Science Resources

In an effort to support teachers and students during the school closings we have complied a list of digital resources.

These resources can be found in the document below:

Some of the middle school items can be used in high school and vice versa.

Something to consider, I taught a distance learning class for many years. There were a couple of occasions in which I had to be out of the class for an extended period. I left short 5 to 10 minute videos explaining the material to the students.

The feedback from the students in regard to this was very positive. Youtube is a tool you can use for this purpose. Just something to keep in mind.

If there are any resources you wish to share with your colleagues, feel free to send it my way. I can add to the google doc.

Take care Everyone,


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3/18/20 Update: Free 30 day membership in National Science Teaching Association

Just received this. I will be emailing it out to all of you as well as I imagine this newsletter may not be referred to repetitively.

March 17, 2020

Science Teaching During Coronavirus School Closures—NSTA Is Here to Help

As tens of thousands of schools across the country close their doors in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, teachers are scrambling to find materials and resources.

To support all educators during this difficult time, NSTA is offering a free 30-day membership, providing you with access to more than 12,000 digital professional learning resources and tools. Simply create an account here and start developing your own personalized digital learning experience.

Check out the online resources we have available, including our Interactive eBooks+, web seminars, and free book chapters. Or take advantage of our new lesson plans on the coronavirus for secondary and elementary students.

And mark your calendar for the # NGSSChat that will focus on distance learning this Thursday, March 19, at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

Check out the NSTA website daily for featured content and tips on how to use these resources.

3/19/20 UPDATE: Open Sci Ed is a free middle school curriculum

Please take a look at their email below.

The simulations could work for elementary and high school as well.

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Dear Colleagues,

We hope that you, your families, and the young people in your schools are safe and healthy. Across the country, many schools are closing, some for extended periods, with little lead time for teachers to prepare.

If you are in a school that is moving to remote instruction, you may be searching for curricular assets that lend themselves to asynchronous and online learning. The OpenSciEd units are designed and optimized for face to face instruction. Yet, there are elements of these freely available materials that you may find useful as you assemble a curriculum intended for online teaching.

OpenSciEd makes extensive use of simulations that allow students to explore scientific concepts. By adjusting the parameters and conditions of the illustrative models, students can make conjectures and test their assumptions about science. The simulations are freely available and can be used independently from our units. Visit our OpenSciEd Simulation Library to access the simulations.

OpenSciEd’s instructional model relies on five routines: Anchoring Phenomenon, Navigation, Investigation, Putting Pieces Together, and Problematizing that are described in great depth in our Teacher Handbook. Though these routines were designed for classroom learning, they could be adapted to serve students well in asynchronous and remote learning environments.

If you choose to explore using these tools in online instruction, we encourage you to collaborate by sharing strategies and adapted materials with other teachers. The following are channels by which you can work with peers making similar adaptations:

Our team is grateful for all the work you do to support the students across our country. We wish you health and peace in the days to come.


The OpenSciEd Team

3/20/20 Update: Carolina Biological's free lesson plans and resources K-8

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Carolina is committed to supporting educators, especially under these unique circumstances. We understand educators are working to quickly adapt both professionally and personally. Our team has put together weekly lesson plans with free resources (and no obligations) for K-5 science – life, earth, and physical. We’ve opened up Research Modules for 6-8 science and are developing a site for HS educators. We are doing this so you can allocate time to other areas and still provide quality science instruction to your students.

Science Resources for Learning from Home, Grades K–8

Top Categories. New - Physical & Earth Sciences. Browse the latest tools and resources for physical and earth sciences at Carolina. Carolina Biological Supply has everything you need to complete your classroom environmental science experiments.

We’re here to support educators with these resources and other questions you may have.

Stephanie Solofra | Carolina Biological Supply Co.
(336) 214-2583 |

3/23/20 Update: Capstone Publishing has made content available


These resources will be free for at least the next 90 days.

Capstone Interactive eBooks

eBooks with audio, music and sound effects.

3,800+ FREE eBooks for the next 3 months during this emergency. K-6+

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PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next. Engaging content as literacy research databases for K-2 and 3-5th grades+. PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next provide access to meaningful nonfiction content for grades K-5+. Real voice and highlighted audio helps even the youngest learners or EL students access rich nonfiction.


