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June, 2015
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 – Everyday Life Science Mysteries

    2. What is Science Matters?

  3. Michigan Science Standards / K-12 Framework for Science Education / Next Generation Science Standards

    1. Feedback Wanted: NGSS Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for Alignment (PEEC-Alignment)

    2. Professional Learning for K12 Science Education Facilitators

    3. Put NGSS Into Action

  4. Information for Students (and Parents too!)

    1. Future Engineers: 3-D Space Container Challenge for K-12 Students

    2. Edison Innovation Foundation

    3. Upcoming Deadlines

  5. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

    1. MAEP Environmental Education Awards (K-12)

    2. Free STEM Institute Workshop in Ohio (5-12)

    3. Hope College Free Summer Courses (7-12)

    4. Champion Creatively Active Elementary Children from Crayola/NAESP (K-6)

    5. Dream Big Teacher Challenge (K-12)

    6. Nominations for the Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award (K-12)

    7. Upcoming Deadlines

  6. STEM Specific Resources

    1. Does Your Child’s School Have a Quality STEM Program?

    2. The Science Behind Real Life STEM Careers

  7. Information for K-12 Teachers

    1. BioBlitz – Michigan

    2. Ford Family Free Day at the Michigan Science Center on June 20

    3. Netflix Acquires Bill Nye the Science Guy

    4. Center for Student Work – Online Collection of Exemplary Student Projects

    5. Travel to Paris with Climate Generation

    6. Crayfish Survey

    7. Next Session of Seminars on Science – American Museum of Natural History Seminars

    8. Upcoming Deadlines

  8. Ideas from the Twitterverse

  9. Information for High School Teachers

    1. Transform Your Teaching of Biology – National Workshop in Michigan

    2. Upcoming Deadlines

  10. Information for Middle School Teachers

    1. Future City Competition for 6-8 Students

  11. Information for Elementary School Teachers

    1. Eleven Reasons to Take Children Outside

  12. Science Humor – Jokes Submitted by Students

  13. May Contest Winners

  14. June Contest – Win a $10 Panera Gift Card

Here are your science education resources and announcements for June, 2015 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

 “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Abraham Lincoln

Thank you to Herm Boatin, Science Consultant, for contributing this leadership quote.


The Science Matters Network In Michigan


2a. Another Free Gift for You in the NSTA Learning Center – Everyday Life Science Mysteries

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 “Everyday Life Science Mysteries.” To access just visit:

Resources include:

  • Dried Apples

  • Frosty Morning

  • Here’s the Crusher

  • Iced Tea

  • Master Gardener

  • Theory Behind the Book

  • Worms Are for More Than Bait

  • 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. 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:


Michigan Science Standards / K-12 Framework for Science Education / Next Generation Science Standards


3a. Feedback Wanted: NGSS Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for Alignment (PEEC-Alignment)

The first draft of the NGSS Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for Alignment (PEEC-Alignment):

is ready for public review. PEEC-Alignment will help developers and reviewers of instructional materials answer the question "do the materials contain or exhibit the essential features of a program aligned to the NGSS innovations?" Educators, Administrators, Publishers, and Curriculum Materials Developers are all encouraged to review and provide feedback on this draft of the NGSS PEEC-Alignment by visiting this page by July 1, 2015. After that time, the document will be revised based on the feedback received. 


3b. Professional Learning for K12 Science Education Facilitators

The Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network project, TESLA, is focused on developing leadership and capacity around Framework-aligned teaching for all areas of Michigan. It is their hope that through these initial projects and then moving into subsequent years, they can support all teachers in Michigan having similar professional learning experiences and throughout the state they can increase the level and types of conversations they have around science teaching and learning.

One important project within the TESLA project is NGSX. You might have heard about this nationally recognized project. The MMSCN is facilitating the opportunity for 70 Michigan Science Leaders to become facilitators of these materials! They are lucky enough to be contracting with Brian Reiser, Jean Moon, and Sarah Michaels on this effort and would love for you to think about how this work might benefit your region!

