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

May 2017 | Volume 24, Number 4

RMSC Welcomes New Director, Kris Pachla

Kristofer Pachla has been named the new director of the Grand Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center.

Pachla brings to the university a vast and varied background working in both K-12 and higher education.

Before joining GVSU, Pachla served as a science education analyst in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation.

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Kris Pachla

Connections for the STEM Classroom

GVSU faculty and area experts provide engaging ideas on current topics in research and education
Dean Antczak Addresses Michigan Science Olympiad Crowd

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Calendar of Events


2017 Dockeray Scholarship Winners Announced

Three Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships were awarded for 2017. The scholarships are granted to graduating seniors from Kent, Ottawa, or Muskegon counties who plan to pursue a career in the sciences.  The scholarships are offered in honor of Mary Jane Dockeray, founding curator of the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids.


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2017 Michigan Statistics Poster Competition Results

There were more than 400 entries in the 15th annual Michigan Statistics Poster Competition for K-12. 

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GVSU Region Receives Awards and Accolades at 2017 MSTA Conference

In March, the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) held its 2017 Annual Conference at the Showcase Collection in Novi, Michigan. 

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Understanding Stereotype Threat in Mathematics

By Kathryn Coffey, Education Specialist, GVSU Department of Mathematics

Engagement and motivation are essential elements to learning, however, it is the experience of many teachers that it can be very difficult to engage students, especially in mathematics.

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SME Launches New High School Membership Program Focusing on STEM and CTE

SME, an organization that trains and develops the manufacturing workforce, has launched a high school membership program to educate the next generation on the value of STEM and CTE programs as they relate to advanced manufacturing and support highly skilled careers within the community of manufacturing.  

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Plan to Attend Fall Science Update

The Regional Math and Science Center cordially invites you to attend Fall Science Update on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 on the Allendale campus.  Take time to connect with colleagues and discover how to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning.

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Wittenbach Wege Center Offers Summer Camps

This summer we offer two SUMMER CAMP opportunities, Junior Master Naturalist (JMN) and Junior Master Gardener (JMG). 

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Join Kent ISD for SCICON - May 17

SCICON is a mini-conference in Kent County. This year’s theme is "Creating Teachable Moments" Focusing on Michigan Science Standards/NGSS.

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NGSX: The Next Generation Science Exemplar Learning System for Science Offered by Kent ISD

The Next Generation Science Exemplar System for Professional Development, or NGSX 2.0, is a discourse based Professional Learning environment designed to engage participants in exploring the major ideas found in the NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), developing tools and strategies to take this new vision back into their classrooms as they implement the new Michigan Science Standards.

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Opportunities for Butterflies and Citizen Science

Teachers and/or students, and families have an opportunity for citizen science discovery and exposure to outdoor field studies.

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Participate in Educator Day at Zoo & Public Museum - August 8

Teachers - enjoy a free day exploring John Ball Zoo and the Grand Rapids Public Museum while learning about the education programs available to you and your classroom. 

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Join the Science Assessment Writing Team with KISD and MAISD

Apply to join the MDE Science Assessment Consultants to write classroom level science assessments aligned to the new Michigan Science Standards.

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