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Week of March 13, 2016
Science Matters Network in Michigan eBlast

Here are your science education resources and announcements for the week of March 13, 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

March 14, 2016: Deadline for Middle and High School Teachers to apply to participate in the NSF GRACE Project. Learn to use GIS and receive a stipend of $1,100. Online sessions start March 17, 2016.  Please visit:, or email

March 14, 2016: MSTA on Twitter at #MiSciChat from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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 19, 2016: Earth Hour – 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Local Time. Please visit:

March 29, 2016: Deadline for High School Students to apply for the $1000 “You Deserve it Scholarship.” Please visit:

March 31, 2016: Deadline for Teachers in Grades 6 - 9 to apply for the FREE Lunar Workshop for Educators to be held June 27 - July 1, 2016 at NASA’s Goddard Flight Facility Please visit:

March 31, 2016: Deadline for Teachers in Grades 6 - 9 to apply for the FREE “Dynamic Response at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars” Workshop for Educators to be held July 11 - 15, 2016 at NASA’s Goddard Flight Facility Please visit:

March 31, 2016: Deadline for K – 5 Students to enter the My Green School Art Contest. 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 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 22, 2016: Earth Day. 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 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

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:


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:

This week’s Freebies: High school students can take the American Society of Clinical Pathology's What's My Next? Lab Hero Challenge, an e-learning module highlighting the lab roles and related work to diagnose and inform the treatment path for a breast cancer patient. Just visit:

Students ages 9–18 participating in I'm a Scientist USA! talk online with scientists and vote for their favorite hero of science in an American Idol–style competition. Just visit:

And middle school students whose heroes are on the football field can play Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, a digital learning game that teaches science and math concepts. Just visit:



New Michigan Science Standards

You can download a copy of the new Michigan Science Standards at:


Middle School STEM Challenge: Edible Cars

Use the engineering design process to construct edible cars. This is a great challenge for students in grades 6 – 8. Please visit:


Satellite Missions to Involve GLOBE Students: GOES-R! and the Weather Watchers Project

Latest NASA satellite missions to involve GLOBE students: GOES-R! and the GLOBE Weather Watchers Project. The Global Weather Watchers K-14 project will add another collaborative project to GLOBE classrooms, a chance to develop content, collaborate in data collection, conduct joint investigations, and learn from each other the variations of weather around the world. Through these types of activities students will learn firsthand the connectedness of global weather patterns and global transport systems.  Learn how to become involved at


Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Training Now Online

Project Learning Tree introduces a new professional development opportunity for Early Childhood educators. This 3-hour self-paced online course includes access to PLT’s e-guide containing over 130 experiences designed to engage children ages 3 to 6 in outdoor exploration, plus demonstration videos, simulations, and planning exercises. Please visit:


Order Free Scientist Cards from Natural Inquirer

Natural Inquirer is now accepting free orders for their Scientist Card sets, directly from their web site. Individual orders are limited to either one full pack (100 cards) or up to 3 of the smaller packs (Women in Science, Classroom set, and Wildlife Scientists). The smaller packs all contain 30 cards apiece. Please visit:



@Gizmodo - Relive the best moments of the with this incredible supercut:

@ScienceDaily - First Gene for Grey Hair Found

@NASA - Exotic methane snow capped mountains on Pluto discovered by the team:

@nytopinion - What life is really like for women in science, by

@NYTScience - 10,000 people took our quiz on invasive species and many got 5/5. Can you match their score?

@BrainPicker - Fascinating short read on how made that amazing zero-gravity video


New NSTA Infographic on NGSS Available for FREE Download

NSTA's new infographic on the need for new science education standards is the first in a series that will be released over the coming months on the Next Generation Science Standards. Download and share the visually informative infographic with fellow teachers, principals, parents, and community members at:


Try TI-Nspire CX Teacher Software Free for One Year

TI is currently offering a free 1-year license of the TI-Nspire Teacher software (normally the trial software period is 90 days). This is an amazing opportunity for those of you who are interested in testing it out (even if you are not a TI-Nspire user). This is the full version of the software, so you will be able to explore all of the features (and do some awesome demonstrations).

Please visit:


STEM Teaching Tools

In support of NGSS, the University of Washington Institute for Science + Math Education has published 31 STEM Teaching Tools at this point -- and have many more in process. Just visit:

They also published their first newsletter highlighting new tools, stories of implementation. You can view the it online here:

This newsletter will be sent out every 4-6 weeks. You can sign up for it by going to and filling in your email address at the bottom of the page.


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