SCIENCE/STEM NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER, 2019

Upcoming High School Professional Development/Workshops

Here are some upcoming dates for high school workshops


I am planning on two cohorts for each subject area. Each cohort will have 20 teachers or less so that we can work together more effectively and really make some progress towards how to meet NGSS through inquiry based student centered learning.


We will work together in coming up with multiple ways to approach instruction in the topics covered in your respective subject areas.



  • Biological Sciences Cohort 1: October 15th at Ligon Outdoor Center
https://catalog.geneseeisd.org/catalog/eventdetails/698


  • Physics Cohort 1: October 29th at Ligon Outdoor Center

https://catalog.geneseeisd.org/Catalog/EventDetails/708


  • Chemistry Cohort 2: November 5th at Ligon Outdoor Center
https://catalog.geneseeisd.org/catalog/eventdetails/697


Each workshop will run from 8 am to 3 pm


Each cohort should be able to meet at least once during second semester.

Ligon Conference Center

Ligon Conference Center

Middle School and Elementary School Professional Development/Workshops

I will be attending a conference on Middle School science in November and will work towards dates for Middle School and Elementary workshops after that.


Coming from a high school setting, I would welcome any input from both Middle School and Elementary teachers as to their needs in the classroom.


Feel free to call me at 591-4470 or email me at mpillay@geneseeisd.org. Dialogue in this regard would be invaluable in planning pd that best meets what you need for your students.

Teacher Open House Dates at Ligon Outdoor Center

If you have not had a chance to go out to Ligon, we have two open house dates.


October 9th, 5 pm to 7 pm

October 15th, 5 pm to 7 pm


Jason Bentley, Ligon Ranger, will be taking you on a tour of the facilities. If you are late, no problem. They are giving me a walkie talkie so hopefully, I can get you to the tour group or you can look around on your own.


Your families are also welcome. If you have not been there before, you will be surprised.


There are several Elementary programs at Ligon. Middle School and High School activities are currently being designed.


They will range from more basic to activities appropriate for your advanced placement or honors classes. Look for those next school year. This year is set aside for planning and testing.


Keep in mind, Ligon is free to use for teachers in Genesee County.


http://ligon.geneseeisd.org/


5213 East Farrand Road
Clio, Michigan 48420

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MSU Science Art Exhibit


On Saturday, October 19th, 2019, the MSU Science Communication Organization (MSU SciComm) will be hosting multiple science art events and a science-art exhibition all in one day!





-11am-5pm @ Abrams Planetarium: Tours of FRIB on the dome and science activities



-11am-5pm @ FRIB auditorium: Science Art Exhibition



-2pm-4:30 pm @ Wharton Center for Performing Arts: Live Science Art Show




Tickets to these events are FREE and open to the public! Individuals interested in attending the Live Science Art Show should visit the Wharton Center Ticket Office to pick up tickets.


We have something for all ages, so bring your friends, family, and friend's family to enjoy a day of science art.

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Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)

Tours of FRIB are part of the at the MSU Science Art Exhibit on October 19th.


This is an amazing facility and it houses the #1 graduate nuclear physics program in the United States.


FRIB was formerly the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab (NSCL).


Hope to see you there.


https://frib.msu.edu/about/index.html

Become a Michigan Green School

This is for any school, private or public from elementary through high school. Your students can become involved in various projects to safeguard and preserve the environment. There are different levels of achievement for your school-green, emerald, and evergreen.


Schools that achieve one of these levels are recognized by the Governor.


Please take a few minutes to review their website. This is a great way to promote students becoming aware of issues around them and promotes responsibility and awareness of non-renewable resources.


http://www.michigangreenschools.us/

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Michigan 4-H MSU Institute of Ag Technology Campus Tour Trip

This 2-day event will provide students an opportunity to visit 6 college campuses throughout Michigan. All campuses visited offer certificate programs through MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology. Learn about potential career opportunities in the agriculture industry and the training needed to pursue it. Bus transportation will be provided, with pickup locations in Mt. Pleasant and East Lansing.


Michigan 4-H MSU Institute of Ag Technology Campus Tour Trip

October 10-11, 2019

Open to students in 8-12 grade

$75

Register online: https://events.anr.msu.edu/IATcampustour19/
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