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Mid - October, 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 Fairs and Alternatives
    2. Would You Like to Learn More About the Learning Center?
    3. What is Science Matters?
  3. Next Generation Science Standards
    1. Free Lecture: Building a 3D Structure of Science Knowledge-The Role and Use of Crosscutting Concepts
    2. A New Website to Support NGSS Implementation – STEM Teaching
    3. Attend a NGSS Conference from the Comfort of Your Own Home
    4. NGSS Now Newsletter
  4. Michigan Department of Education
    1. Upcoming Deadlines
  5. Information for Students (and Parents too!)
    1. Still Time to Register for the eCYBERMISSION Competition
    2. The DuPont Challenge Elementary Division
    3. STEM Youth Rover Challenge for Grades 5-12
    4. Project Polar Bear Opportunity for Students – Ages 11 – 18
    5. Females Excelling More in Math and Engineering and the Sciences – Saturday Events
    6. Upcoming Deadlines
  6. Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Teachers
    1. Free AutoDesk Resources for Your Secondary Classroom and Secondary Students
    2. MCWT Robofest Grant Applications Now Available for Grades 5 – 12
    3. Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Grant
    4. Upcoming Deadlines
  7. Information for K-12 Teachers
    1. Free Account on NASA Wavelength
    2. View Striking Chemical Reactions
    3. Connect Science and Art
    4. Connecting Biology and Earth Science
    5. Michigan Science PLN Meeting on October 23
    6. MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference – November 8, 2014
    7. Come Share in the Knowledge at a Conference Dedicated to Place-Based Education
    8. Citizen Science in Space!
    9. NASA Do It Yourself Podcasts
    10. 3rd Annual Project Lead the Way STEM Conference
    11. Send Your Name to Mars
    12. Teaching for the 21st Century Humane Education Workshop
    13. Upcoming Deadlines
  8. Ideas from the Twitterverse
  9. Information for High School Teachers
    1. Interstellar
    2. Genetic Update Conference for High School Students Coming Up in November
    3. The AAPT eMentoring Program
    4. Upcoming Deadlines
  10. Information for Middle School and High School Teachers
    1. Upcoming Deadlines
  11. Information for Middle School Science Teachers
    1. CK-12 Free Online Textbook for Earth Science for Middle School
  12. Information for Elementary School Teachers
    1. Storm Water Resource From Project WET
  13. Science Humor Geeky Science Jokes
  14. September Contest Winners
  15. October Contest – Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Here are your science education resources and announcements for Mid - October, 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

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”
Vince Lombardi Jr.

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 – Science Fairs and Alternatives

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 “Science Fairs and Alternatives.” To access just visit:

Resources include:

  • A Kinder-Science Fair
  • A Revamped Science Expo
  • Everybody Loves PRISM
  • Four Tools for Science Fair Success
  • From Cookbook to Experimental Design
  • More Than One Way to Investigate
  • No Stress Science Fair
  • 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. Would You Like to Learn More About The Learning Center?

Please join in at upcoming web seminars about the Learning Center:

October 21 - Learn how to create and share collections in the NSTA Learning Center

October 30 - Ask questions to professors who are using the NSTA Learning Center as their class e-Textbook

Both programs begin at 6:30 pm Eastern time. Register at the web address below:


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. Free Lecture: Building a 3D Structure of Science Knowledge: The Role and Use of Crosscutting Concepts

Wednesday, October 22, Helen Quinn will be speaking as part of the CREATE Science Seminar Series from 12-1:15 p.m. at Michigan State University in 252 Erickson, 620 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. This event is free and open to the public. She will be speaking on Building a 3D structure of science knowledge: the role and use of crosscutting concepts.

Dr. Helen Quinn is a Professor Emeritus from Stanford University. She led the committee for the “Framework for K-12 Science Education”, which is the basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The CREATE for STEM Institute is pleased to sponsor three major seminar series for colleagues from MSU and from the broader community. All of the Seminar Series are free and open to the public. They welcome attendance by teachers, education practitioners, colleagues from across campus, and any others who may be interested in the topics.

For information about all three of our series and calendar of events, please visit:


3b. A New Website to Support NGSS Implementation – STEM Teaching

The University of Washington just launched a new web site called STEM Teaching Tools with professional learning tools to support implementation of NGSS. This effort has been developed through an NSF-funded effort called the Research+Practice Collaboratory.

