November, 2019

Happy Belated Mole Day

I know it has past but if you did not get a chance on 10/23 to wish your favorite chemistry teacher or student(s) a happy Mole Day, it is never too late.

If you are not familiar with Mole Day, take a look at the link below:

And thanks to the Science Department at Elisabeth Ann Johnson High School for inviting me to Mole Day Breakfast!

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High School Subject Area Workshops

I know many of you do not want to be out of your classrooms but having time to work with other teachers who teach the same subject(s) as you can be invaluable.

It does not matter if you are the lone wolf or if you have someone else in your building that teaches the same subject as you-New ideas have value and they build on one and other.

A day out of your classroom participating in something like this pays dividends down the road.

So far, each of the high school subject areas has had a chance to meet. There is a second cohort in each of the subject areas that will meet during first semester.

If you have not been a participant yet, I highly encourage you to join the second cohort. We are planning on each cohort meeting twice a year.

Chemistry Cohort 2: (includes physical science/introduction to chemistry classes)

Biological Sciences Cohort 2: (includes anatomy & physiology)

Physics Cohort 2, Middle School Science Leaders, and Elementary Science Leaders dates to be announced.

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Visit the top ranked graduate Nuclear Physics School in the country

If you have not had a chance to visit the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), it is a great place to take your students.

Dr. Constran does a great job of explaining how they make new isotopes at FRIB and explaining the applications in their daily lives that has come from this type of research.

This is just an amazing place.

You can sign up here:

If you would like to learn more about nuclear physics or if you have students who want to, take a look at the Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) conference. It runs over the summer, but applications for teachers and students should go in as soon as the application process is opened.

I was a teacher participant in 2002. Learning from some of the foremost minds in the field was an unexpected and wonderful experience.

Bridge Building Competitions through the Michigan Department of Transportation

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is putting up a bridge building competition for high school and middle school students.

It is split into:

7th and 8th grades

9th and 10th grades

11th and 12th grades.

MDOT provides kits for each of the groups.

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Health in our Hands-Middle School Science Curriculum

Health in our Hands has been created through Create for STEM through Michigan State University.

It is a very well though Middle School application designed with NGSS in focus.

If you look at the pdf at the bottom of the linked website, you will find a more detailed explanation of their program.

They are also currently working on a high school curriculum.

If you would like more information, you can contact:

Renee Bayer



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Free science reading passages for all grade levels

Readworks is free to sign up.

There is certain to be science articles that can be used in your classes.

If you are looking for reading materials to supplement your instruction, it is worth your time to look through this site.!s0:373/q:/g:/t:/s:373/k:/cid:/f:0/pt:/features:/staff_picks:/sel:/

Integrating computation into your science classrooms

Integrating Computation in Science Across the Mitten (ICSAM) is an initiative that integrates coding into your physics classrooms.

Students are able to solve problems on paper or in a lab and then modify existing code to match the criteria of the problem or test their hypothesis. The term "model" comes up in NGSS terminology. This is something that has real value to that end.

There is a summer workshop. Tentative dates are from July 13th through 17th, 2020 at MSU.

Just so you are clear on this, you do not need to know anything about coding. They start you at the basics and work from there.

You will not need to write your own applications although by the end you probably will be able to do so. There are also activities in place for physics and chemistry.

Save the Date: Michigan Science Teacher Association Annual Conference

The 67th annual MSTA Conference will be March 6-7, 2020 at the Lansing Center/Radisson Hotel in Lansing, MI

I know it is a ways away but it worth adding to your calendar.

Free physics stuff......

Physics, physical science, middle school science teachers-take a look!

Physics Central is offering a free kit along with resources from previous years.

(courtesy of NSTA)

LifeChanger of the Year 2019-2020

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program recognizing K-12 educators and school employees across the country. This includes teachers, para educators, custodians, secretaries, principals, lunch personnel, school nurses, guidance counselors, anyone who is employed by a K-12 school district. Anyone can nominate up to 3 employees. Our program celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Program at Nomination deadline is December 31, 2019.

LifeChanger of the Year is sponsored by the National Life Group and the National Life Group Foundation. Since its inception in 2006, the goal of the National Life Group Foundation is to do good in the communities in which we live and work by supporting nonprofit and educational organizations.

(via Michigan Department of Education)

Michigan Nature Association Field Trip Grants

The Michigan Nature Association is a non-profit group whose purpose is to acquire, protect and maintain natural areas that contain examples of Michigan endangered and threatened flora, fauna, and other components of the natural environment, including habitat for fish, wildlife and plants of the state of Michigan and to carry on a program of natural history study and conservation education.

This grant is open to K-12 teachers, this grant is for $500. It has been created to encourage the development of hands on educational experiences in the outdoors. Details can be found here:

Michael Pillay

Science/STEM Coordinator

Genesee Intermediate School District

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