From the Regional Math & Science Center at Grand Valley State University
May 2018 | Volume 25, Number 4

2018 Dockeray Scholarship Winners Announced!

Three Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships have been awarded for 2018. 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.  Dr. Dockeray serves as chairperson of the selection committee and takes an active role in the award process. 

Aleah Hahn, Philip LaPorte, and Kevin Wang have been chosen this year from over 40 applicants

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Monthly Newsletter Features

RMSC Director’s Notes

Monthly Updates from the Director's Desk
Early Childhood STEM

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Connections for the STEM Classroom

Engaging Youth with Coastal Awareness

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Calendar of Events



John Ball Zoo Offers Exhibit & Enrichment Design Challenges Workshop

The design challenges, for 4th-12th grade classrooms, offer students an opportunity to develop a solution to a 'real' problem faced by John Ball Zoo zookeepers while focusing heavily on the engineering design model.

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Visit the GVSU Curriculum Materials Library for Great Teaching Resources!

The Curriculum Materials Library provides K-12 educational resources, services, & equipment for check out and use by Grand Valley State University faculty, students, alumni, and the surrounding community!

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Join Us for Educators day at John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum

Educator Day at John Ball Zoo and the Grand Rapids Public Museum allows teachers an opportunity to learn about the programs offered to schools and teachers.

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Stats poster

2018 Michigan Statistics Poster Competition Results

There were more than 250 entries in the 16th annual Michigan Statistics Poster Competition for K-12 students. 

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Join Fellow Citizen Scientists for Upcoming Butterfly Counts

Gain citizen science experience participating in butterfly field studies.

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Butterfly count

OAISD to Offer Effective Use of Formative Assessment in the Classroom

Formative assessment is one of the most effective strategies for improving learning for all students.

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Biology: NextGen Storylines Unit Training

Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa ISD's are collaboratively hosting a FULL YEAR of BIOLOGY using 3 Life Science storylines from

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Fall Science Update

Fall Science Update Conference - Save the Date and Call for Presenters

The GVSU Regional Math and Science Center is excited to host the 35th annual Fall Science Update conference, which will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 on the GVSU Allendale campus!

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John Ball Zoo Offers Project WILD Workshop

This workshop includes three different WILD curriculum and activity guides and provides hands-on, engaging practices that allow educators to gain the experience and confidence needed to integrate outdoor/environmental curriculum into their classrooms.

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Air Quality Lessons Now Available

Check out free materials for educators, including K-12 air quality lesson plans at the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition’s website.

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OAISD offers Next Generation Science Exemplar-Based Professional Learning System

NGSX professional development integrates Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices into a new kind of professional development focused on three dimensional learning.

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Plan on Attending VAEI’s Science on the Grand: A STEAM Conference on Inquiry-Based Instruction

Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) will host its inaugural conference for K-12 teachers this July 16-17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Science on the Grand

Summer Science Modeling Workshops Available

Science Modeling courses are being offered this summer in high school biology, chemistry, and physics; as well as in middle school science.

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