The new web site is:

The twitter account is:


3c. Attend a NGSS Conference From the Comfort of Your Own Home

When teachers are asked what they like most about virtual learning experiences, convenience is at the top of the list. According to one teacher, "it was beneficial to learn about these topics from the comfort of my home and not worry about travel expenses and time spent traveling."

Join in for an intensive one-day virtual conference:

on Saturday, November 15, to learn how to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your K–12 classroom. This web-based professional learning opportunity includes interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, plus breakouts by grade level and discipline.

Engage with leading experts, discuss ideas with colleagues, and gain practical insights and strategies to better understand and apply key principles from the NGSS—all from the convenience of your home.

Read the agenda:

and register today:

for this one-of-a-kind opportunity.


3d. NGSS Now Newsletter

Read the most current newsletter, October 14, on the NGSS. This month there are 14 things you need to know about the Next Generation Science Standards. Please visit:


Michigan Department of Education


4a. 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. Still Time to Register for the eCYBERMISSION Competition

The deadline to register students for the 2014–2015 eCYBERMISSION

competition to receive a FREE STEM Research Kit is less than a month away! Sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION is an online learning competition for students in grades six through nine. The competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

If you haven't registered your students, it's not too late— register today:

The deadline for registration is December 17, but students registered by November 5 will receive a FREE STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive, and pencil.

And don't forget, eCYBERMISSION is giving away mini-grants this year to support teachers and their schools expand their STEM-based community projects in their classrooms. Grant recipients can also use the money for professional development or to purchase classroom materials and equipment. To apply for a mini-grant, teachers need to request an application prior to October 22 and then submit the application by October 29.

For more information, visit the competition website or contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at


5b. The DuPont Challenge Elementary Division

How can we make the world a healthier, safer, better place for ourselves and for future generations? The DuPont Challenge Elementary Division is calling on all young scientists in grades K-5 to find out! Using a combination of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills and creativity, classrooms are asked to create their own science story that provides an answer to a Challenge that is facing their community.

Each grade level has three Challenge options to choose from, based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With the help of their classroom teacher, students will research, observe, analyze, and discover their answer, presenting their findings in a science story book or presentation. Learn more at:


5c. STEM Youth Rover Challenge for Grades 5- 12

The Youth Rover Challenge is a multi-tier robotics education development program that is hosted, sponsored and operated by The Mars Society. The program commenced on August 6th, 2013 to commemorate the one year anniversary of the landing of NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

YRC is a STEM related educational effort that is designed for schools and organizations with students or members in grades 5-12 to have the chance to build and compete at a global level with a LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 based robotic rover and competition arena intended to simulate the surface of Mars. The sandbox where the robotic rover operates is intended to be replicated so participants can operate the competition locally at your school, home or club. Winners of the best place times will be invited to one of 4 events held in each region.

The Rover built for the competition is pre-designed accomplish specific experiments (tasks) similar to what Mars Rovers accomplish today on the surface of Mars and other harsh environments on remote places on Earth. The competition is operated on-site at your self-built sandbox and the final operation of the field tasks are then videotaped and sent to YRC for submission. Teams that have submitted videos that show the final operation of the rover completing the tasks under a time limit are then ranked against other teams.

The challenge and its operation is designed to prepare students for the The Mars Society University Rover Challenge that has operated successfully for the last 8 years directed by The Mars Society.

The program is lead and operated by its Program Director, Chuck McMurray, along with Nicole Willett, the Director of Education. To register, please visit:

The deadline to register is January 31, 2015.


5d. Project Polar Bear Opportunity for Students – Ages 11-18

Every year, Project Polar Bear challenges teams of young leaders (ages 11-18 in the U.S. and Canada) to develop local community projects that reduce the carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere in one of three categories: Saving Energy, Zero Garbage or Transportation. This contest is sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), the world's leading polar bear conservation group—dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat. Our focus is on research, education, and action.

Project Polar Bear can be a classroom project that aligns with Next Generation Science Standards by "applying scientific standards of monitoring and minimizing human impact" (MS-ESS3-3). Over the past five years, contestants have inspired long-term change in their communities through sustainable, ongoing projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Registration for this year's contest ends October 31, 2014. Teams will work on their projects through March 15, 2015. They'll announce the winners on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. They're especially interested in how creative teams can successfully engage their community in a sustainable action project. Because PBI believes strongly in rewarding the efforts of individuals who change their communities, a prize of between $500 and $750 in a cash grant will be awarded the highest scoring teams to sustain the effort created in the contest.

