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June, 2014
Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast

In this E-Blast

  1. Leadership
  2. The Science Matters Network in Michigan
    1. Another FREE Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – Science Journals
    2. Summer Schedule
    3. What is Science Matters?
  3. Next Generation Science Standards
    1. STEM Teaching Tools Aligned with the NGSS
    2. Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS – A Professional Educator’s Guide
  4. Michigan Department of Education
    1. Reminder – Interim Assessment Field Test Registration Now Open
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  5. Information for Students (and Parents too!)
    1. Great American Backyard Campout
    2. MS and HS Science Competition Addressing Climate Change
    3. Upcoming Deadlines
  6. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers
    1. Teacher Workshop Sponsored by Michigan Forest Association on Managing Forests Sustainability
    2. American Meteorological Society Offers FREE Learning Experiences for K-12 Teachers
    3. Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award
    4. Supplement Your Stretched Budget
    5. Upcoming Deadlines
  7. Information for K-12 Teachers
    1. Strategic Plan Needs Survey From NSTA Needs Your Input
    2. Earth Day “Global Selfie” of Earth
    3. Learn to Bird by Ear with “Bird Song Hero” FREE
    4. FREE Summer Online Course Using Technology in Environmental Education
    5. Celebrate World Space Week 2014
    6. Wander, Root, and Grow Learning
    7. See a Different Side of NASA
    8. MIT+K13 Videos Presents Science Out Loud FREE Videos by Scientists For Students
    9. MAEOE Request for Presenters
    10. Upcoming Deadlines
  8. Ideas from the Twitterverse
  9. Information for High School Teachers
    1. Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference
    2. STEM Students and Teachers Invited to Global Connected Vehicle Conference
    3. Upcoming Deadlines
  10. Information for Middle School and High School Teachers
    1. PASCO Apps Are Now FREE
    2. Upcoming Deadlines
  11. Information for Middle School Science Teachers
    1. AAAS Needs Your Feedback on a Green Schools Energy Curriculum
    2. FREE Multidisciplinary Program
  12. Information for Elementary School Teachers
    1. Monthly Lessons – September – May – Science of Birds
    2. Plant the Seeds of Learning
  13. Science Humor Biology Jokes
  14. May Contest Winners
  15. June Contest – Win a $10 Panera Gift Card

Here are your science education resources and announcements for June, 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


Sue Campbell
MSTA Representative

Please Note: If you do not receive the full e-blast you can view it at: or request a Word/pdf version by emailing:


1. Leadership

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank you to Herm Boatin, Science consultant and lecturer, University of Michigan-Dearborn, for contributing this leadership quote.


The Science Matters Network In Michigan


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 “Journals.” To access just visit:

Resources include:

  • A Laboratory of Words

  • A Menu of Options

  • Clues to the Past

  • Interactive Reflective Logs

  • Making Meaning with Notebooks

  • A Foolproof Tool

  • 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: and an invitation will be sent directly to you.


2b. Summer Schedule

My apologies for the delay in the Michigan Science Matters eBlast. Sadly, my mom passed away on May 13, 2014 and it has taken me awhile to kind of “catch up” on life. Plans are to have one eBlast in June, one in July, one in August, then back to our regular schedule in September. Thanks for your understanding.


2c. 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:


Next Generation Science Standards


3a. STEM Teaching Tools Aligned with the NGSS

The STEM Teaching Tools web site is coming in July. It will include teaching resources for STEM education -- specifically focused on Next Generation Science Standards initially. Get ready to take a look at:

Central to the site will be a set of “Practice Briefs.” Two of the first to be released will be:

  • Are there multiple instructional models that fit with the science and engineering practices in NGSS?

  • Is it important to distinguish between the explanation and argumentation practices in the classroom?

Don’t forget to check out this website in July.