Grades K-2

Modules: Science, Social Studies, Animals, Biographies and Dinosaurs

Spanish Modules: Animales, Biografías, Ciencia and Estudios Sociales

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PebbleGo Animals and Science modules are always free to Michigan through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

PebbleGo Next

Grades 3-5+

Modules: States, Science, American Indian History, Social Studies and Biographies

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3/23/20 Update Continued.....

3/24/20 Update: From the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN)

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3/25/20 Update: Live Labs from Flinn Scientific and Mosa Mack

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Live Labs from Flinn Scientific tomorrow, Thursday 3/26/20

We’re excited!

Watch the first of our Flinn At-Home Live Labs: Lab 1-Chemical Reactions this Thursday!

Tune in to this LIVE lab event Thursday, 3/26 at 1pm CST where your students will learn “Where does the energy released by a chemical reaction come from?” as well as “What happens when something burns – is it destroyed?”

This engaging and interactive 50-minute lab at-home activity features:

  • Completing a full lab with sample data and student worksheets, allowing students to experience everything they would normally do in a lab (except the physical manipulation of lab equipment)
  • A demonstration of lab techniques and data collection, introduce important concepts and connect the science to things observable in the natural world
  • Easy access to Google documents that can be shared and copied

With our LIVE Lab Series, students don’t miss out on the lab experience, despite being at-home. This lab experience will take 50 minutes— the same as standard class period.

Attend this special event for students and teachers: LIVE showing of this lab series conducted by one of our leading scientists:

Thursday, 3/26 at 1pm CST. Click here for details.

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Student Documents

To view the full schedule of current Live labs, click here.

Flinn Scientific | P.O. Box 219, Batavia, IL 60510
LIVE CHAT : Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. CT

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Live Event from Mosa Mack on Friday, 3/27/20

Have your students join our broadcast and interact with a live teacher while doing a fun experiment! Join us for:

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning on Facebook Live
Friday, March 27
Noon ET / 9:00 a.m. PT

To sign up, head to our Facebook page and click "Get Reminder."

Join The Facebook Live Event

Mosa Mack Science is free for all users during school closures.

More Remote Learning Resources

Recorded Webinar: Using Mosa Mack Remotely

View the lessons best for home use

Go to Mosa Mack

Need to switch your free unit to Claim-Evidence-Reasoning and the Scientific Method? Reach out here.

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3/26/20 Update: At home activities from Flinn Scientific

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I am including the link below. There are activities for high school, middle school, and STEM.

3/27/20 Update: Amplify has made some of their material accessible until July 1st


Quality learning
at home

We know it can be hard to sort through the many lists of possible resources to use with students at home—and to figure out which ones will truly advance learning during this unusual time. To help educators and families, we’ve pulled from our top-rated programs to create a series of remote learning experiences that are high-quality, easy to use at home, and totally free.

Grades K-5 Grades 6-8


Lesson videos for students

Self-guided videos that teach students how to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers.

by AmplifyScience


Independent skills practice

Game-based adventures that provide students with instruction and practice in foundational reading skills.

by AmplifyReading

Read aloud lesson videos for students (K‑2)

Students go on a Knowledge Journey through American history to learn about Colonial America, how the United States became a nation, and the War of 1812. They watch videos, listen to read-alouds, and discover new words.

by AmplifyCKLA

Novel guides (3-5)

Students dive deep into award-winning novels through writing and reflection, practicing vocabulary, and grappling with questions that promote social-emotional learning.

by AmplifyCKLA

Guided skills practice

Resources for families to practice and reinforce important literacy skills at home.

by mCLASS©

More Resources

The Science of Reading podcast

Science of Reading: The Podcast delivers the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Each episode takes a conversational approach and explores a timely topic related to the science of reading.

Amplify Facebook

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest remote learning offerings.

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Have questions?
We have answers.
Check out our help page.


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Amplify Education, Inc. 55 Washington St #800, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Core Knowledge® and related trademarks are the property of the Core Knowledge Foundation. DIBELS® is a registered trademark of the University of Oregon. The Lawrence Hall of Science is a trademark of the Regents of the University of California.

4/6/20 Update

I am adding the items below to the google doc at the top of this smore with the exception of the live events. However, please check the google doc for items that may not be in the smore updates.

Teachers Paying Teachers offering free access until June 30th

This site has links to free and discounted resources. It is another one of those sites with a lot of material. Covers all grade levels.