For more information, please visit:


5e. Females Excelling More in Math and Engineering and the Sciences Saturday Events

Engaging, hands-on activities in all FEMMES programs:

allow girls to learn in a fun, supportive environment and explore their potential in the STEM fields. FEMMES’ hopes to build their participants’ curiosity about a variety of areas related to science, math, and engineering and encourage them to increase their participation in those fields.

FEMMES hosts two types of activities for girls in 4th through 6th grade. Saturday Science Capstone events are free programs held twice annually on the University of Michigan’s (U of M) campus. These events are typically held from 8:45am to 3:30pm. Each event includes about 200 girls from all over Southeast Michigan. The day starts with a keynote speaker who talks about her path into STEM and why she loves her work. The girls then get to participate in hands-on activities in the morning lead by Professors from U of M. Lunch is provided for free, and followed by more hands-on activities in the afternoon. They hope their activities increase girls excitement for STEM and confidence in their abilities. After-School Events are held at local schools and lead by graduate and undergraduate students from STEM fields at U of M. They typically run for two hours and are similar to their Saturday Science Events in that they engage the girls in hands-on STEM activities. They love getting the chance to interact with girls further by visiting their schools.

Registration for their Saturday, November 8th event is now open! The registration form is available at:

Due to University of Michigan policies, they must have a physical signature from a parent or guardian. Therefore, to return this form to them, you can:

-Print out both pages, sign, scan, and email both pages back to them to the email addresses listed at the bottom

-Print out both pages and snail mail both pages back to them to the addresses listed at the bottom


5f. 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:

October 21, 2014: Deadline to enter the NASA Challenge: Build an App that uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data. Please visit:

October 27, 2014: Deadline to enter the American Nuclear Society Nuclear Art and Multimedia Challenge. Please visit:

October 31, 2014: Deadline for Students – Ages 11-18 to register for the Project Polar Bear Challenge. Please visit:

November 1, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Students to apply for the Coleopterists Youth Incentive Award. Please visit:

December 31, 2014: Deadline for High School Seniors to enter HQ’s Ordinary Object Redesign Student Contest. Please visit:

January 31, 2015: Deadline to register for the Youth Rover Challenge. Please visit:


Grants and Opportunities For K-12 Teachers


6a. Free Autodesk Resources for Your Secondary Classroom and Secondary Students

Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software for manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment. The company gives students, educators, and educational institutions free access to the same software used to make the games, movies, buildings, and products that have inspired millions.

Learn more and download the curriculum and learning materials:

available for secondary teachers, and the other suite of free access to Autodesk resources such as design software, creativity apps, and real-world projects for secondary students, college and university students, and college and university educators.


6b. MCWT Robofest Grant Applications Now Available for Grades 5 - 12

In partnership with Lawrence Tech University’s Robofest program, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation is pleased to announce that four grants of $500 each are available to all-girl Robofest 2015 Teams from Michigan. Teams in grades 5 through 12 are eligible to apply for the grants. The application is available to download at:

The grant application is due no later than December 21, 2014. Winners will be announced in mid-January, 2015.

Questions about the grant application process may be emailed to


6c. Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Grant

The Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) is pleased to announce the “Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Grant” for this year. The Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Grant was established eight years ago to heighten public awareness of the career opportunities our industry has to offer and to improve the quality and quantity of Clean Water community education in Michigan’s public schools. Dan Wolz was a true environmental steward of the earth. Thus, in recognition of the passion Dan had for education, this award continues to reach hundreds of Michigan students.

For FULL details and to apply, please visit:



6d. 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 September, October and November, 2014: Binoculars for Young Citizen Scientists. Please visit:

October 22, 2014: Deadline for 6th – 9th Grade teachers to apply for eCYBERMISSION mini-grants. Please visit:

October 31, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Grant. Please visit:

October 31, 2014: Deadline for 3rd to 5th grade teachers to apply for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Please visit:

November 18, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Please contact Jeff Glodstein at:

November 20, 2014: Deadline to apply for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. Please visit:

November 30, 2014: Deadline for MS and HS Teachers to apply for the PASCO STEM Educator Awards. Please visit:

December 17, 2014: Deadline for teachers in grades 6-9 to register for the eCYBERMISSION Competition. Please visit:

December 21, 2014: Deadline for 5-12 Teachers to apply for the MCWT Robofest grants. Please visit:

January 30, 2015: Deadline to apply for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program. Please visit:


Information for K-12 Science Teachers


7a. Free Account on NASA Wavelength

Take a moment to register for a free account on NASA Wavelength

NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. Lots of exciting options with Wavelength including an easy to use list-building feature!


