From the Regional Math & Science Center at Grand Valley State University
February 2018 | Volume 25, Number 1
Fall In Love With Stem
The West Michigan chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-WM) is proud to present the third annual Fall in Love with STEM events in February 2018. STEM faculty and college students are hosting interactive workshops and activities for middle school students in various locations on two dates. Sample workshops and activities from past years include extracting DNA from bananas, building a structure with marshmallows and spaghetti, melting colors, dropping slow motion magnets, fun with bubbles, and many others.
Monthly Newsletter Features
RMSC Director’s Notes
Monthly Updates from the Director's Desk
Countdown to Michigan Science Olympiad
Connections for the STEM Classroom
Chronicles of Hypoxia: GVSU’s Time-Series Observatory Tracks Hypoxia and Ecosystem Changes in a Great Lakes Estuary – Muskegon Lake Area of Concern
by Bopi Biddanda, Tony Weinke and Katie Knapp, Annis Water Resources Institute
Calendar of Events
High School Seniors – Apply now for the Dockeray Scholarship
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.
Participate in the Roger That! Conference and Design Challenge
To commemorate the life of Roger B. Chaffee and the brave astronauts of Apollo 1, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Public Museum are co-hosting the second annual Roger That! conference on the weekend of February 16-17, 2018. Included in the conference are exhibits and presentations at the museum, including keynote speaker, Dr. Guion Bluford, the first African-American in space (see flier). Additionally, all 5th-8th grade students in the greater Grand Rapids area are invited to participate in the Design Challenge.
Attend Math in Action: Making Math Meaningful
On Saturday, February 24, Math in Action will present lively and informative discussions on current issues in mathematics education while providing an opportunity for practicing Pre K - 12 teachers, prospective teachers, curriculum directors, and college and university faculty to share ideas, concerns, and resources.
Computer Science Professional Learning for Teachers Coming to Grand Rapids
The Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network (MMSCN), through a grant from the MiSTEM Advisory Council and code.org, is pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity to support AP Computer Science Principles (grades 9-12) and Computer Science Discoveries (grades 6-10).
Van Andel Education Institute Offers Professional Learning for Teachers and Summer Camps for Students
Van Andel Education Institute is offering several workshops for teachers and a variety of summer camp opportunities for students.
Bring Discovering STEM Kits into Your Classroom
The Regional Math and Science Center (RMSC) of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) prides itself on being a leader in STEM education and literacy. Working with the local area k-12 schools, the RMSC provide various STEM activities and resources not only for educators to utilize, but also for students to learn beneficial skills in a fun, inviting way.
Kent ISD Offers Numerous Activities on Career Readiness and More
The Kent ISD is offering a diverse range of activities for students and teachers, including career days with representatives in industry.
Plan to attend the MSTA Annual Conference!
Register today for MSTA’s 65th Annual Conference in Lansing, MI on March 2-3, 2018! Don’t miss the opportunity to get prepared for the new MI Science State Standards Assessments.