Live Event for Elementary school students: Mystery Doug

Mystery Science is having a live event on April 7th at 1 pm EST

Phenomenon-based, Interactive STEM Stories

Digital stories where K-5 students are reading and doing STEM!

A lot of resources for K-12 in Science, Math, ELA, and more...

4/7/20 Update

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Webinar: Tips and Tricks from a Virtual Modeling Instructor

Please join MSELA for a Q&A with Amy Stirling, an administrator, science teacher, and AMTA modeling instructor around distance learning. She currently works at a virtual academy.

Audience: Science teachers and leaders across the state

Day and Time: Thursday April 9, 2:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting,

Meeting ID: 712 881 4019

Password: 414266

One tap mobile +19292056099,,7128814019# US (New York)

Britannica LaunchPacks

Has content for multiple grade levels. Each lesson has videos, images, and articles.

From the Emerson Collective

The Emerson Collective has gathered resources to help teachers facilitate online/virtual learning.

4/8/20 Update

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TCI has made their curriculum available

Sign up is required. They have an NGSS aligned curriculum for both Elementary and Middle School (and Middle School integrated).

4/9/20 Update

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Flinn Scientific Live Lab today at 2pm EST

Flinn is having another live lab. Looks like it is on the different types of chemical reactions so if you have chemistry or physical science, this should be of interest.

I encourage you to keep an eye of this link. Hopefully, Flinn will continue to do these events.

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Just received an update from Carolina Biological

I am including the message from Carolina below:

Carolina has been busy adding and updating free resources to help support educators with helping students continue to learn while away from the classroom.


We’re here to support educators with these resources and other questions you may have.

4/13/20 Update

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Information from Distance Learning Webinar

I am sharing the recording and materials from the Distance Learning Webinar by Amy Stirling from last week. There is a lot of information but it is well worth your time to go through it. This information is not limited to resources. It also includes best practices and maybe things you have not considered such as how does the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) apply in this setting.

Slides of the Presentation:

Video recording of Webinar

This is the transcript from the chat from the webinar. There are a lot of resources that are shared in the transcript.

4/14/20 Update

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Webinar for MiSTAR teachers: Need to register now

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, 4/15/20 by noon.

Registration link:


“Remote Learning with Mi-STAR: Ideas and Solutions”

THURSDAY April 16 from 3:00-4:30 PM

With Megan Coonan of Saginaw ISD, Wendi Vogel of Kent ISD, and Mi-STAR staff.

Please register here to receive the Zoom link and password.

Please bring one resource - article, video, online activity - you have found to share at the session.


  • Presentation: “Remote Learning with Mi-STAR: Ideas and Solutions” (Wendi Vogel and Mi-STAR Teachers)

    • Focus on the First Week - Wendi Vogel

    • Teacher Highlights: Hear from three Mi-STAR teachers about what they are planning to do.

  • Breakout rooms (Facilitated by Mi-STAR PLFs and staff)

    • What are you doing or thinking of doing?

    • What else do you think you need?

  • Update on Mi-STAR Resources - Mi-STAR Staff

    • New, Short SEP lessons - see flyer

    • Clearinghouse- Organize resources by unit for teachers - reinforce prior learning

    • Wisdom from STEM Teaching Tools and Sample learning menu

  • Group Share-out of Resources (Padlet)

  • Next check-in Thursday May 7 from 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

New updated resource page from the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab

The National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab/Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State has a new resource page.

Earth Science Standards still a concern.....

Dr. Constan was kind enough to join the Chemistry Teachers workshop a few months back to give us information on the Big Bang Theory. It was a great help especially since we are working with the Earth and Space Science Standards in NGSS.

The following is from Dr. Constan

Tune in to the MSU Science Festival facebook page at noon this Saturday for my live presentation about the origins of elements in our universe, “(almost) 14 Billion Years of Nuclei”.

4/15/20 Update

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Water Quality Learning Packets

Thank you to Autumn Mitchell of the Flint River Watershed coalition for sharing this information.

