  • An explanation of 3-dimensional learning
  • Resources to help administrators support NGSS in the classroom
  • Evidence Statements and how to use them

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