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May, 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 – Uncovering Student Ideas in Science

    2. What is Science Matters?

  3. Next Generation Science Standards

    1. Survey on Knowledge and Teacher Resources for NGSS

    2. What Happened to the Scientific Method

  4. Michigan Department of Education

    1. Update on the Michigan Science Standards from Linda Forward, Interim Deputy Superintendent, MDE

  5. Information for Students (and Parents too!)

    1. Where Over the World is Astronaut Scott Kelly? (K-12)

    2. Youth Writing and Art Contest (K-12)

    3. Save the Frogs Art Contest (K-12)

    4. Upcoming Deadlines

  6. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers

    1. Enter to Win $10,000 Towards STEM Programs (K-12)

    2. Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards (MS and HS)

    3. Marine Debris Educator Workshop (MS and HS)

    4. Free Molecular Modeling Workshop at Hope College (HS)

    5. Free Engineering Inspired by Nature Curriculum PD (MS and HS)

    6. Applications Open for NSTA New Science Teacher Academy (MS and HS)

    7. Fabulous School Lab Makeover Grant (MS)

    8. Upcoming Deadlines

  7. STEM Specific Resources

    1. National Science Foundation 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase

    2. Conference for STEM Educators and Leaders

  8. Information for K-12 Teachers

    1. Invitation to Present at the MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference in Warren

    2. Five-Day Ecology Workshop at the Detroit Zoo

    3. NSTA’s K-12 April/May Journals Online Now

    4. Mixed Curbside Residential Recycling Myth Busters

    5. Science and Literacy: Reflections on Time

    6. Spring Cleaning Preparation: Chemical Disposal Review

    7. Call for Presenters for the 2015 MAEOE Conference – Deadline May 20

    8. Project Learning Tree Certification is Now Available Online

    9. Upcoming Deadlines

  9. Ideas from the Twitterverse

  10. Information for High School Teachers

    1. Big M Global Manufacturing Conference Free for Students and Teachers

    2. Upcoming Deadlines

  11. Information for Middle School Teachers

    1. Middle School Science Podcasts

    2. Interactive Earth Science Concept Maps

    3. Regional Exporavision Winners from Battle Creek

    4. Free Climate Change iBook for Middle School Students

  12. Science Humor – Science Jokes

  13. May Contest – Win a $10 Subway Gift Card

Here are your science education resources and announcements for May, 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

“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.”

Isaac Asimov  

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 – Uncovering Student Ideas in Science

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 “Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes Collection.” To access just visit:

Resources include:

  • Air Mass Matters: Creating a Need-to-Know

  • Archive: Teaching Climate with Models: Breathing of the Earth

  • Archive: The Water Molecule and Dissolving – Introducing a Free Online Resource for MS Chemistry

  • Beaks and Biomes: Understanding Adaptation in Migrating

  • Is Evolution Random?

  • Podcast: NSTA Press: Energy Stop Faking It!: Difference between Temperature and Thermal Energy

  • 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:


Next Generation Science Standards


3a. Survey on Knowledge and Teacher Resources for NGSS

A candidate for a Masters of Science in Science Education degree through Montana State University is conducting a survey for her capstone project. Her contribution is to research current science issues and teacher resources for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Her goal is to connect scientists and educators through this project, including with conversations like scientist interviews and teacher forums. Part of this project includes surveying teachers on their current knowledge of NGSS and access to technology.  

This is a special request to ask you to complete this voluntary survey, which takes approximately 10-15 minutes, with optional fields and is confidential.  Here is the survey link:

This survey is open to any and all teachers, regardless of the topic or if they are involved with NGSS. Please feel free to send along to any of your peers. She does not have much to offer as a thank you other than a genuine thank you, so thank you.


3b. What Happened to the Scientific Method?