  • The Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) team is adapting some of their resources to meet current needs (selected for packet and digital use and for limited need for additional materials). They have passed along these two learning packets for current use:

More Water Quality Resources from the Flint River Watershed BRIDGES Program

Of note within the Multimedia and Printable Activities link:

  • (Local- Flint River) Terrain 360 will allow your students to take a digital 360 degree view the Flint River near your sample site. You could use this alongside historical data on the GREEN website to determine water quality in previous years.
  • (NGSS) NOAA Data in the Classroom has six related modules. These can be downloaded as powerpoints and printed as pdfs for packet needs. Skills include chart and map reading, data analysis, and inquiry challenges. I especially like the Estuarine Module as it relates the best to water quality.
  • (Great Lakes) Alliance for the Great Lakes HOMESchool Blog: Weekly Great Lakes Lessons

4/16/20 Update

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Tool to help with your virtual learning classes

A bit of a late update today. This came up in a meeting earlier. I have not used it but it seems to be working well for those who have used it. I would welcome your feedback as to its value.

It is supposed to well with the google apps.

Here is a tutorial

4/20/20 Update

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The updates for this s'more may slow a bit. It seems like most of the valuable resources are out there now and I do not want to send out information that would not be beneficial. That being said, if there is something you need just email me.

If you have something you believe would help your colleagues facilitate online/virtual teaching and learning, please share that as well. I can send it out in this s'more.

CPALMS comes out of Florida. You will have to request access. It has resources for elementary and middle school. There are high school biology resources. Realistically, the middle school physical science can also be adapted for high school.

4/23/20 Update

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From the National Science Teaching Associations

NGSS@NSTA Classroom Resources

Check out these NGSS@NSTA Classroom Resources vetted by NSTA teacher curators. This week's focus is life science.

From the Institute of Physics

There are simulations and videos as part of their resource page. It is adaptable to several grade levels.

They also have a discussion page that is worth looking through

This is also part of their website. While it may not be too applicable right now with online learning, it is something you may still find interesting. It even has instructions for building your own Geiger-Müller tube and other devices.

4/24/20 Update

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Assessment Webinar

This webinar might be worth an hour of your time. The question of grading and reporting during the COVID-19 shutdown is the main topic of discussion.

The webinar is scheduled for 4/24/20 from 4pm to 5pm.

4/28/20 Update

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Webinar: An Educator's Guide to teaching over Zoom


Zoom provides a secure unified communications platform for education, featuring flawless video, wireless content sharing, and chat to foster student learning and administration communication.

As educators across the globe transition to teaching over Zoom, come learn everything you need to know to get started. Zoom experts will walk you through the basics of the Zoom Meetings platform. In this webinar, you will learn:

- How to schedule a meeting/office hours
- Tips for managing your online classroom
- Helpful features and more!

Let us help you get started. If you can’t attend, no problem! Register anyway and we will send you a link to the recording.

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K-5 STEM and Science Resources from Parent Vault

There are activities parents can do at home with their children, lesson plans, and even live streaming of classes for K-5 students.

Article on Distance Learning/Virtual Classrooms

This article includes links and tools that could prove useful with your online classes.

4/29/20 Update

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From the Laboratory Safety Institute

The LSI has created a resource page with links to other groups providing support.

There is a lot of chemistry resources but also many simulations and math and science games for grades 3-8

Online Learning eNews

More resources in the links in this s'more. It encompasses more than science so feel free to share with your colleagues in the other subject areas.

4/30/20 Update

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Recording: Webinar on Formative Assessment in Online Learning

This webinar is on using the formative assessment process to enhance student learning in an online environment.

If you find this webinar recording to be of value, the next live event in this series is listed below. I will post the recording if I am able to access it.

Formative Feedback: Navigating the complexity of engaging student thinking

May 6, 2020

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Details and Registration are available now. Recorded webinar will be made available after the event to all registered participants.

5/1/20: Happy May! Some Recorded Webinars in today's update

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An Educator's Guide to Teaching with Zoom

This is the webinar recording from a few nights ago. Even if you are not using Zoom to teach your online classes, this is something of value as we look ahead.

You may even consider Zoom if you want to speak to your colleagues if you are planning on department meetings or working on classes together.

webinar on grading and reporting during the era of COVID-19

This webinar was on April 28th facilitated by Ken O' Conner.

We hope you can join us for the next webinar in this series, where Ken O’Connor will join Michigan educators in exploring how we can take what we’re learning about grading and reporting practices that support learning into the 2020-21 school year will.

Grading and Reporting: What are we learning from COVID-19?

June 15, 2020; 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Details and Registration are available now. Recorded webinar will be made available after the event to all registered participants.