3b. Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS – A Professional Educator’s Guide

NSTA's latest publication—Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide—is the subject of an insightful blog post:

targeted to PD providers. Author Eric Brunsell discusses the professional development approach he and his colleagues use to help teachers understand the NGSS more deeply while simultaneously exploring curricular issues. In Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide, Brunsell and his co-authors offer practical ways to introduce the structure of the NGSS, model activities and protocols to deepen understanding of all three dimensions, processes for using "backwards design" principles for developing rich instructional units, and much more. The book is available at:


Michigan Department of Education


4a. Reminder – Interim Assessment Field Test Registration Now Open

Schools are invited to register to participate in the Fall 2014 Interim Assessment Field Test. Districts may have several schools participate but each school must register with a separate application. Interim assessments will be field tested in the content areas of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades K, 1, and 2, as well as high school science (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) and social studies (US History & Geography, World History & Geography, Civics, and Economics). This field test is an important part of the test development process as we plan to provide interim assessments operationally in the 2015-16 school year.

Technology considerations: Schools may use Windows or Mac desktops and laptops to administer the field test assessments. Additionally, MDE is seeking schools to pilot the field tests on devices such as iPads, Chromebooks, and Windows 8 tablets (non-touch). Details regarding the minimum requirements for each device type is provided in the Michigan Testing Device Requirements document.

To participate in the Fall 2014 Interim Assessment Field Test, please complete the registration survey for each school at:

Additional notes regarding the Fall 2014 Interim Assessment Field Test:

  • The ELA and mathematics interim assessments for grades K, 1, and 2 are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

  • The science and social studies interim assessments are aligned to Michigan’s current High School Content Expectations (HSCEs).

  • The test window is September 15, 2014 through October 17, 2014. Schools may administer the field test assessments any time within this five-week test window.

More information about the Michigan Interim Assessments may be found at


4b. Upcoming Deadlines

MDE Websites of Interest




Interim Assessments:,4615,7-140-22709_63192---,00.html

Michigan Merit Examination:,4615,7-140-22709_35150---,00.html

Michigan School Scorecards:,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:


Information for Students (and Parents too!)


5a. Great American Backyard Campout

The 2014 Great American Backyard Campout will take place on Saturday, June 28! This year, we’ve set a goal of getting more than 200,000 people across the country to camp out. Don’t be left out – visit:


5b. MS and HS Science Competition Addressing Climate Change

TERC, a nonprofit R&D organization focused on STEM education, has launched Innovate to Mitigate,

a competition for middle and high school students to design a method for combating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Give your students a chance to design and test a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Projects can relate to chemistry, environmental science, social science, behavior change. Interdisciplinary teams of students are welcome!

Students will be challenged and excited, and satisfied that they can make a difference in addressing climate change.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goal of the competition is to engage teams of students in project-based learning either in or outside the classroom as they design and test a prototype that reduces CO2, choosing any area of science or engineering, and demonstrate that it is effective. At the end, they will create a video and poster presentation for an online conference. Scientists will judge the presentations; $1,000 in prizes will be awarded.

The deadline for application is JULY 1st, but space is limited in this first pilot of the competition to 20 teams, so it will be first-come, first-served. The competition will close in December (2014).


5c. 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:

June 28, 2014: Great American Backyard Campout. Please visit:

June 30, 2014: Deadline for K-12 Students to enter the NASA Exploration Design Challenge. Please visit:

July 1, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Students to enter TERC’s Innovate to Mitigate Competition. Please visit:

September 30, 2014: Deadline to send your name to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu. Please visit:


Grants and Opportunities For K-12 Teachers


6a. Teacher Workshop Sponsored by Michigan Forest Association on Managing Forests Sustainability

Teachers! Learn about the multiple benefits of sustainable forest management. Visit managed forests and modern wood-using plants. Teacher Workshop sponsored by Michigan Forest Association -- "Managing Forests Sustainably: An Introduction to Forestry"

Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Roscommon, MI
July 28-August 1, 2014
3 SB CEUs from Michigan State University
$100 for the Week! Your total cost.

For more information:
Bill Botti
Executive Director,
Michigan Forest Association

Send $100*, payable to Michigan Forest Association.
Please include your name(s), mailing address and email or phone number.
Fee covers lodging, meals and materials.

