The Department of Homeland Security provides educators with resources to educate all students on the secure use of today's ever-evolving technologies at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies site. This site offers educators at all levels resources to teach, compete in cyber competitions, and scholarships.
The Saginaw Community Foundation has released two grant opportunities for Saginaw County schools and teachers. Please see below for more information regarding the Louis and Karen Constan Science Education Fund Grant and the Grants for Excellence Program. Applications for both grants are due by November 1st. Good luck!
Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the Invasive Carp Challenge is now accepting proposals for innovative methods to prevent invasive (or Asian) carp from entering the Great Lakes. The Invasive Carp Challenge is designed to tap into the creative minds of people around the world to join the government and research community in enhancing existing research and tools while developing new, innovative solutions. The challenge will accept solutions in any phase of development, from concept to design to field-tested models, specifically aimed at preventing invasive carp movement into the Great Lakes.
Written proposals will be accepted online through InnoCentive’s Challenge Center through Oct. 31, 2017. One or more solutions will share up to $700,000 in cash awards provided by the State of Michigan. Once registered, solvers can see a detailed description of the challenge, review existing deterrent technologies for invasive carp and submit their proposed solutions.
Orion’s Quest is an internet delivered program for upper elementary, middle and high school students that seeks to reach the “Next Generation of Explorers”. Orion’s Quest (OQ) missions allow students to participate in ongoing space-based research. Live missions (those currently in space) usually take place during a single semester while virtual missions (previously conducted in space) are available online throughout the school year. Students participate in NASA research through analysis of photo or video data from current experiments being conducted by a NASA scientist. Student data will be reviewed and, if appropriate, included in the research databases.
For a case studies by teachers who have used missions in their classrooms and to see missions, view: Orion's Quest Brochure (1,334kB)
To apply, go to www.orionsquest.org, or contact Tom Drummond at (734) 546-0556, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saginaw Valley State University hosted the 2nd annual STEM teachers dinner for approximately 100 K-12th grade educators on February 11, 2016. Dr. Greg Johnson, science consultant for the Wayne Mathematics and Science Center, spoke on “Engineering in the Michigan Science Standards” as part of the program. His Engineering “Engineering in the Michigan Science Standards (7,532kB) and resources mentioned are below.
What is STEM Education? Please go to www.resa.net/stem
What might STEM Education look like in my classroom? Please go to http://www.resa.net/stemshowcase
How do I integrate STEM and Project Based Learning? http://www.resa.net/curriculum/curriculum/science/technology/integrating-stem-and-project-based-learning/
Engineering is Elementary resources can be found at www.eie.org and Engineering Adventures units can be found here http://eie.org/engineering-everywhere/curriculum-units.
Here are the web sites to down load the free teacher lesson plan manuals (educator guides) and student notebook materials (for the 2 units mentioned):
https://www.ngssphenomena.com/how-to-use-phenomena/ Resources to begin to approach phenomena-driven instruction and how to leverage phenomena for use in a 3 dimensional instructional unit
The documents below can be found at http://www.resa.net/curriculum/curriculum/science/professionaldevelopment/ngss-pd/ngss-handouts/