7b. View Striking Chemical Reactions

Beautiful Chemistry is a new collaboration between Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China that seeks to make chemistry more accessible and interesting to the general public. Their first project was the creation of several short films that utilize a 4K UltraHD camera to capture a variety of striking chemical reactions without the usual clutter of test tubes, beakers or lab equipment. On the Beautiful Chemistry website, students can watch chemical reactions such as precipitation, color change, crystallization and bubbling in amazing detail. They can also explore the inner beauty of chemical structures such as crystals, gas and liquid, and atoms and molecules. Please visit:


7c. Connect Science and Art

Tabletop Whale is an original science illustration blog created by a designer with a molecular biology degree. New charts, infographics or illustrations are published every two to three weeks. The blog site includes an animated guide to the human body (muscle edition), an animated chart of 42 North American butterflies as well as charts that deconstruct the wing patterns of birds and insects. Please visit:


7d. Connecting Biology and Earth Science

Our world today is the product of ongoing interactions between life and the physical environment. Take a tour of the history of life on our planet as told by the rocks and fossils and interact with a graph of atmospheric oxygen levels over time. Both encourage independent exploration and the interpretation of scientific data. Please visit:


7e. Michigan Science PLN Meeting on October 23

Please plan to join your colleagues from around the state as we learn about exciting developments in science education, share our work, and hear important updates from the Michigan Department of Education. This will be the first of four meetings for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. Please share this message with others as appropriate.


PK-20 science education professionals whose responsibilities include delivering teacher professional learning programs, curriculum and assessment support for teachers, and pre-service teacher preparation.


The purpose of MI Sci PLN meetings are to enhance communication, encourage cooperation, and inspire collaboration.

October 23, 2014

Clinton County RESA, St. Johns

8:30 Sign-in, Coffee & Conversation

9:00 - 2:30 PLN

2:30 - 4:00 Collaboration Time

Cost: $9.00 (includes lunch)

Registration Closes October 20. Please register at:


7f. MDSTA / DACTM Fall Conference – November 8, 2014

Joint Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association and Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at:

Woodhaven High School

24787 Van Horn

Brownstown, MI 48134

Conference registration is now OPEN!

Are you curious about the presentations taking place at this year's MDSTA/DACTM conference? If so, check out the matrix of presentations found at:


7g. Come Share in the Knowledge at a Conference Dedicated to Place-Based Education

Attend the 4th annual Great Lakes Place-based Education Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The conference features a line-up of great field trips and workshops on November 6, and two days (Nov 7-8) of concurrent presentations, posters, and networking opportunities. Join formal and non-formal K-16 educators, leaders of educational and environmental groups all across the Great Lakes region, and a variety of community-based partners who are passionate about powerful learning for students. Expand your knowledge and skills in using place-based education to offer powerful, “core” academic learning that is relevant and engaging for students, and also provides them with opportunities to become knowledgeable, active stewards of the Great Lakes and its ecosystems.

An evening reception at the Grand Rapids Public Museum follows Thursday’s field trips and workshops and officially launches the conference. This year’s keynote speakers include David Sobel, an internationally known pioneer and scholar of place-based education, and Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.

SCECHs are available through Kent Intermediate School District. For more information and to register for Thursday’s field trips and workshops, or one or both days of the formal conference, visit


7h. Citizen Science in Space!

Scientists need your help with real-world space research! Zooniverse features a number of space science projects that need your keen observational skills to find information. Current citizen science projects include:

How do Galaxies Form? – Classify galaxy images taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Explore the Surface of the Moon – Study the lunar surface with images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Study Explosions on the Sun – Explore interactive diagrams from the STEREO spacecraft.

Find Planets around Stars – Can you find planets using information from Kepler?

Explore the Red Planet – Learn more about wind patterns on Mars using HiRISE data.