Mail registration to:
Michigan Forest Association, c/o Bill Botti,
6120 South Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

The cost of this program is generously supported by the Michigan Chapter, Society of American Foresters, Michigan Forest Foundation and other sponsors.


6b. American Meteorological Society Offers FREE Learning Experiences for K-12 Teachers

Three on-line courses for teachers are currently available: one on meteorology, one on the Earth’s climate system, and a physical oceanography course. In each case the courses run about 13 weeks: once in fall (September – early December) and repeated in spring (end of January – April). Each week a different topic is addressed (through readings, on-line presentations, and activities). The amount of time varies from teacher to teacher due to different levels of prior knowledge. But participants say you should expect to put in 4 to 6 hours a week. Textbook, lab activities, extensive web site, some supplies, and three graduate credits are all FREE for teachers accepted into the class. There are a limited number of slots for teachers each semester. Interested teachers are encouraged to apply early.

Two things are required of teachers signing up for a course: (1) They are expected to participate fully, doing all they can to finish the course. [Teachers who start the course but drop out early have kept some other teacher from taking the class.] (2) Teachers are also asked to write a lesson plan to share some content of the course with students. They also hope you will share some of the course with other teachers.

Here are more details about the courses:

Climate Course (Climate in the Earth System): This course identifies the factors that determine and define climate. The connections are made between climate and solar input, temperature, humidity, precipitation, and severe storms. Methods of measurement and modeling of climate, both recent and ancient, are discussed. The question of global climate change is discussed in the context of science research. The course web site is:

The application form can be found at:

Weather Course (DataStreme Atmosphere): Basic concepts of meteorology are the focus of this course. They include separate chapters on weather measurements and tools, composition of the atmosphere, heat and temperature, air pressure, humidity, clouds and precipitation, wind, air circulation, air masses and fronts, hazardous storms, and weather forecasting. To find out more about his course, go to:

An application form is found at:

Ocean Course (DataStreme Ocean): This is primarily a physical oceanography course which includes, among other things, physical and chemical properties of water, ocean plate tectonics, currents, tides, ocean-atmosphere interactions, basic marine ecology, and the role of the ocean in climate. To find out more go to this web site:

An application form is found at:

In Michigan, you can submit your applications to:

Dave Chapman 2637 Raphael East Lansing, MI 48823 Voice: (w) 517- 706-4886; (h) 517 - 332-8123; (c) 517 - 599-3326 Fax: 517-351-9786 Email: OR


6c. Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award

Apply for a 2014 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award if you have designed or implemented an innovative project, for example by replacing or reducing a hazardous substance, reducing resource use, enhancing recyclability, or designing a safer chemical product or process.

* The Award Program is open to individuals, groups, and organizations in Michigan, both nonprofit and for profit, including industry, academia, education, and advocates.

* A green chemistry technology can be an entirely new chemical product or process or an improvement on an existing product or process.

* Green chemistry improves upon all types of chemical products and processes by reducing their impacts on human health and the environment relative to competing technologies. Benefits to human health and the environment may occur at any point in the technology’s lifecycle: feedstock, synthesis, use, and ultimate fate.

Nominations are due by July 18, 2014.

View the full nomination packet at:


6d. Supplement Your Stretched Budget

GetEdFunding is a free and fresh website sponsored by CDW•G to help educators and institutions find the funds they need in order to supplement their already stretched budgets. GetEdFunding hosts a collection of more than 2,400 (and growing) grants and other funding opportunities culled from federal, state, regional and community sources and available to public and private, preK–12 educators, schools and districts, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations that work with them. GetEdFunding offers customized searches by six criteria, including 43 areas of focus, eight content areas and any of the 21st century themes and skills that support your curriculum. After registering on the site, you can save the grant opportunities of greatest interest and then return to them at any time. This rich resource of funding opportunities is expanded, updated and monitored daily. Please visit:


6e. 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:

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

Last Day of the Months of May, June, September, October and November, 2014: Binoculars for Young Citizen Scientists. Please visit:

July 1, 2014: Deadline to nominate for the Outstanding Michigan Earth Science Teacher Award. Please visit:

July 18, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Michigan Green Chemistry Awards. Please visit:

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:

September 30, 2014: Deadline for teachers to apply for the MAEP Environmental Education Grants. Please visit:


Information for K-12 Science Teachers


7a. Strategic Plan Needs Survey from NSTA Needs Your Input

Every five years, NSTA examines its Strategic Goals to evaluate their progress and identify new directions for the organization. They reach out to members and other constituencies through focus groups and surveys. Please take a few moments to go through this survey and tell them what you think are the most important areas to focus NSTA’s collective energy. The survey can be found at:


7b. Earth Day “Global Selfie” of Earth

On Earth Day this year, NASA asked people all around the world to answer the simple question "Where are you on Earth Right Now?" with a selfie. The Earth Day Global Selfie page received thousands of images from all over the world. Each picture was then used as a pixel in the creation of a "Global Selfie" - a mosaic image of Earth from Space.

On May 22, NASA released the finished product. The image was built using 36,422 individual photos:

You can zoom in to view the individual portraits that have formed this remarkable image.


7c. Learn to Bird by Ear with “Bird Song Hero” FREE

Learning bird songs is a key birding skill. The all About Bird Biology team developed Bird Song Hero. This fun game puts the visual side of your brain to work, asking you to match the song you’re hearing to one of three visual representations of the sound. With more than 50 songs featured, you might just end up with a catchy song stuck in your head. Try out Bird Song Hero, by visiting:


7d. FREE Summer Online Course Using Technology in Environmental Education

New Summer Course Begins June 16th! "Using Technology in Environmental Education" is an 8-week (self-paced) online course designed to get you up and running with technologies you can use immediately in your organization and environmental programs. Choose the technologies you want to learn. You can focus on mobile and non-mobile tools to enhance your education programs, or focus on social media apps for marketing your programs. Or you can focus on both! The course is free, funded by EPA. For more information and registration:


7e. Celebrate World Space Week 2014

Imagine an entire week of space-themed activities to enhance learning. Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 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 Oct. 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


7f. Wander, Root, and Grow Learning

Tinybop’s PLANTS app for the iPad and iPhone lets students unearth the secrets of the green kingdom and investigate an interactive diorama of the world’s biomes. Students begin in the forest and the desert, where they will burrow with badgers, spark a wildfire and spin through seasons and time. They will see how flora and fungi germinate, pollinate and decompose. They can easily switch between text labels in 50+ languages, including scientific names in Latin. A recording tool lets students leave questions and messages for one another, and a universal dashboard allows you to follow, save and share conversations with students. Cost: $1.99, but if you buy the app now, you’ll get the next two biomes—tundra and grasslands—for free when they’re released.


7g. See a Different Side of NASA

Celebrated artists translate NASA’s mission “to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown” into stunning images. The NASA Art Program began in 1962 and enlisted some of the era’s greatest visual artists across various disciplines and backgrounds in conveying to the public the Space Agency’s cutting-edge research in ways more vibrant and less sterile than research reports. Among the images found in NASA’s Flickr Commons archive are artworks by such legends as Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell and Annie Leibovitz. The art was featured in a Smithsonian traveling exhibition celebrating NASA’s 50th anniversary in 2008 and was subsequently collected in NASA/ART – 50 Years of Exploration, featuring an afterword by Ray Bradbury, champion of space exploration. To make the collaborations as powerful and authentic as possible, NASA gave the participating artists unprecedented access to the agency’s facilities and, in some cases, even lent them prized equipment to ensure true-to-life portrayal.

To view NASA and the Arts, please visit:

To view the NASA/Arts Gallery, please visit:


7h. MIT+K13 Videos Presents Science Out Loud FREE Videos By Students For Students

The mission of MIT+K12 Videos is to use MIT's unique resources to inspire the inner scientist in all learners. MIT+K12 Videos are made for students by students. Current MIT students write and host webisodes about their favorite STEM topic that entertain, engage, and educate, and show a side of science different from what you might find in a textbook. Webisodes focus on everything from the physics of invisibility cloaks to motor control in humanoid robots, hosted by MIT students who showcase a diverse set of interests, personalities, and backgrounds and who are relatable and fun.

