Advisory Council Grants
2020-2021 Grant Cycle
The Michigan Code.org team developed a list of code.org resources and teacher created resources for CS Fundamentals, CS Discoveries, and AP CS Principles. These resources are available for free use, revision, adaptation, and inspiration.
Audience: Educators teaching CS Fundamentals, CS Discoveries, or CS Principles
Camp Invention is a STEM summer program for grades K-6 that turns curious kids into innovative thinkers! Now more than ever, kids need fun, open-ended experiences that can help them build their problem-solving power and make their own creative mark on the world. That’s exactly what Camp Invention® delivers. Teaming up with certified local educators across the country, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® has provided safe and exciting summer camps for 30 years and counting! Each year, we develop and test a new hands-on camp program to get campers thinking, moving, exploring and creating. That’s why so many parents trust us to help kids build the mindset they need to thrive, now and in the future. Grand Valley State University in partnership with the Greater West Michigan MiSTEM Region is offering a free virtual camp in summer 2021. Click here for more details and to register.
Cereal City Science
Multiple K-12 Michigan teachers are transforming their community and school culture by leveraging Code.org resources. Across the state of Michigan, these teachers are committed to teach middle and high school computer science courses. Throughout all levels of the professional learning series, teachers are integrated within a community, transforming school culture, and collaborating across school districts. The CS Principles, CS Discoveries, and CS Fundamentals workshops are open to educators who are interested in teaching the Code.org courses. There is no prior computer science experience required to attend the workshops. These workshops provide a comprehensive curriculum that is accessible to all teachers at little to no cost to districts. Additional information is on the www.mi-coding.com website.
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) received funding, through the MiSTEM grants, to support STEM focused Place-Based Education professional development and projects within these hubs in our region:
Teachers grades 4-9: Created three pandemic-proof, project-based challenges for use in regions served by GLSI hubs and, with qualification, in MiSTEM regions that participate in the GLSI Consortium. Released one pandemic-proof, project-based challenge about storm water to OER.
Confidence in early mathematics is one of the leading indicators for future involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). To support Michigan’s vision for STEM education, Math Recovery has been identified as meeting many regional needs. One of the goals of Math Recovery® is to increase educator content knowledge and pedagogy through extensive professional learning. Michigan has been engaged in Math Recovery® programming for five years which has built our leadership capacity and has shown impacts on student achievement. To learn more about Math Recovery visit their website: https://www.mathrecovery.org/
- Parents and Community Members: Access to FREE resources to support PK – 5 learning at home. Resources include descriptions of key mathematical learning by grade level that includes links to activities, games, websites, and videos.
- Any Michigan Education: Access to resources that support PK – 5 learning that includes grade level content aligned videos of instructional methods, activities, lessons to deliver mathematics instruction.
- Math Recovery Trained Educators: Membership to Math Recovery has been extended until 9/30/21. Access to instructional slide decks and course 1 & 2 assessments. Instructions for accessing COVID-19 Response Math Recovery Resources
- Math Recovery Champions and Leaders:All of the above resources for Math Recovery Teachers. Course 1 & 2 course facilitation slide decks. Videos to support assessments.
Michigan Science Teacher and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR)
The grant dollars from the MiSTEM Advisory Council has allowed Mi-STAR to provide subscription scholarships for teachers in our Greater West Michigan Region. The cost this year will continue to be $50/teacher/year (reduced from $250/teacher/year). The subscription period is July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. Our region is also funding the training of additional Professional Learning Facilitators (PLFs) including food, lodging, and stipends.
- Created remote learning lessons and resources for each lesson that can be completed by students at home.
- Released a complete Mi-STAR Unit 6.4: “Protect Your Cell Phone: Forces and Motion” that can be accessed as a shared resource from Open Education Resource (OER).
- Initiated an online professional learning program for educators.
- Audience: Middle School Teachers
Modeling in Michigan
The Modeling Instruction in Michigan program provides professional development to Michigan secondary science teachers in Modeling Instruction. It is a comprehensive statewide program conceived and organized by lead members of the MiSTEM Network and Michigan Math-Science Network in partnership with Eastern Michigan University, the Detroit Metropolitan Area Physics Teachers and the American Modeling Teachers Association. For more information visit https://www.mimodelinginstruction.org/.
- Developed new instructional approaches for online learning in science that ensure engaging, higher level student thinking.
- Provided 14 free summer 2020 workshops around such approaches as Phase I COVID response.
- Planning two new sets of workshops for current academic year as Phase II COVID response.
- Audience: Science Teachers
The Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSx) focuses on the science and engineering practices of developing and using models, constructing explanations, and engaging in argumentation. During the 5-day sessions, K-12 teachers will learn and practice the pedagogical shifts in NGSS, engage with science content, and reflect on and adjust their own instruction.
- Creation of a Virtual Pathway (V-BNGST) to train teachers and facilitators on how to facilitate in a virtual setting
- Launched and ran a pilot with Michigan teachers and facilitators who participated in testing the Virtual Pathway materials and resources
- Designed concept for a MiSTEM/NGSX Michigan Facilitators Network to support Michigan teachers and facilitators
- Audience: Science Teachers
2019-2020 Grant Cycle
In January 2020, the MiSTEM Advisory Council awarded $3.05 million to 16 regional organizations covering every corner of the state for grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs that are listed in the STEMworks database, a repository of high-quality STEM programs that have gone through a rigorous review process.
The Greater West Michigan participated in the following consortia:
- Computer Science Discoveries, Fundamentals and Principles (Grand Valley State University)
- ASU Modeling Instruction – Modeling Instruction in Michigan (Oakland Schools)
- Math Recovery (Northern Michigan University)
- NGSX (Washtenaw Intermediate School District)
- Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (Copper Country ISD)
- Mi-STAR (Michigan Tech University)
The MiSTEM Network collaborated with the Advisory Council Grant Consortia STEM leaders to provide access to resources designed to support PreK – 12 students, families, teachers, and professional learning facilitators as they navigate educating in the time of COVID-19.
2018-2019 Grant Cycle
In February 2019, the MiSTEM Advisory Council awarded over $3 million in state grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs that are listed in the STEMworks database, a repository of high-quality STEM programs that have gone through a rigorous review process.
Ten different projects were funded including Michigan-developed Cereal City Science, Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (MiSTAR). Other grants went to projects that have built capacity in Michigan and have a proven track record for improving student engagement and achievement in STEM, including Math Recovery; AP Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Discoveries; Project Lead the Way (PLTW); TESLA/Next Generation Science Exemplars (NGSX); Engineering is Elementary; and Vex Robotics.