Match Growing Black Holes to their Jets - Compare infrared and radio data to spot black holes in the Universe!

Help Astronomers Understand Star Clusters - Help to determine the ages of star clusters in the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy.

Find the Birthplace of Planets – Help scientists find stars harboring planet-forming disks!

For more information on these projects, and to learn how you can participate, visit


7i. NASA Do It Yourself Podcasts

Create multimedia projects with students using the redesigned NASA Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast site. DIY Podcast allows you to download free videos, audio clips and images to create products such as slideshows, multitouch books/ebooks, podcasts, videos and audio recordings. The videos and audio clips feature NASA experts such as scientists, engineers and even astronauts on the International Space Station. The audio and visual resources are divided into topical modules such as Robots, Exploration Careers and Newton's Laws. Students can create the projects as assignments or educators can create products as teaching tools.

The site has improved navigation and added features. The site now includes a Topics page that lists and describes the type of resources in each. The module descriptions also include a designation as to which science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, discipline is supported by the module’s content. The new Help and Support page answers common questions about using the site.

Visit NASA's DIY Podcast site at:

to begin building multimedia projects today. Subscribe to the Do-It-Yourself Podcast Blog for tips and suggestions for creating with the DIY Podcast site:


7j. 3rd Annual Project Lead The Way STEM Conference

This conference is being held to promote interest in STEM and PLTW in Michigan schools for the purposes of developing tomorrow’s workforce and fostering economic and personal development.

The Conference on October 28th will feature five Tracks along with several teacher-focused training sessions (Inventor, VEX, and LMS training):

1. Educational Leader Track- For those administrators who are considering implementing PLTW or other STEM programs

2. New PLTW and STEM Teacher Track-For teachers who are just implementing or planning to implement a PLTW/STEM program

3. Experienced PLTW and STEM Teacher Track-For teachers who are experienced with PTLW/STEM and are looking for best practices in the classroom

4. Business and Industry Track-For industries desiring to engage with their local PLTW/STEM programs

5. PTLW Counselor Track-Required for Counselors in PLTW middle and high schools

Cost: $50 for educators and $65 for employers to cover the cost of food and beverage. Some conference costs are being offset by a grant from General Motors. Please register at:


7k. Send Your Name to Mars

Here is an opportunity to include your name, or any name for that matter, on a chip that will go to Mars with the Orion test flight this December. Deadline is the October.


7l. Teaching for the 21st Century Humane Education Workshop

The Detroit Zoological Society:

(DZS) is hosting a Teaching for the 21st Century Humane Education Workshop, presented by the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). The workshop will be facilitated by Zoe Weil, President of IHE. This professional development offering will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo's Ford Education Center. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the DZS's Berman Academy for Humane Education:

this professional development workshop is designed to train educators to effectively teach critical thinking about animal protection, environmental ethics and social justice to enhance students' understanding of how their choices impact themselves, other people, other species and the Earth. Teachers will learn how to bring global ethical issues into the classroom through innovative activities and approaches that enable their students to become conscientious changemakers and effective problem solvers for a more humane, peaceable, and healthy world.

This workshop is recommended for all classroom teachers and community educators, but is also open to students and other persons interested in humane education. The registration fee is $20 and includes a light breakfast, lunch and the text for the course, "The Power & Promise of Humane Education" by Zoe Weil. SCECHs will be available. To register, please visit:

Be sure to sign up soon as this will likely fill up - it's a rare opportunity to have Zoe Weil facilitate this workshop!

For more information about the workshop from IHE, visit:


7m. 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:

October 18, 2014: National Fossil Day at the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing. Please visit:

October 19 – 25, 2014: National Chemistry Week. Please visit:

October 20, 2014: Deadline to register for the October 23 MI Sci PLN meeting at the Clinton RESA in St. Johns, MI. Please visit:

October 26 – 30, 2014: Aquatic Resource Educators Association (AREA) National Conference in Traverse City, MI. Please visit:

October 28, 2014: 3rd Annual PLTW/STEM Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:

October 31, 2014: Deadline to put you name on a chip that will go to Mars. Please visit:

November 6 – 8, 2014: Great Lakes Place-Based Education Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Please visit:

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

November 15, 2014: Teaching for the 21st Century Humane Education Workshop at the Detroit Zoo. Please visit:

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

March 18 – 20, 2015: Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference at COBO Center in Detroit, MI. Please visit:




8a. Ideas from the Twitterverse

CNN International ?@cnni Can you match female scientists with their life-changing inventions?  #CNNWomen #adalovelaceday blogs @NatureBlogs The remarkable story of Professor Tebello Nyokong, Africa's #STEM ambassador  #adalovelaceday

World Resources Inst @WorldResources

  Reading - Climate change has raised ocean acidity by a quarter (@DNews)

Nature Conservancy @nature_org

  Microplastics in your laundry & toothpaste? #CitizenScience that impacts everyone:

Diana R. Johns @drjohns4msu

Via @nprnews: Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters?