Please read the descriptions carefully, in the flyer link, and send Mary Starr: any questions you might have. The link to the registration forms is on the flyer. If you aren’t interested in any of these options, please feel free to pass this information on to other science leaders you know. Remember to think about leaders broadly - higher education, informal and non-formal (museums, extension service, etc).

You can easily connect to additional information through this link:


3c. Put NGSS Into Action

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has released a number of innovative new resources that will help science educators and leaders nationwide put the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K–12 Science Education into action. The resources include Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner, the first interactive ebook on the NGSS, complete with its own unit planner; NGSS-supported instructional resources vetted by an expert team of curators; and a series of videos showcasing NGSS-based teaching in action. The Enhanced E-books guide educators through a series of activities, simulations, videos, reflection activities, and assessments that explore numerous topics, including the vision and history of the standards; the three dimensions of the NGSS (science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts); integration of the three dimensions; and translation of the NGSS into classroom instruction. Discover the NGSS provides up to 40 hours of self-paced interactive learning and can be accessed online via any browser on a PC, Mac, or Chromebook and offline via the NSTA Reader app on the 10.1-inch iPad and Android tablet. A highlight of this ebook is the Unit Planner that allows teachers, school leaders, and others to plan NGSS-supported units of study. The tool leads educators through a step-by-step process helping them organize their thinking and understanding about how a unit of study can be developed utilizing curricula they may have used in the past. The end result is a printable document of teacher-generated lesson ideas that are cohesive and meet the needs of both teachers and students. Please visit:


Information for Students (and Parents too!)


4a. Future Engineers: 3-D Space Container Challenge for K-12 Students

Audience: K-12 Educators and Students

Entry Deadline: Aug. 2, 2015

Category: Student Competitions

NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging K-12 students to create a model of a container for space using 3-D modeling software. Astronauts need containers of all kinds -- from advanced containers for studying fruit flies to simple containers for collecting Mars rocks or storing an astronaut's food. The ability to 3-D print containers in space will let humans venture farther into space. That's why they are challenging students to design for space now. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. Please visit:


4b. Edison Innovation Foundation

Imagine three great men having a fantasy flight in “the cloud”—Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Orville Wright. As they fly in Orville Wright’s airplane, think of the conversations they might be having about the great inventions and innovations of their time.

The Contest

Win a gift of $100 for first place; $50 second; $25 third. Send us some words, say 150-250, as to which invention had the most impact on the world … the light bulb; the airplane; or theory of relativity. Contest closes on June 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Email to enter.


4c. 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 15, 2015: Deadline to enter the Edison Innovation Foundation writing contest. Email to enter 

June 23-25, 2015: G3: Grandparents, Grandkids and Grand Valley, at Grand Valley State University. Please visit:

August 2, 2015: Future Engineers: 3-D Space Container Challenge for K-12 Students. Please visit:

August 14, 2015: Deadline for K-12 students to enter the Birthsleuth Youth Writing and Art Contest. Please visit:

October 1, 2015: Deadline for students to enter the Save the Frogs art contest. Please visit:


Grants and Opportunities For K-12 Teachers


5a. MAEP Environmental Education Awards

Environmental education is important to the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP)! MAEP provides continuing education on current environmental issues by hosting Professional Development Meetings throughout the year for its members.

In addition to these educational initiatives for the practicing environmental professional, MAEP extends its environmental education initiatives to other areas, such as K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and community organizations by awarding Environmental Education Grants. The Environmental Education Grants are funded by proceeds from the MAEP Annual Golf Outing. Each year, MAEP awards multiple grants. On average the MAEP grant fund has awarded $10,000 to $15,000 per year in grants. These grants are awarded for programs that provide environmental education through school curricula or through community groups and/or environmental organizations.

MAEP seeks to fully fund environmental education projects, therefore a typical grant is usually between $200 and $2,500.

Grant recipients have used these funds to support practical applications to solve environmental problems, or to collect data to analyse and better understand environmental issues.

The 2015 MAEP Grant application can be downloaded at: and is due by September 30, 2015.