Like many teachers, Hallie Mills, began the fall introducing her students to the scientific method. She even went a step further, trying to align herself with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and created an Engineering Design Process Chart with her students as well. Read more about the question of “What Happened to the Scientific Method,” at:


Michigan Department of Education


4a. Update on the Michigan Science Standards from Linda Forward, Interim Deputy Superintendent, MDE

As you are probably aware, new Michigan Science Standards have been presented to the State Board of Education in the last year in order to present a range of implementation benefits and considerations for these standards, so that the Board is better informed about issues prior to adoption. The following information is an update and status report on the standards to date, and provides possible next steps to address what educators can do to support student learning of science.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) presentations included a general vision of implementation of the standards, considerations for teacher preparation and professional development, assessment, course structuring, and school improvement, as well as more general preparations that schools can be doing to provide the best preparation in the sciences for our students. Additionally, the MDE contracted an independent review of the current and proposed state standards which recommended adoption of the new standards for a variety of reasons. These resources can be found on the MDE website at the URL below:,4615,7-140-28753_64839_65510---,00.html

The proposed Michigan K-12 Science Standards represent a significant change in the approach to teaching and learning science, as they are the first such standards to be developed specifically from research on science education. The standards focus on three interwoven elements: disciplinary core ideas (the content of the individual strands of science areas), cross-cutting concepts (the underlying concepts that span all areas of science, such as patterns, or cause and effect), and science and engineering practices. These elements are fundamental to quality science learning and are central to the K-12 Framework for Science Education, a document created by the National Research Council, and adopted as Michigan’s framework for science education. We encourage educators to continue to utilize the framework to guide instructional practices and selection of learning resources. The K-12 Framework for Science Education can be found at the URL below:

The MDE is finalizing an implementation plan to support new Michigan Science Standards, once adopted. It is anticipated that the standards will need to be incorporated into several local considerations, such as teacher professional learning, teacher assignments, learning resource selection, and course design and standards alignment at the district level. Likewise, Michigan’s colleges and universities will need to collaborate on issues around the inclusion of these new standards in the preparation of new educators. The MDE will seek input from educators and leaders in science education on supports that can be provided around these issues following adoption.

The MDE will also engage in public information and comment activities in order to gather feedback on the standards prior to adoption. These will likely happen later this summer and in early fall, and will include both online surveys to capture public comments, as well as a set of face-to-face presentations and facilitated discussions to document comments and considerations on the revised standards. We encourage your participation as the MDE moves forward with these events which will be scheduled upon approval from the State Board of Education. Stephen Best

the Assistant Director of the Office of Education Improvement and Innovation, and Gregg Dionne,

Supervisor of the Curriculum and Instruction unit at the MDE, will lead these efforts. Please contact either of them if you have any questions regarding this, or other aspects of the standards adoption process.


Information for Students (and Parents too!)


5a. Where Over the World is Astronaut Scott Kelly? (K-12)

During his year-long stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Traveling more than 220 miles above Earth, and at 17,500 miles per hour, he circumnavigates the globe more than a dozen times a day. This gives Kelly the opportunity to see and photograph various geographical locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job while in space is to capture images of Earth for scientific observations.

Follow @StationCDRKelly on Twitter. Each Wednesday, Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to identify the place correctly will win an autographed copy of the picture. Kelly plans to continue posting weekly contest photos until he returns from the space station in March 2016.

For more information, visit

To learn more about the One-Year Mission, visit


5b. Youth Writing and Art Contest (K – 12)

Thanks to:

youth are encouraged to describe in detail what they’ve learned about their local habitats and what they observed through environmental exploration. Written submissions can be any short story, poetry, or can address some of the following prompts:

  • Describe what you saw when you were outside.

  • Tell us what you sensed outside. What did you see, hear, smell, feel, or even taste?

  • How did being outside make you feel?

  • What activities did you do outdoors? Did you have fun?

Artwork can include a drawing of a real or imaginary bird, a painting of a child’s favorite bird, a map of their local habitat, or a photograph an outdoor scene.

Children ages 5 to 18 can participate by having an adult submit their work as an individual or a group (no more than 3 people). They will select two written entries and two art works to be published in BirdSleuth Investigator 2016 Magazine, along with several works of art to be displayed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for a summer art show. Selected entries will receive a free Feathered Friends Window Feeder kit from them!

To submit your youth’s work, complete the online submission form:

Be sure to specify Nature Investigators in the title submission along with the author’s full name, age, program name, and city with each submission. Up to 2 entries per child. Deadline to submit is Friday, August 14, 2015.


5c. Save the Frogs Art Contest

First Place $100.00 Cash Prize and Free Membership.  

Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Place.  

Also Honorable Mentions.

All drawings must be no larger than 8.5 and 11 inches.  Black and white or color are accepted.  Artwork may be hand drawn or digitally produced original artwork.  No glitter. Submissions are accepted from April 1 to October 1, 2015.  All other contest info is available at:

Frogs around the world and here in Michigan are in peril.  Frogs support a network of life and are important to our ecosystem.  There are many new activities helping frog preservation here in Michigan and in many other areas.  


5d. 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 23-25, 2015: G3: Grandparents, Grandkids and Grand Valley, at Grand Valley State University. 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


6a. Enter to Win $10,000 Towards STEM Programs (K-12)

Science is everywhere. It's the DNA for progress and possibility. Support Our Science is committed to igniting students' passion for science, technology, engineering and math on-air, online, in the classroom, and in local communities.

Science Channel and Discovery Education, together with partners, The Planetary Society, Girls Inc, and Maker Ed will ensure our kids are the next generation of innovators, problem solvers, and game changers.

Enter the Support Our Science Sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000 for a school of your choice's STEM program. The winning school will also receive a special STEM assembly. Please visit:

The deadline to register is May 31, 2015.


6b. Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards (MS-HS)

Have you used green chemistry to make an impact in your school? If so, you may be eligible for a 2015 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award if you have designed or implemented an innovative project. Nominations are due by July 17, 2015. View the full nomination packet at:


6c. Marine Debris Educator Workshop (K-8)

Stone Lab/Lake Erie, Ohio is hosting a Marine Debris Educator Workshop from Ohio Sea Grant and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program June 8-10. This program, which is recommended for K-8 educators, gives teachers first-hand experience in conducting marine debris research and cleanups and gives you an in-depth look at curriculum. You’ll leave with a kit of marine debris materials for your classroom. Teachers completing this program earn 2 Continuing Education Units (20 contact hours). Register by May 22 by contacting Sarah Opfer at or calling 419-898-3631


6d. Free Molecular Modeling Workshop at Hope College (HS)

Check out this awesome workshop on computational chemistry, that will take place June 15 – July 10, 2015!  Learn how the real chemists draw and compute chemical compounds through computer modeling.  You will get free access to the program use at Hope.  Participants are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.                   

To register, go to:


6e. FREE Engineering Inspired by Nature Curriculum PD (MS and HS)

Come join The Center for Learning with Nature for a week of PD this Summer, to learn to use the new Engineering Inspired by Nature curriculum. This online synchronous course is FREE for 25 middle or high school teachers this summer only.

Why teach Engineering Inspired by Nature?

  • Applying innovative ideas from the natural world to human technologies (a.k.a. bio-inspired innovation, biomimicry or biomimetics) is a cutting-edge practice used by professionals across engineering and design fields today. 

  • Bio-inspired engineering programs have increased rapidly across colleges and universities over the last decade because of student demand and job sector growth. Help your students become graduation bound and college prepped for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • Bio-inspired innovation is a uniquely effective way of teaching engineering! Fascinating to learn, exciting to teach, and students love it.

What to expect and what you will come away with:

  • You will be trained in using an engineering curriculum unlike any other – praised by domain experts, teacher-tested, student-approved, empirically effective, NGSS-aligned.

  • 5 full days (?40 hrs contact time) of interactive synchronous training using video conferencing, outdoor activities, and team projects.

  • The modular and scalable curriculum fits different school curricula structures, up to one semester in length (30-45 hrs of instruction).

  • You will never see technology or the natural world the same way again!

The Center for Learning with Nature is very excited to offer this training and curriculum in partnership with the Biomimicry Institute, with support from the Kalliopeia Foundation and Dean Witter Foundation. If you are interested in learning more and applying to participate in the PD this summer, please feel free to email me (samstier[at]gmail[dot]com), or apply directly before May 20th by going to:


6f. Applications Open for NSTA New Science Teacher Academy (MS and HS)

The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy

is now accepting applications for the 2015–16 program year. U.S. science teachers who will be entering their second through fifth year of teaching and whose schedule includes a minimum of 51% middle or high school science are encouraged to apply. NSTA Fellows—whose participation in the Academy this year is being funded by Lockheed Martin—receive a comprehensive membership package, online mentoring, and a variety of web-based professional learning activities. Fellows will also receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA's 2016 National Conference on Science Education in Nashville, Tennessee. Please visit:

The deadline to apply is August 15, 2015.