Episodes go up on YouTube and TechTV on Mondays, along with an accompanying episode page. Check out more at:


7i. MAEOE Request for Presenters

MAEOE is seeking presenters, field trip leaders, and Share-A-Thon participants for the 2014 conference. This year’s conference will be held from October 10-12, 2014. Their theme is “STREAMing through Environmental and Outdoor Education: Integrating Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math.” The location this year is the fabulous Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, Michigan (on the north shore of Higgins Lake).

They are very excited about the opportunities this venue has to offer - plenty of room and a variety of settings for presentations and field trips - and we hope you can be a part of the conference!

You are invited to submit a presentation proposal today! (Don't let the June 30th deadline sneak up on you!) Simply visit:


7j. 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:

June 30, 2014: Deadline to apply to present at the MAEOE Conference. Please visit:

August 12 – 16, 2014: MESTA (Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association) Annual Conference, in Alpena, MI. Please visit:

October 4 – 10, 2014: World Space Week. Please visit:

November 8, 2014: MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference at Woodhaven HS in Woodhaven, MI. Please visit:

February 26 – 28, 2015: MSTA Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:




8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

InsideClimate News@insideclimate

Green States & Black States: Obama's Climate Plan Paints U.S. in New Colors, @jackcushmanjr reports:


#HappyBirthday DSV Alvin, you've seen a lot over 50 yrs in the deep - even octopus attack! #Alvin50 photo from @NOAA

350 dot org @350

TransCanada is about to lose a crucial permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota. No permit, no pipeline.

The Climate Group@ClimateGroup

Quick Fact: Solar price in India falls 60% in 3 years #CleanRevolution #infographic


On avg, how many tornadoes does your state see per year? #TornadoClimatology

Jim McDonald@jimscienceguy

This is why children need science in school! This is a great invention. Please share and comment.


GVSU studies honey bee decline

Nature Conservancy@nature_org

The immense, untapped potential of young women in the natural sciences via @TreeHugger

Dr. Justin Tarte@justintarte

We send kids home with $500 worth of textbooks, but we cringe at the idea of sending them home with a device. #edchat

NOAA Satellites@NOAASatellites

@ONELONEDOLPHIN Directing you to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center:… @NHC_Pacific


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela #sk12

Gary G. Abud, Jr.@MR_ABUD

#michED & MI educators @techsavvyed @JoeVercellino @bushjms @dreambition @ErinMastin make headlines in @detroitnews:


Seawater reacting with CO2 = carbonic acid, which hurts marine life like this pteropod. #OurOcean2014 @NOAA


Information for High School Science Teachers


9a. Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

This year will mark the sixth Michigan “GreenUp” Conference, designed to be a valuable experience for sharing information, networking, and learning. This year’s theme is Cultivating Next Generation Solutions. Green chemistry and engineering are about designing, innovating, and manufacturing what’s next and developing less hazardous, more effective materials, processes, and products. Green chemistry and engineering can help businesses create new markets, reduce costs, increase safety, and gain a competitive edge.

November 12, 2014
Kellogg Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI

For more information, please visit:,4561,7-135-3585_49005-329144--,00.html


9b. STEM Students and Teachers Invited to Global Connected Vehicle Conference

This coming September, Detroit and Michigan will host the Intelligent Transportation System World Congress, and annual event that brings nearly 15,000 of the world's technologists together to explore and grow the exciting world of connected and autonomous vehicles. The Square One Education Network is proud to offer free passes for interested high school and college students interested in learning about the potential career opportunities and technologies that are rapidly developing around the world. They are able to offer approximately 1000 passes to teachers and students! All you need to do is follow the registration guidelines and register early! Why? Because the event is happening this September 7-11...right at the start of school! (Sorry...they didn't pick the dates!) This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as this conference will not be returning to Michigan, as it moves to a different continent each year! WOW! They are pleased to lead the charge in bringing youth and their teachers to this exciting technological world.

