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

December 2016 | Volume 23, Number 8


Roger B. Chaffee was born February 15, 1935 in Greenville, Michigan and moved to Grand Rapids to become one of the city’s favorite sons. An engineer, pilot and astronaut, Chaffee lost his life during a tragic fire during what seemed to be a routine test of the Apollo 1 spacecraft on January 27, 1967.

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Roger That

Connections for the STEM Classroom

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

Data, Data Everywhere: R You Ready?
By John Gabrosek and David Zeitler, GVSU, Dept. of Statistics

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Calendar of Events


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

To commemorate the life of native son, Roger B. Chaffee, and the brave astronauts of Apollo 1, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Public Museum are hosting a symposium on the weekend of February 10 - 11, 2017.

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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.  

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Making Math Meaningful

Math in Action presents lively and informative discussions of current issues in 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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2016 Christmas Bird Count

Join the bird count at 7:30 a.m. on 31 Dec, 2016 at Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Center (WWC), 11715 Vergennes Rd. in Lowell, Michigan 49331.

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Consider a College Internship Opportunity at Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary

2017 Internships are designed with student goal focus and college instructor guidance to meet education goals and to meet the needs for Ody Brook Sanctuary biodiversity management and environmental education goals.

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Take A Luminary Hike At The Wittenbach Wege Center

On Saturday, December 10, come and celebrate a December WWC tradition! As you meander through the forest on a Luiinary path, any time between 5 and 9, p.m. you'll enjoy the serenity of the forest at night.

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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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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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Save the Date: MSTA Annual Conference

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

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Support the RMSC!

For over 25 years, the Regional Math and Science Center has been providing services and programming to area K-12 schools, the greater Grand Rapids community, and Grand Valley State University.

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Plan to Attend MISTEMTalk17 in January!

Three-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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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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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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NGSX Offered this Winter at OAISD

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District will be offering Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSX) professional development starting in January. 

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