6g. Fabulous School Lab Makeover Grant (MS)

Northrop Grumman Foundation is on a mission to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), so they’re making five grants of up to $100,000 available to public middle schools for their very own fabulous school lab makeover. Please visit:

The deadline to apply is August 28, 2015.


6h. 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:

May 20, 2015: Deadline to apply to participate online in the Free Engineering Inspired by Nature Curriculum PD. Please visit:

May 22, 2015: Deadline for K-8 teachers to register for the Marine Debris Educator Workshop at Stone Lab, Ohio. Please contact Sarah Opfer at or calling 419-898-3631.

May 31, 2015: Deadline to register for the “Support Our Science” Sweepstakes. Please visit:

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

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:


STEM Specific Resources


7a. National Science Foundation 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase

The NSF 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase (May 11-15) is now live. View the videos and join the conversation at:

Take a peek into the world of STEM education research by checking out this showcase of more than 100 videos. The videos offer a 3-minute glance into the variety of innovative work being funded by the National Science Foundation in education.

They invite you to be an active participant during the live five-day event. View videos of interest, post questions to the presenters, join the discussions that are taking place around each video, and vote for your favorite videos via Facebook, twitter, or email ballot. And please spread the word about this event to friends, family and colleagues!

If you have any feedback or comments, please send them to


7b. Conference for STEM Educators and Leaders

In partnership with NSTA and Achieve, the GE Foundation is hosting its 8th annual conference for STEM educators and leaders this July 26-30 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The convening will bring together 200 STEM education leaders from across the country for professional learning and skill development.  The theme of the conference is:

STEM and the Skills Gap: Linking Secondary STEM Education to College and Career Readiness. 

They are looking for teams consisting of secondary and post-secondary leaders from school districts and community colleges across the country and partnering together to ensure that they have the skills, tools and materials to be leaders and innovators in the field. Teams are strongly encouraged to include district administration, curriculum leaders, master high school teachers/coaches, career and tech ed leaders, and community college representative(s).

Please learn more and register using the following link:

Any questions can be directed to: Wendy Binder

The deadline to register is May 22, 2015.


Information for K-12 Science Teachers


8a. Invitation to Present at the MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference in Warren, MI

The MDSTA (Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association) / DACTM (Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conference has had a number of successful years in Wayne and Oakland Counties. They are excited about their move to Warren’s Cousino High School in Macomb County. They promise that the 2015 math/science conference, November 7, 2015 will again combine the resources and experiences of educators interested in science and math. They hope to have some “conference-within-a-conference” strands too, including:

Michigan standards: curricula & teaching

Special education/alternative education

STEM teaching and learning

Technology in the classroom

Environmental education


They extend this invitation to you to be a speaker. This is an opportunity for you to share your knowledge, experiences, expertise and enthusiasm with others in their professional learning community. The presenters are the

key to any successful conference. As a speaker you will receive complimentary conference registration, lunch and a small gift of appreciation.

Individual sessions focus on a variety of presentation types and topics at all grade levels and include 60 minute

sessions and 80 minute workshops. They encourage you to speak in any area of your expertise. If you are looking for ideas, they suggest sessions that:

Involve the audience in hands-on experiences

Involve both math and science ideas

Help to implement Michigan standards

Assist teachers in using various technologies

Focus on specific grade levels and topics, such as:

Upper level and AP math and science courses

Kindergarten and Pre-K

Middle school interdisciplinary units

The presenter registration process will be online:

1. Go to this web site:

and follow the link for conference presenters.

2. Sign in (if already in their database) or create a free login.

3. You will then be able to input information about yourself, your session, any co-presenters and your needs.

4. Please respond by June 15th to increase the likelihood that we can put your session at your preferred time.


8b. Five-Day Ecology Workshop at the Detroit Zoo

Visit the Detroit Zoo for an exciting five-day Ecology Workshop, June 22-26, 2015. They'll explore how various systems have evolved over time into dynamic living habitats. Through specific examples of conservation work that the Detroit Zoological Society is involved in, you'll have hands-on opportunities to learn about the complexity of ecosystems and how humans impact them. The course will be a combination of in-class work, field-work, and a trip to a restored brownfield site. You won't want to miss out on this unique opportunity to work with staff from the Detroit Zoo!

