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  • 4-H Science Blast in the Class! Teacher's Guide

    Description:

    This curriculum includes a variety of hands-on lesson plans, including experiments for first grade through high school. Lessons are grouped by grade level within content areas. Materials can be used in a variety of formal and informal environments.

  • Abrams Planetarium

    Location:

    S. Shaw Ln, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Abrams Planetarium serves as an astronomy and space science education resource center. The Planetarium offers a variety of shows to preschool through senior citizens and promotes skywatching with publications, press releases, and public observing sessions. The Planetarium houses an exhibit hall with a book and gift counter, a blacklight gallery of astronomical art, and a hemispherical domed sky theatre.

  • Abrams Planetarium Group Instructional Programs

    Location:

    S. Shaw Lane, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Abrams Planetarium offers a variety of single-visit instructional programs dealing with astronomical topics for a variety of age groups. Programs on stars, constellations, planets, and the moon are available for preschool and elementary children. Higher level classes are offered on additional topics. Detailed descriptions are found on the website. Teachers who desire a more intensive experience should consider bringing their class for more than one presentation. Two or more programs can be scheduled as a multiple-visit series.

  • Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar

    Description:

    MSU's Abrams Planetarium offers the Sky Calendar, which promotes skywatching for people of all ages. The sheet for each month takes the form of a calendar; diagrams in the boxes invite the reader to track the moon's rapid motion past the planets and bright stars of the zodiac, as well as to follow the more leisurely pace of the planets in their conjunctions with bright stars and other planets. The Sky Calendar has become the nation's most highly illustrated easy-to-follow guide to sky events. It is reproduced by classroom teachers for their students, by planetariums and astronomy clubs for their members, and by park interpreters for audiences at sky talks. A full-year subscription is available, starting any time.

  • Aquatic Invasive Species Fact Sheets

    Location:

    http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/publications/fact-sheets/aquatic-invasive-species/ 

    Description:

    MSU Extension, through the Michigan Sea Grant, provides fact sheets on the following aquatic invasive species:

    • Aquatic Invasive Species in Michigan
    • Asian Carp
    • Ballast Water
    • Eurasian Watermilfoil
    • Phragmites Removal and Monitoring
    • Purple Loosestrife in Michigan
    • Quagga Mussel
    • Sea Lamprey
    • Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in the Great Lakes
    • Zebra Mussel
  • Catch a Cosmic Ray Tour and Classroom Lesson

    Location:

    National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    For those classes of physics students who want to go beyond the tour, here's a chance to delve into the problem of cosmic rays with a hands-on experiment. After being treated to a faculty discussion of the state of cosmic ray research, students will form their own hypotheses on the nature of cosmic rays and test them with directional detectors. This program includes materials for the teacher to use in class before and after visiting NSCL, turning it into a three-day lesson. JINA offers grants to fund all or part of the travel costs for classes participating in this program. Due to equipment limitations, up to 30 students can participate at one time.

  • CREATE Science Seminar Series (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    The 2016 - 2017 series runs from November through May.  Eight speakers will be hosted during that time. Please see the website below for upcoming dates.

    Location:

    252 Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The purpose of the CREATE Science Seminar series is to help create a vibrant collaborative community at MSU around research in science education K-16, to provide a venue to disseminate and discuss innovative research methods and results, to foster relationships and networking with national and international experts in STEM education research, and ultimately to help solve challenging problems in the teaching and learning of science, K-16.

  • Great Lakes Education Program River Boat Field Trip Cruises (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    • Macomb County: April 17 - June 16, 2017
    • Wayne County: May 1 - June 16, 2017

    Location:

    • Macomb: One way: Clinton River Cruise Company and Lake St. Clair Metropark Marina
    • Wayne: Round trip: Lake Erie Metropark Marina

     

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) introduces fourth-grade students to the unique features of the Great Lakes through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. The program is designed to stimulate interest in the Great Lakes and help students understand their role in protecting these vital freshwater resources.

  • Herbarium

    Location:

    166 Plant Biology Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    An herbarium is a natural history collection of preserved plants that documents the diversity of plants of the world. The MSU Herbarium represents a worldwide collection of all groups of plants as well as lichens, bryophytes, and fungi. Current holdings number over 530,000 specimens, with approximately 315,000 specimens of vascular plants, 145,000 lichenized fungi, 35,000 non-lichenized fungi, and 35,000 bryophyte specimens.

  • Hidden Lakes Gardens (Tipton, MI)

    Location:

    6214 Monroe Road (M-50), Tipton, MI, 49287. (Approximately 70 miles from MSU's campus).

    Description:

    MSU's Hidden Lake Gardens is Michigan's best kept secret! It covers 755 acres of meadows and oak-hickory woodlands filled with an abundance of native flora and fauna. The Gardens are open 362 days of the year with an admission fee of $3 per person. Self-guided tours are a great way to see the Gardens at your own pace and to suit your personal interest. Guided tours, requested at least two weeks in advance, are available at no additional charge. In addition to more than 6 miles of one-way paved drives, there are 5 miles of hiking trails to allow the visitor a closer look at the beauty that the Gardens provide.

