Regional Math and Science Center

2009 - 2010 Program Archives

Teacher Opportunities

2009 Fall Science Update
The Regional Math and Science Center cordially invites you to the 25th annual Fall Science Update. This year’s theme is “Building Enduring Understandings in Science.” This program is changing to a full-day format and will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Eberhard Center on Grand Valley State University’s Grand Rapids Pew Campus. This event includes a keynote speaker with elementary and secondary sessions, five 60 minute workshop sessions on various science topics, and a luncheon. The sessions will provide content information and teaching strategies for K-12 teachers in biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, physical science, and physics. Some sessions will feature best practice teaching strategies as well as tools for the classroom. Opportunities for student learning adventures, both as field trips and/or classroom experiences, will be presented.  Our keynote speaker is Dr. Norman Lederman, Chair and Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Whether you are a new or returning teacher, this mini-conference promises to be an informative day where you can enjoy collegiality with other teachers, and take time to explore new trends and ideas in education.

HS-MASS IV - Writing in Science Workshop
The Regional Math and Science Center at GVSU, in conjunction with the Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network, will be offering a three-day Writing in High School Science workshop to help teachers learn how to incorporate writing strategies into science instruction. This is the fourth year of the statewide High School Mathematics and Science Success (HS-MASS) Project conducted by centers in the Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network. This new Writing in High School Science workshop is a professional development opportunity for science teachers of grades 8-12 that follows the HS-MASS workshop format.

Algebra for All
This is an eight day workshop that will held over the school year of 2009-2010 (one session per month).  It is available to all secondary teachers who teach Algebra I content (including middle school and special education teachers). Teachers will learn how to: Approach the teaching of algebra from the functions perspective outlined by the mathematics High School Content Expectations; Explore linear, quadratic, exponential, inverse, and reciprocal functions in the course;  Explore the relationships algebraically (with equations), numerically (with tables), graphically and realistically (real-world modeling);  and  expand their repertoire of instructional strategies, including the effective use of graphing calculators and other technology, so they can support the learning of a more diverse population of students.


Annual Programs

Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) Kits
The Elementary Science Olympiad Discovery Program, developed by the staff at the Regional Math and Science Center from Grand Valley State University, is modeled after the highly successful ESO Fun Day program.  This kit loaner program is designed as an approach to involve early elementary students in a Science Olympiad program. They encourage teachers to find new and exciting ways to teach science to young children and emphasize hands-on experiences.  All activities emphasize participation, teamwork, and cooperation in a non-competitive environment.  Kit activities are chosen that relate to the Michigan science curriculum and include events from various disciplines.

Michigan High School Math and Science Symposium 
Michigan High School Math and Science Symposium is a program dedicated to giving high school students a forum to present their math and science research findings in a professional setting.  It is sponsored by the RMSC and was held Friday, April 30, 2010 at the GVSU Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids.


 Student/Teacher Programs

2009 Genetic Update Conference
On Monday, September 28, 2009, the Regional Math and Science Center at GVSU will host the Genetic Update Conference featuring the internationally known lecturer, Dr. Sam Rhine.  Dr. Rhine’s visit will result in two lectures; one in the morning for high school students and their teachers on the Allendale campus, and another evening lecture for the community on the Pew campus. Dr. Rhine is a physician who graduated from the Harvard Medical School and Indiana University’s School of Medicine.  For the past 28 years, he has devoted himself to genetics education, developing student programs for high school Biology, AP Biology, and other life science courses.   In addition to his full lecture calendar, Dr. Rhine is currently an adjunct faculty member at
Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana


Student Programs

Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad Tournament
Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. For more than 25 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education.  Much like a football or soccer team, competitive Science Olympiad teams prepare throughout the year for tournaments.  Each team is allowed to bring 15 students who may participate in a variety of events in their skill set.  Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. Every year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the everchanging nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, astronomy, mechanical engineering and technology.

Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp for Girls
STEPS is a four day, day-camp introduction to the exciting world of technology and engineering! Campers will participate in a variety of workshops that will give them hands-on experience with high-tech equipment and processes. Program activities during the week for STEPS include designing, manufacturing, and flying a radio-controlled airplane. Activities such as swimming, pizza parties, and airport tours are also included.

Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration (sHaPe) Program
sHaPe is a one-week day program introduction to the Health Professions for boys and girls currently in 7th and 8th grades. Students in sHaPe have the opportunity to study anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and personal health and fitness.  They explore the professions of clinical lab science, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiation therapy, sonography, speech pathology, sports medicine, and therapeutic recreation.  Program activities include exercising in fun ways, making nutritious meals collecting data in a laboratory setting, using modern medical equipment, understanding different types of therapies for various injuries and disabilities, and experiencing a field trip to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Sessions will be held at the GVSU Cook-DeVos Center for Health Services in downtown Grand Rapids July 12-15 for girls and July 19-22, 2010 for boys.

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