This workshop is recommended for all classroom teachers and community educators, K - 12.  The registration fee is $75 which includes lunch each day.  SCECHs will be available for an additional fee. Class meets Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. To register, please visit


8c. NSTA’s K-12 April/May Journals Online Now

NSTA's April/May K–12 journals are live online (with select articles being available free for all, and full content free to all NSTA members). Browse these peer-reviewed resources to learn more about the power of water, what happens when an environment changes, using authentic data, myths about English Language Learners, and other important topics in K–12 science education. Please visit:


8d. Mixed Curbside Residential Recycling Myth Busters

Over 130 schools in Wayne County were recognized as Green Schools, at the Wayne County Green Schools Recognition Ceremony at Wayne RESA.  Scott Green, of Waste Management, guest presenter at the ceremony, shared some thoughts about “rethinking how we recycle.”  Some basic tips are:

Keep your recyclables dry

Keep plastic bags out of your recycling

Keep foods out of your recycling

I would encourage you to share the Mixed Curbside Residential Recycling Myth Busters:

because times are changing and we need to do some reteaching about recycling.


8e. Science and Literacy: Reflections on Time

Science is the perfect vehicle for imparting not just science knowledge but also reading and even math. Read more in this blog from NSTA Executive Director David Evans at:


8f. Spring Cleaning Preparation: Chemical Disposal Review

This month's Science Department Safety Training Notes titled "Review of Chemical Disposal Procedures" from Flinn Scientific comes at a time of year when they notice a jump in the number of questions they receive concerning chemical disposal. That's because it's nearly end-of-the-year laboratory cleanup time!

Your free copy of "Review of Chemical Disposal Procedures," which answers many frequently-asked questions about environmental laws and regulations, is available at:


8g. Call for Presenters for the 2015 MAEOE Conference – Deadline May 20

Please consider submitting a presentation proposal to the 2015 Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education conference to be held on the campus of Lake Superior State University in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11. This is Michigan's statewide organization of environmental educators---both classroom teachers and informal educators. About 200 attend the conference.

The deadline for submitting your presentation proposal is May 20.  To submit, please visit:


8h. Project Learning Tree Tree Certification is Now Available Online

Exciting news!  Michigan is one of eight states offering an on-line Project Learning Tree certification…

Check it out at:

Cost is $40. 

This online workshop is specially designed to help you:

Engage your students in learning about the environment—both outside and indoors

Make learning and teaching fun with hands-on activities

Teach core subjects (especially STEM, reading, writing, and social studies)

Meet academic standards (including Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards)

Easily incorporate lessons into your existing curriculum or non-formal education programs

Become eligible to receive a PLT GreenWorks! grant to fund a service-learning project for your students

Meet your professional development requirements - this training qualifies for FOUR continuing education credits

What’s included:

Electronic copy of PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide (print version available for an additional fee). 96 activities that are correlated to the Michigan Academic Standards, Common Core State Standards, and support the Next Generation Science Standards' three dimensional approach. Topics include forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and more. Download a free sample of this guide!

Self-paced online workshop (approximately 4 hours) - Introduces you to PLT by highlighting our supplemental curriculum materials, extensive network, and student-led service-learning programs like GreenSchools!:

Engaging and interactive learning experiences demonstrate select PLT activities and help you plan how best to facilitate them with your studentsL Supplemental information specific to Michigan and course can be completed in your own time, wherever you are

If you have any questions, let them know.  Otherwise, this is a great way for those of you who have been waiting for a workshop to come to your area to GET STARTED TODAY!