Google Science Fair @googlescifair

When charting the results of your experiments, label the axes correctly to avoid any potential confusion! #GSF2014

Gary G. Abud, Jr. @MR_ABUD

A gr8 phys sci lesson! MT @lifehacker: Are carbon steel knives > stainless? via @TestKitchen

Leland Melvin @Astro_Flow

I'm very proud 2 have worked 4 such an incredible agency. Thx @NASA @NASAedu @NASA360 and #happybirthday ! #STEAM


Information for High School Science Teachers


9a. Interstellar

Check out the resources that are available to accompany the release of the new movie “Interstellar.” Visit the student and educator resource page at:

“Science fiction led America into space and to the moon. In fact, great science fiction films like Interstellar will lead us further, by inspiring our young people to explore.”

Dr. Barbara Morgan, Ph.D., NASA Astronaut—Teacher in Space, Founding Challenger Center for Space Science Exploration; Board Member and Education Professor


9b. Genetic Update Conference for High School Students Coming in November

Join Dr. Sam Rhine as he presents his annual Genetic Update Conference at: Grand Valley State University on Monday, November 10th, 2014

2014-15 Conference Topics:

I. Basic Concepts in Human Cancer:

II. Cancer Stem Cells - Cancer Cells with "Stemness"

III. Human Tissue Engineering - producing human tissues and organs in the laboratory

Each school must pre-register on line to attend the conference. Schools that pre-register will receive an updated set of conference notes the week before the conference. Only those who are pre-registered will be able to receive information regarding time changes, delays, postponements, cancellations etc. Please pre-register on line at


9c. The AAPT eMentoring Program

The AAPT eMentoring program is designed to connect high school physics educators who desire additional guidance with experienced high school physics educators—FREE of charge. Based on each mentee's profile, the program will connect them with a qualified mentor who fits the needs of that mentee. The mentee and mentor can then begin communicating through email, voice chat, telephone, or in some cases face-to-face. All participants will have an opportunity to grow professionally and connect with colleagues at a regional and national level. For more information, please visit:


9d. Upcoming Deadlines

October 21, 2014: Vernier Data Collection Workshop in Detroit, MI. Please visit:

November 10, 2014: Genetic Update Conference with Dr. Sam Rhine 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. Upcoming Deadlines

October 25, 2014: “Teaching Science with Teachnology” at the NMC University Center Campus in Traverse City, MI. For more information, please contact Sue Campbell at 734-973-0433


Information for Middle School Science Teachers


11a. CK-12 Free Online Textbook for Earth Science for Middle School

CK-12 Earth Science For Middle School covers the study of Earth - its minerals and energy resources, processes inside and on its surface, its past, water, weather and climate, the environment and human actions, and astronomy. Please visit:


Information for Elementary School Science Teachers


12a. Storm Water Resource from Project WET

The "Use Water Wisely" unit on Project WET's free interactive website has fun, educational activities focused on actions kids can take (like picking up after Fido) to protect their water. Please visit:


Science Humor


13. Geeky Science Jokes

How do you know the moon is going broke? It is down to its last quarter.

What is a cation afraid of? Dogions.

Where does bad light end up? In Prism.

Why did the bear dissolve in water? It was polar.

Why is the pH of YouTube very stable? It constantly buffers.

What do you call a tooth in a glass of water? A one molar solution.

Why did I divide sin by tan? Just cos.

What is a sleeping brains favorite rock band? R.E.M.


14. September Contest Winners

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

Meridith Dorow, Swartz Creek Community Schools, Schwartz Creek, MI

Lynnea Roon, Kelloggsville Middle School, Grand Rapids, MI

Sheri Dudzinski, Marie C. Graham Elementary, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools

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


15. October Contest – Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

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