For some background on the ITS World Congress, including links to that website, go to:

To register your students (must be 16 years of age or older), please go here:

Again, there is no charge when registering through Square One!

The Michigan STEM Partnership is being offered first looks at this. Soon, a much larger promotion will be released. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Karl Klimek 313-590-4000


9c. Upcoming Deadlines

August 3 – 7, 2014: Biennial Conference for Chemistry Teachers at Grand Valley State University. Please visit:

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


Information for Middle School and High School Science Teachers


10a. PASCO Apps Are Now FREE

PASCO is excited to announce that their SPARKvue software is now FREE for iPads and Android tablets! They also have a Chrome book solution that’s unique to the market that offers software at no cost to schools.


10b. Upcoming Deadlines

August 3 – 7, 2014: Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley State University. Please visit:


Information for Middle School Science Teachers


11a. AAAS Needs Your Feedback on a Green Schools Energy Curriculum

AAAS Project 2061 is seeking input from science educators on their interest in a Green Schools Energy curriculum for the middle grades. The Project 2061 research team has developed an outline that describes what a Green Schools Energy course might look like and invites you to review it, provide your comments, and complete a brief online survey. As an incentive, reviewers will become eligible for a drawing to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards.

To participate in the review, please visit:

Reviews are needed by July 7, 2014.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mary Koppal at 202 326 6643 or


11b. FREE Multidisciplinary Program

BSCS Middle School Science provides a variety of ways to help your students meet the Next Generation Science Standards, including opportunities throughout each unit to engage in the practices of science. The program is a student-centered, multidisciplinary science program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, and available from BSCS.

The program comprises the following four units:

* Earth/Space Science

* Life Science

* Physical Science

* Science and Society

They developed BSCS Middle School Science using the most recent research on teaching and learning. The curriculum is available online only and is FREE for classroom use to teachers who agree to provide usability data and complete student pretests and posttests.

Results from their national field tests of BSCS Middle School Science are compelling. All students, including those from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, made statistically significant achievement gains across all units. Visit: to read a full report on research findings.

Visit the BSCS website at: for more information or to sign up: to preview or use the BSCS Middle School Science program in your classroom.


Information for Elementary School Science Teachers


12a. Monthly Lessons – September – May – Science of Birds

Engaging science lessons brought to you by your local birds! Our friends at Pennington Wild Birds are working with schools to educate and engage children and families in citizen science and the pleasures of wild bird feeding and bird watching! A free download perfect for elementary educators is available: these easy-to-use activities will help you teach science content year-round through the birds that visit.

Download free activities at:

View related activities at:


12b. Plant the Seeds of Learning

EAT THINK GROW provides short-term and long-term support for school garden education and farm-to-school programs. When the school garden is planted and growing, learning opportunities about life cycles and living and nonliving things abound. There are observations to be made about diversity in plants and animals and within the environment. There are data to collect, harvests to gather and cooking to do. Select a grade level and use the FREE seasonal activities to help students at K–5 eat, think and grow throughout the year. Please visit:

to access FREE lessons.


Science Humor


13. Science Jokes

Watson: “Holmes, what kind of rock is this?

Holmes: “Why that’s sedimentary, my Dear Watson.”

What did the tectonic plate say to the other tectonic plate when bumping into it?

“Sorry, my fault.”

Did you know you could freeze yourself to -273.15 degrees and still be 0K?

What’s an astronauts favorite key on the keyboard?

The space-bar!


14. May Contest Winners

In March, we gave away two $10 Starbuck’s gift cards. Here is a list of the winners:

Julie Scott, Tri County Area Schools – Bailey, MI

Peter Youngblood, Trenton High School – Trenton, MI

Deb Emerlander, West Kelloggsville Elementary – Wyoming, MI

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


15. June Contest – Win a $10 Panera’s Gift Card

This month we have three great prizes to give away. The prizes are 3 - $10 Panera’s Gift Cards.

To win one of these prizes, send an email to:

David Bydlowski

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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Click on Teachers, and then click on Become a Point of Contact.

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