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From the Regional Math & Science Center at Grand Valley State University

February 2017 | Volume 24, Number 1

Fall in Love with STEM

In February 2017, the West Michigan chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-WM) will hold its second annual “Fall in Love with STEM” series for middle school students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities in a fun, hands-on setting.  

Explore logic puzzles and bubbles, static cling and magnets, or the color of chemistry. Learn how your lungs work, extract DNA from a banana, write a computer game or compete in a marshmallow challenge! These are just some of the activities offered in the workshops.

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GVSU health professions

Connections for the STEM Classroom

GVSU faculty and area experts provide engaging ideas on current topics in research and education

Other Earths?
By Geoff Lenters, GVSU Physics Department

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Calendar of Events


Come and See Some Moon Rocks

The GVSU Physics Department presents From the Earth to the Moon “The Apollo Lunar Samples” from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 3 in the GVSU Loutit Hall Room 101.

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A Celebration of Space Exploration in Honor of Roger B. Chaffee - February 10, 11

Roger B. Chaffee was born in 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and became one of the city’s favorite sons.

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Best Wishes to Mary Watters on Her Retirement from the RMSC!

With deep gratitude we wish RMSC administrative assistant Mary Watters a happy retirement!

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The Next Chapter: It could be YOU on the water!

As some of us approach retirement, it is exciting to know that there are opportunities to continue educating students.

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Register now for STEPS Engineering Camp

The Padnos College is now accepting applications for the 16th annual Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp for Girls. 

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Middle School Students - Attend sHaPe Health Professions Camp at GVSU This Summer!

sHaPe (Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration) is a one-week day program introduction to the Health Professions for boys and girls currently in 7th and 8th grades.

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Dockeray Scholarship Applications Available for Area High School Seniors

The Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships are awarded each spring to graduating high school seniors in the Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts who are interested in pursuing a career in science.

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Teachers - Get WILD at John Ball Zoo

Join us at the zoo for Project WILD training and enjoy a bonus animal encounter!

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Take the Beekeeping 101 Class

On Saturday, Feb 25 at the Wittenbach Wege Center in Lowell, Don Snoeyink from Thornapple Woodlands will be giving a Beekeeping 101 class.

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Results of the 2016 Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science program in history.

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Plan to attend the MSTA Annual Conference - Coming in March

The theme of the Michigan Science Teachers Association 64th Annual Conference is "Putting Legs on the New Science Standards". 

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Want to Offer an AP Computer Science Course?

The Michigan Math Science Centers Network, in partnership with, is bringing professional learning to educators to implement Advance Placement Computer Science Principles for high school students.

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Math In Action 2017 - February 25

Math in Action presents lively and informative discussions of current issues in mathematics education while providing an opportunity for practicing PreK – 12 teachers, prospective teachers, curriculum directors, and college and university faculty to share ideas, concerns, and resources.

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