    Audience: Horticulturalists; general public.

  • Internet Resources for IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Curriculum

    Location:

    http://www.ipm.msu.edu/community_and_home/schools/inter

    Description:

    There are many great resources available to teachers and schools to learn more about pests, pesticides and IPM. There are also many curricular resources that can be used to supplement IPMactivities in the classroom.

  • Kellogg Biological Station K-12 Partnership Workshop for Science Teachers (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 18, 2017. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Register by April 11, 2017.

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station Auditorium, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI  49060

    Description:

    The 2017 Spring K-12 Partnership Workshop that looks at the theme "The Kellogg Edge: Breaking boundaries in ecology and evolution education."  This year KBS celebrates 90 years and we plan to continue our tradition of excellence with a full day of sessions featuring cutting edge technologies and forward thinking research. This includes an exciting plenary talk by MSU Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology, Dr. Kay Holekamp. For almost 30 years now Dr. Holekamp has been dedicated to studying the behavioral ecology and evolution of Hyenas in Kenya.

  • Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Tours

    Location:

    12685 East C Ave, Augusta, MI, 49012. (15 north of Kalamazoo and 12 miles NW of Battle Creek, MI).

    Description:

    The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary offers guided educational tours to school groups. The tours provide knowledge about preserving and protecting natural habitats that we share with wildlife. The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts. The sanctuary also has a pollinator and rain garden and a large picnic area. Visitors can browse and purchase items at our Resource Center and Giftshop featuring nature-related gift items and books. Very low admission fees apply.

  • Master of Science in Beam Physics (Online)

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Master of Science in Beam Physics requires a total of 30 credits, of which at least 16 must be at the graduate level. The remainder may be upper division undergraduate. Master's students are also required to complete a Master's Thesis or Master’s Essay (remotely, with supervisor at MSU and/or with approved external mentors at National Laboratories and other universities)--up to 12 credits.

    Credit can be earned in a variety of ways by combination of the following classes:

    • Introduction to Beam Physics (online): PHY 861, 3 credits
    • Nonlinear Beam Dynamics (online): PHY 961, 3 credits
    • Particle Accelerators (online): PHY 962, 3 credits (may be taken twice)
    • US Particle Accelerator School (USPAS online): PHY 963, 3 credits (may be taken repeatedly)
    • Seminar in Beam Physics Research: PHY 964, 3 credits (may be taken repeatedly)

     

  • Microbe Zoo

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Microbial Ecology houses the Microbe Zoo, a digital learning center, which helps K-12 students discover and learn about the importance and use of hidden microbes. The zoo include four areas:

    • The Microbe Zoo
    • Microbes in the News
    • Meet the Scientists
    • Microbial Ecology Resources
  • MSU Science Festival (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 7 - 23, 2017

    Location:

    Events are held at MSU in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and around the state.

    Description:

    The MSU Science Festival is an exploration of the science that touches our everyday lives. There are hands-on activities for the whole family, plus demonstrations, discussions, lectures, and tours on topics from astronomy to music to zoology.  MSU researchers and their students share the wonder of science in over 100 diverse offerings for young and old to engage, explore, and inspire.  Events are held at MSU in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and around the state.

  • MSU Science Theatre

    Location:

    Science Theatre Office located in MSU's Abrams Planetarium, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Science Theatre, a nationally acclaimed student-run organization developed by students from a number of disciplines, performs demonstrations and lectures for K-12 students and public groups. Science Theatre performances demonstrate basic scientific concepts and inspire audience members to develop an appreciation for science in everyday life.

  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

    Location:

    1 Cyclotron, 640 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is a national user facility devoted to basic research in nuclear science as well as accelerator and instrumentation research and development. Historically, the NSCL has played a key role in the scientific and technical education of a large number of young scientists and engineers in undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs. The NSCL plays an important role in pre-college and community education with programs such as a summer intern program for middle and high school teachers and guided tours of the facility to interested groups. The NSCL also has a number of research activities including research of nuclear structure and reactions; nuclear astrophysics; the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) Project; and accelerator design and beam physics.

  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory Online Library

    Location:

    View locations of resources here: http://groups.nscl.msu.edu/nscl_library/newdir.htm

    Description:

    MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) Online Library provides individuals with current and permanent journals, nuclear preprints online, and a book master list. This site also provides links to upcoming conferences, nuclear isotope data, nuclear physics journals and preprints, the World Wide Web Virtual Library: Nuclear Physics, and MSU Libraries.

  • Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman Talk: Taking a Scientific Approach to the Learning and Teaching of Science (September 2017)

    Dates:

    September 15, 2017.  2:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    Carl E. Wieman, co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics and professor of physics at Stanford University, will speak at Michigan State University as part of the STEM Alliance Fall Reception.

    Dr. Wieman has done extensive experimental research in atomic and optical physics. His current intellectual focus is on undergraduate physics and science education. He has pioneered the use of experimental techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences, and recently served as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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