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  • 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.

  • 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 for STEM Education Research Mini-Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 9, 2018.  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The goals of the CREATE for STEM Mini-Conference are to: fuel discussion about efforts to improve K-16 teaching and learning of STEM, allow researchers and collaborators to share challenges and generate new ideas, and accelerate interdisciplinary collaborations.  The schedule includes two poster sessions separated by a keynote presentation and plenary discussion. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Mitchell Nathan from University of Wisconsin - Madison.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Underwater Robots 101 Professional Development Workshop (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 20, 2018.  9:00 am - 5;00 pm

    Location:

    Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, 500 W Fletcher St., Alpena MI 49707

    Description:

    The workshop will provide a forum to:

    1. Acquire knowledge and skills needed to build an ROV with students in the classroom or as an after school activity.

    2. Develop an understanding of what ROV technicians do and career pathways.

    3. Learn about the Annual Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition for students held in Alpena.

    Attendees commit to supporting a student team to enter the 2018 or 2019 Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition in Alpena, MI. Attendees will leave with a robot to use with their teams.  The 2018 competition will be held May 12.  Payment may be made at the workshop via check or credit card, invoices or purchase orders are available upon request.

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