Michigan Assessment Consortium

5/5/20 Update

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State wide roundtable on distance learning

Hosted by the Michigan Science Education Leadership Foundation on Fri, May 8, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT


Get together with other educators across the state to discuss what is working in distance learning, and what challenges you are facing. If you have ideas, share them; if you need ideas, take them. There will be few highlighted tools to consider as well, but most time will be spent in breakout sessions sharing resources. Join us!

A zoom link will be sent out the day prior to the event to those registered.

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Creating a "Virtual" MakerSpace

Creating a "Virtual" MakerSpace

Learn how to use Zoom, Online tools, and STEM Fuse lesson plans to create authentic learning experiences for your students.

Virtual MakerSpace Webinar: Register Here
Wednesday 5/6 @ 2pm - 3pm
Thursday 5/7 @ 2pm - 3pm
Tuesday 5/12 @ 11am - 12pm
***Times listed in CDT

Audience: K-12 Teachers & Administrators

STEM Fuse has surveyed over 14,000 teachers and adminstrators, and the 2 biggest "issues" they identified during this crises are- 1. Teachers and Students need more training with the tools and technology given to them & 2. Students need access to authentic learning experiences.

This webinar was designed to address those 2 concerns and to get students excited about learning again!

Here's what you will learn:
- How to incorporate Engineering into any K-12 Subject
- How to use Scratch for Coding
- How to use TinkerCAD for 3D Design
- How to connect students to secondary and careers
- How to set up a Distance Learning Class
- How to communicate with Zoom
- How to use these tools and lessons back in the classroom
- How to use Core standards and NGSS & CSTA

No cost involved for any of the lesson plans or tools, and teachers will be ready to go immediately following the webinar!

5/7/20 Update

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From PBS for all Grades

This is their material for science

They also have free resources for other subject areas. Please share with your colleagues as you see fit.

5/11/20 Update

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From Carolina Biological......

Dear Educator,

The Smithsonian Science Education Center connects student literacy to science in the real world through Smithsonian Science Stories™.

This grades 1–5 literacy series is now available free of charge at Science Resources for Learning at Home. The series provides on- and below-grade English readers as well as Spanish readers to assist English language learners.

Support remote learners through the expertise of the Smithsonian with access to these free digital e-books at

Not finding what you’re looking for or have a question? Email us at


Your friends at Carolina

5/15/20 Update

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Applicable to all subjects: A chemistry teacher's online class

If you are not a chemistry teacher, this set up is still a great reference.

If you teach chemistry or physical science, Josh Kenney's has his class laid out including links to videos he has made on chemistry instruction.

5/21/20 Update

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Some Resources from the NSTA

Check out these NGSS@NSTA Classroom Resources vetted by NSTA teacher curators. This week's focus is life science.

5/26/20 Update

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Summer STEM Challenge From Wayne State University

Free summer opportunity for rising high school students across Michigan

Students will work for 6 weeks in teams of four to solve one of five social issues that have been chosen by a panel of faculty and staff from WSU, and representatives from MDE.

Students will

  • have a collegiate mentor they will virtually meet with two times a week
  • attend optional virtual workshops on Friday that feature some of the lead STEM researchers, professors and business professionals out of the Wayne State Community. Students get the chance to talk to professionals in the workshop. (WSU has already assembled a call list of professionals and faculty that are willing to extend their knowledge to the students at any time throughout the challenge)
  • At the end of the challenge students will send in a 6-8-minute video explaining their solution, as well as a 2,000 word informal research paper.

The main idea is to have students be creative with all aspects of STEM while looking at the social impact of what their invention or program has, and how it effects not only the people struggling directly, but also everyone else.

The prize as of right now for first place is $2,500 in WSU scholarship per team member

If students don't have a team when they register, they will be put into teams with other single-entry students from around the state.

Registration for the STEM Challenge is open, registration ends June 15. The Challenge officially starts on June 22.

Virtual College Fair

Please share with your students

Following is information about a virtual college fair that will be held this week highlighting programs, resources, and the campuses of Michigan’s 25 independent colleges and universities.

The event is open to high school sophomores and juniors, as well as graduating seniors who have not finalized college plans following graduation. The fair will take place on May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 27 from 2 to 5 p.m., and May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Michael Pillay

Science/STEM Coordinator

Genesee Intermediate School District

Education and Learning