5b. Free STEM Institute Workshop in Ohio for Grade 5-12 Teachers

As a teacher in the Great Lakes region of the U.S.: you might be interested in this free STEM Institute workshop to learn about the quality of Lake Erie.

When: 27-31 July 2015

Where: University of Toledo Lake Erie Center in Oregon, Ohio

Who: Science, Mathematics, Technology teachers (for grades 5-12)


  • Become a GLOBE teacher

  • Receive Professional Development on water quality observing techniques and science, geospacial technologies, and project-based science that are aligned with Ohio STEM content standards.

  • Receive water testing equipement for your classroom.

Contact GLOBE teacher Mikell Lynne Hedley, for more information.


5c. Hope College FREE Summer Courses

HOPE COLLEGE invites you to one of three free summer workshops to immerse your students in field research in preparation for the new Michigan Science Standards. Earn continuing education credits! Develop lesson plans for your classroom! Get access to a lending-library of equipment for your own classroom

Molecular Modeling

June 22-26

Computational science and modeling (CSM) has become a critical element in essentially all fields of science. Researchers no longer think about experiment and theory as two sides of discovery, but rather experiment, theory, and computational modeling as three pillars that support progress in science. We will provide you with the experience you need to employ CSM in chemistry (i.e. molecular modeling) in a way that addresses multiple National and State Science Standards.

Field Studies Using Digital Panoramas

July 6-10

This workshop prepares high school teachers to set up a field site and monitor it with their students using digital photos. The methods can be used in a wide variety of field studies in biology, geology, and environmental science. The workshop focuses on an ongoing project where students are using digital photos to monitor changes in sand dunes, as an example of how teachers might help students develop their own local sites of interest in preparation for meeting Next Generation Science Standards.

Air Quality Measurement

July 13-14

How does air quality vary in your home, neighborhood and throughout the day? Lead students in building an air quality sensor and learning to take and interpret air quality data. The workshop will refine the curricular materials, discuss issues of scaling up the project, develop additional project ideas and make additional connections with community partners.

Register at:


5d. Champion Creatively Active Elementary Children from Crayola/NAESP

In collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Crayola offers an annual grant program, Crayola/NAESP Champion Creatively Alive Children. The program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Up to 20 grants will be available from Crayola to help educators explore “what if ...” opportunities to develop a school creative leadership team that focuses on increasing arts-infused education school wide. Preference will be given to applications that emphasize innovation, collaboration, sustainability, and leadership. The school will receive $2,500 to implement the project and $1,000 worth of Crayola products.

Deadline: June 22, 2015, at midnight (ET). Please visit:


5e. Dream Big Teacher Challenge for K-12 Teachers

Are you a teacher with a big dream that has the potential to impact the lives of the children and families in your school and community? Is funding the only thing standing between you and the realization of that dream? Farmers Insurance Thank America’s Teachers invites K–12 teachers to step up to the $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge and submit their proposal for one of six grants of up to $100,000.

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Please visit:


5f. Nominations for the Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award

In conjunction with the Seaman Mineral Museum, the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA) is proudly promoting the Charles A Salotti Earth Science Education Award. If you know of a deserving museum or K-12 through university level educator who has gone beyond the classroom to promote Earth Science to a larger community of learners, please nominate that person for this award. The recipient will receive $500 and a lifetime membership to the Seaman Mineral Museum and will be recognized at MESTA's Fall Conference. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2015.

Eligible Awardees: Current and past Michigan educators and professional museum staff in the broad area of Earth Science (secondary schools, community college, university) who have demonstrated excellence in informal education and/or mentoring.

Nominations: are welcome from members of MESTA, school administrators, teachers, former students, and other professional staff from museums or libraries. Up to one winner per year will be selected by MESTA, please contact Chuck Schepke at: for more information or directly link to nomination forms at


5g. 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:

June 22, 2015: Deadline to apply for the Crayola/NAESP Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant for Elementary Students. Please visit:

June 30, 2015: Deadline to apply for the Dream Big Teacher Challenge for K-12 Teachers. Please visit:

July 1, 2015: Deadline to nominate an earth science educator for the Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award. Please visit:

July 17, 2015: Deadline to apply for a 2015 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award. Please visit:

July 27 – 31, 2015: Free STEM Institute on the Quality of Lake Erie for 5-12 Teachers. Contact GLOBE teacher Mikell Lynne Hedley, for more information.