Ada M. Takacs - Michigan Dept of Natural Resources - Forest Resources Division

3730 Mill Road, Grawn MI 49637

voice:  231.534.5569 - fax: 231.263.7904


8i. 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:

May 20, 2015: Deadline to submit your presentation for the MAEOE Conference in Sault Ste. Marie. 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 22 – 26, 2015: Five Day Ecology Workshop at the Detroit Zoo. Please visit:

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




9a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

Alfonso Gonzalez @educatoral Eight Ways to Keep Informational Texts Engaging @spencerideas

Scholastic Teachers @ScholasticTeach

Humor, fantasy, are the 50 best #books for #summer, from #InstructorMag:


Wilderness Society @Wilderness

11 incredible women who made conservation history:

NASA Climate @EarthVitalSigns

“The whole point of #science is to understand the mysteries you see around you.” —Joan Feynman

ASCD @ASCD ICYMI: Here are four tenets of brain-based learning that both #students and research validate:

NGSS @OfficialNGSS

Why should students learn to plan and carry out investigations in #science and #engineering? via @STEMTeachTools


Information for High School Science Teachers


10a. Big M Global Manufacturing Conference Free for Students and Teachers

Detroit will again host the amazing Big M conference that showcases leading-edge technologies and people from around the world!  High School students and their teachers are being offered the chance to come to the show and tour the event with the help of the Square One Education Network.  Similar to other events that Square One supports, this will give students a direct look at the rapidly emerging world of manufacturing.

Dates: June 2-4, 2015

Students must be at least 18 years old

To Learn More:

To Register:

About the Big M:


10b. Upcoming Deadlines

June 2 - 4, 2015: Big M Global Manufacturing Conference Free Registration at:


Information for Middle School Science Teachers


11a. Middle School Science Podcasts

Wayne RESA, through the Wayne County Mathematics and Science Center, produces science podcasts on a regular basis. You can access them at:

Featured podcast for middle school science teachers:

Middle School Science Minute –

These weekly podcasts highlight recent articles from Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. The Middle School Science Minute is also a weekly feature on the Middle School Matters Podcast, hosted by Troy Patterson of the Dearborn Public Schools and Shawn McGirr of the Melvindale-North Allen Park Public Schools, a weekly podcast “For Middle School Educators Who Care.” You can listen to the Middle School Matters podcast at:


11b. Interactive Earth Science Concept Maps

Designed for middle to high school level, these concept maps could be adapted for an older audience. Please note, these concept maps require your browser to have the shockwave plug in. Google Chrome and Firefox may be the best browsers to use.

Chapter 1 Introduction to Earth Science

?Chapter 2 Earth as a System

?Chapter 30 Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe


11c. Regional Exploravision Winners from Battle Creek

The middle school team from the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center was recently named the Region 4 Winners in the Toshiba / NSTA Exploravision competition. Their topic was “Heat Utilizing Hearing Aids.” Here is a summary of their work:

Statistics show than an estimated 500 million people in the world experience hearing loss, and for approximately 360 million people of that 500 million, this loss is physically disabling. People wear hearing aids in order to combat this but the batters are not always reliable. This is where heat utilizing hearing aids come in, a product that recharges by converting body heat into an electric charge. It will still functioning as a normal hearing aid. Not only will our product help current users, but it will be able to reach people in all corners of the world, with or without access to electricity or the money to constantly replace batteries. 

Project website:

See more at:



11d. FREE Climate Change iBook for Middle School Students

“The Story of Climate Change” is Co-Authored by Earth Day Network and Michael Leifer. This digital textbook for Middle School (6th – 8th Grade) students seeks to be both aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Climate Literacy Science Standards. The iTextbook begins by defining:

1. What Is This Thing Called Climate Change, then proceeds to explain

2. How Glaciers Tell Our History, and shows

3. What’s Melting and Why It Matters, and then explores

4. The People and Places of Climate Change, and ends with

5. What Can You Do?

To download the book, please visit the iBooks store and do a search for “The Story of Climate Change.”


Science Humor


12. Science Jokes

Old chemistry teachers never die they just fail to react.

What did the biologist wear on his first date? Designer jeans.

Why do tigers have stripes? So they don’t get spotted.

What did the receive say to the radio wave? Ouch! That megahertz.

What do astronauts do they when they get angry? Blast off!

Where did the lightning bolt propose to his girlfriend? Cloud 9

What did the volcano say to his wife? I lava you so much!

What do you call two dinosaurs that have been in an accident? Tyrannosaurus wrecks


13. May Contest – Win a $10 Subway Gift Card

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