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

November 2016 | Volume 23, Number 7

Fall Science Update Conference November 16 - Register Today!

Join us for the 32nd annual Fall Science Update hosted by the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University.  The conference will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 on the GVSU Allendale campus.

Join us to learn how to make the implementation of the new Michigan K–12 Science Standards a reality in your classroom. New this year — a conference strand for school administrators. Take time to connect with colleagues and discover how to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning.

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Tracy Horodyski

Tracy Horodyski, Michigan Department of Education Teacher of the Year and Fall Science Update Elementary Keynote speaker

Connections for the STEM Classroom

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

Finding a Lake’s Productivity Peak and Nap Time
by Bopi Biddanda and Anthony Weinke, Annis Water Resources Institute

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Calendar of Events


Participate in the 2016 Hour of Code!

Over the last three years the Hour of Code has reached more than 100 million students in over 180 countries. Last year, you helped make this the largest learning event in history, with record participation from girls and underrepresented minorities.

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3-Dimensional Science Learning and the new Michigan Science Standards challenge us all! Join us to hear about the CHALLENGES and SOLUTIONS of other science teachers. Acquire ideas from these short, engaging presentations (TED-style) from Michigan and national science teachers, K-12 through higher education.

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Michigan Science Olympiad Region 12 Update

Read about coaches meetings, grants, registration and more!

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NGSX Training Offered in Kent County

If you are a science teacher looking to understand the vision and pedagogy behind the new Michigan Science Standards, consider NGSX, a national exemplar professional development using high leverage tools that alter how your science instruction looks in the classroom.

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A Celebration of Space Exploration in Honor of Roger B. Chaffee - February 2017

Roger B. Chaffee is one of Grand Rapids' favorite sons. An engineer, pilot and astronaut, Chaffee lost his life during a tragic fire during a routine test of the Apollo 1 spacecraft on January 27, 1967.  In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 accident, Grand Valley State University, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund seek to honor Chaffee during a two-day celebration of space exploration.

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GVSU and the Grand Rapids Public Museum Announce the Roger That! Design Challenge

We invite interested 6th-12th grade students in the greater Grand Rapids area to participate in the Roger That! Design Challenge. Separate awards will be presented for 6th - 8th grade and 9th - 12th grade based on juried competition and popular vote.

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Workshop for Elementary Teachers - Word Problems, Childrens Strategies, and Understanding Addition and Subtraction

Attend a workshop for elementary school teachers (especially grades K-2), math coaches, & administrators.

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WGVU Shares Education Programs!

Check out free educational materials and contests for your students and teachers!

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Explore Science at GRCCs Community Science Day

Come enjoy free, interactive, science and health-related activities for all ages on Saturday, Nov. 19 on GRCC’s main campus.

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NCTM Problem of the Month

Classroom teachers are encouraged to pose these monthly math problems to their students and submit creative solutions to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics magazine.

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