August 15, 2015: Deadline for new middle and high school teachers to apply for the NSTA New Teacher Academy. Please visit:

August 28, 2015: Deadline for middle school teachers to apply for the Fabulous Lab Makeover. Please visit:

September 30, 2015: Deadline to apply for the Michigan Association of Environmental Professional’s Education Grants. Please visit:


STEM Specific Resources


6a. Does Your Child’s School Have a Quality STEM Program

Parents and community leaders should focus on initiatives to determine the extent to which efforts are based on what research shows will increase STEM knowledge and problem-solving skills. Read more here:


6b. The Science Behind Real Life STEM Careers

Wrap up the school year with engaging classroom instruction tools that will open your students eyes to the science that drives amazing STEM careers with Navy STEM for the Classroom! Lesson plans from the Navy incorporate a variety of videos, online tools and animations to help students explore STEM concepts through real life Navy careers such as nuclear propulsion engineer, pilot and even robotics technician.

Students can explore the science used to build a firefighting robot using the Robotics & Future Technology lesson, explore Boyle's Law using the Science of Diving materials, apply the physics of flight with the Jets in Flight lesson, and much more!

Download 8 interactive lesson plan PPTs and PDFs

Hear firsthand about a day in the life of a Navy Officer

Play the Navy Proving Grounds widget as part of the classroom instruction

Watch the Navy PSA video

Please visit:


Information for K-12 Science Teachers


7a. A Project as Big as the World Itself Begins with You – BioBlitz, Michigan

University Center Gaylord will host a one-day BioBlitz to participate in National Geographic’s Great Nature Project on Saturday July 25, 2015 from 9:00am until 3:00pm. This nature festival will bring together adults and children of all ages, Michigan’s scientists, along with many environmental organization members who will scour Treetops Project Nature’s wetlands, old growth forest, ponds and the Sturgeon River to uncover the rich biodiversity of the area.

By participating with National Geographic’s Great Nature Project for this BioBlitz, biodiversity in Michigan will get a boost in attention as people from around the world view and comment on the photos.

Professionals from Central Michigan University, Dow, Michigan Geographic Alliance, Department of Environmental Quality, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Huron Pines, Americorps, National Weather Service, MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, NE MI Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and Otsego County Historical Society will have special activity stations, with displays and resources for hands-on exploration. Participants who complete each of the stations will receive a pin and the title “Citizen Scientist”.

People can join in the fun for an hour or two, or spend the entire day exploring Project Nature, with optional luncheon available and ordered at the time of registration. The cost for the event is $10 per individual and $35 for family. Visit: for more information and to register for this unique event.


7b. Ford Family Free Day at the Michigan Science Center on June 20

In celebration of the hard work you have put in throughout the school year, The Michigan Science Center is pleased to announce that Ford Motor Company will be sponsoring a FREE Family Day on June 20. All guests will receive free general admission, including access to their hands-on exhibits and live shows. 

With an educator ID, teachers will receive a free gift in the front lobby. Teachers can also to enter to win a field trip for next school year. 

Stop by Kids Town to write letters or draw pictures about your family's favorite teacher. Visit Centennial Lab to participate in hands-on activities and take home accompanying lesson plans that you can try in your classroom! For more information, please visit:


7c. Netflix Acquires Bill Nye the Science Guy

Fans of Bill Nye the Science Guy can now find the series—at least, part of it — streaming online. Twenty years after the Disney-owned science show first aired on television, Netflix has picked up 31 episodes, all available immediately.


7d. Center for Student Work – Online Collection of Exemplary Student Projects

The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) has launched the Center for Student Work, an online collection of exemplary student projects. A collaborative project between HGSE and K–12 education nonprofit Expeditionary Learning (EL), this free resource includes videos, writing samples, and other work designed to provide teachers with foundations on which to create their own projects. The searchable collection includes projects in English language arts, health and wellness, mathematics, performing arts, science and technology, social studies, visual arts, and world languages. Along with the launch of the center, HGSE and EL are bringing together leaders from schools of education, school leaders, and policymakers to address what standards look like when met with integrity, depth, and imagination; and how deeper, richer dialogues about state standards can occur, particularly what they mean and look like in actual student work. Please visit:


7e. Travel to Paris with Climate Generation

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is excited to announce a unique opportunity for educators to participate in the UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris, France November 30-December 11, 2015!

Educators that are selected will join thousands of individuals from around the world in observing UN climate change negotiations. In addition to the official UN events, there will be side events, a People’s Climate Conference and other events hosted by the NGO community and city of Paris to attend. Educators that apply will be eligible to attend the official negotiations or NGO events based on quotas provided by the UN this fall.

If you are an educator and interested in applying for this opportunity please visit the Climate Generation website:

for more information and requirements to apply. Applications due by June 17, 2015. Your application does not guarantee selection, nor does it bind you to attending. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by June 20 and need to accept invitation by July 1, 2015. A current passport is required to apply.


7f. Crayfish Survey

Kelley Smith is currently a master's student working on research with MSU and the MDNR concerning the potential invasion of crayfish species in Michigan. One of the species he is studying in particular is the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii). As part of his research he is looking at possible entry vectors for red swamp crayfish into Michigan's wetlands and waterways. He is aware that some teachers might use crayfish as teaching tools for scientific inquiry, ecology, biology, and sometimes as class pets. He would like to ask teachers a few questions regarding their use of crayfish in the classroom, or include questions in an already circulating survey?

Questions might include:

Do you use crayfish as a teaching tool in your classroom?

What are the crayfish used for?

What do you do with crayfish after they are used in the classroom? (Might include multiple choice options here)

Where do you get your crayfish?

Do you know what species of crayfish you use in the classroom?

If you can help Kelley out, please email him at:


7g. Next Session of Seminars on Science – American Museum of Natural History Seminars

Your most exciting summer ever, no passport required: The American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science online graduate courses take your topic knowledge to new places and give you rich new content for your classroom. Six-week courses starting July 6th include The Brain: Structure, Function and Evolution; Climate Change; The Diversity of Fishes; Earth: Inside and Out; Evolution; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Ocean System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more. Registration ends June 22nd.

Earn graduate credit and save $50 when you register with code SCIENCEMATTERS. Plus, save an additional $50 for a total savings of $100. Learn more at:


7h. 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:

January 1 – December 31, 2015: The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. Please visit:

June 15, 2015: Deadline to register to present at the MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference at Cousino High School in Warren, MI. Please visit:

June 17, 2015: Deadline to apply to travel with Climate Generation. Please visit:

June 20, 2015: Ford Family FREE Day at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, MI. Please visit:

June 22 – 26, 2015: Five Day Ecology Workshop at the Detroit Zoo. Please visit:

July 25, 2015: BioBlitz at the University Center in Gaylord, MI. Please visit:

October 9 - 10, 2015: Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association Annual Conference at Okemos High School in Okemos, MI. Please visit:

November 7, 2015: MDSTA / DACTM Fall Conference at Cousino High School in Warren, MI. Please visit:

November 18, 2015: Fall Science Update at the GVSU Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus. Please visit:

March 3 – 5, 2016: MSTA 63rd Annual Conference in Lansing, MI. Please visit:

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




8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

NOAA's Ocean Service


DYK that 95% of the ocean is still unexplored?




Female #STEM role models are incredibly important. Meet 12 who just broke the glass ceiling.


NASA Climate


#NASA's next #Earth mission will continue a long record of space borne #sealevel measurements:


Jamie Forshey @edutech20 26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter for Teachers & Educators Infographic

#edtech #elearning


Minnesota Sea Grant


Don't release your pets into the wild! Learn how to "Get A Habitattitude" with this 2-minute video:


How Things Work


How Porpoises have fun:


greg ceithaml

@gceithaml “Negativity limits performance. Be resolute and success will follow.”



@NASA Sci-fi says people traveling in space age slower. Worms from @Space_Station may help us know:


Neil deGrasse TysonVerified account


Yup. “The Good Thing About Science…” is now on a Tee-shirt:

NASA Earth


15 Ways NASA Earth Science Benefits You

By @DrShepherd2013 for @wunderground


Information for High School Science Teachers


9a. Transform Your Teaching of Biology - National Workshop in Michigan

Ready to Transform your Teaching of Biology?

Top Ten Reasons to participate in a Regional Teacher Academy at Michigan State University this summer:

10. Registration fee includes NABT Membership, breakfast daily, an evening reception, a brewery tour, and celebration dinner

9. Focus on integrating the 7 science practices (College Board/NGSS)

8. Enhance your current curriculum to better reflect the big ideas and unifying concepts of Biology

7. Practice scaffolding levels of inquiry into your courses

6. Explore biology curriculum building and teaching practices

5. Assemble a toolbox of formative assessment strategies

4. Build a network of support for excellence in teaching

3. Program developed in partnership with NABT, BSCS, HHMI, and CSET

2. Work collaboratively in a lab experience with other teachers

1. Start the year empowered, invigorated, and ready to engage your students


Transform Your Teaching of Biology!

July 19 – 25, 2015 – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Sponsored by hhmi, BioInteractive, NABT and BSCS.


9b. Upcoming Deadlines

July 19 – 25, 2015: Transform Your Teaching of Biology Workshop, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Please visit:


Information for Middle School Science Teachers


10a. Future City Competition for 6-8 Students

The Future City Competition is a cross-curricular educational program where students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Future City is designed to engage students' interest in math, science, and engineering through real-life, practical, and hands-on activities. Registration for the 2015-2016 Future City Competition is open now!

Why now?

They will waive the $25 registration fee for all educators who register before June 15th. If you've never participated in Future City, or haven't participated in a while, you'll get a sneak peek at the exciting program changes and improved educator resources for the upcoming competition. Get a jump start. They'll send you an email announcing this year's theme so you can get planning now!

Why not?

There's no commitment and it's one less thing you'll have to worry about when school starts.

Register now at:

Want more information?

If you have any questions, email Allison Marrs, Future City Program Manager, at, or call 248-353-0735 ext. 121, or visit


Information for Elementary School Science Teachers


11a. Eleven Reasons to Take Children Outdoors

Here are 11 reasons to take the kids outside:

They are calmer outdoors.

They do not have to stay quiet and it is ok to sing loud!

There is more space for big body play.

There is less setup and clean up to be done.

The materials (mud, sticks, rocks, flowers, leaves) are free.

The mud can be hosed off outside before kids come back inside.

Sand and water play lead to an understanding of volume, cause and effect, and use of tools.

There is room to invent new ideas and new worlds.

They learn nature smarts and learn to love the outdoors.

Learning to be gentle with a flower leads to being gentle in other ways.

They learn life lessons:

All living things hatch, sprout or are born, and all things die.


Science Humor


12. Jokes Submitted by Students

Q: What is a tornado’s favorite game to play?

A: Twister


Q: What did the limestone say to the Geologist?

A: Don’t take me for granite.


Q: How do you cut the sea in half?

A: With a see saw!


Q: How do trees get on the internet?

A: They log in.


Q: How can you tell a tree is a dogwood tree?

A: By its bark!


13. May Contest Winners

In May, we gave away three $10 Subway gift cards. Here is a list of the winners

David Meyer, West Michigan Lutheran High School, Wyoming, MI

Michael Berenkowski, Oscoda High School, Oscoda, MI

Kevin Richard, Southport State High School, Southport, Qld (Queensland)

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


14. June Contest – Win a $10 Panera Gift Card

This month we have three great prizes to give away. The prizes are $10 Panera 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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