Reflections On the Past Year…An #MSUrbanSTEM Adventure

It’s been a wonderful year of challenges, collaboration, and transformation! A few of our fellows took a moment to reflect…

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Great Pride and Accomplishments…We Honor Our 2015/2016 Cohort

Forty-nine amazing members of our 2015/2016 Cohort were honored on Saturday, May 14th at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Special guests from WIPRO, Michigan State and Chicago Public Schools were in attendance.  All gathered to celebrate a wonderful year of learning together.   PRIDE served as the heart and soul...

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#MSUrbanSTEM Well Represented at AERA Conference in DC

We are so lucky to have Christopher Seals, Rohit Mehta, and Inese Berzina-Pitcher on our #MSUrbanSTEM team!  They recently presented at the 2016 American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.  The team shared the relevance of rethinking professional development supported by...

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Lohitsa Helps Her Students Discover Their Inner Engineer!

Sushma Lohitsa can’t brag enough about the success and growth of her little engineers! She admits the road has been rocky, but very successful in progression.  Lohitsa’s ImagineIT project was generally focused on helping her students discover their inner engineer.  While participating in numerous design...

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Passport to STEM Success

With passport in hand, Goudy Elementary students and their parents set out on a journey of scientific exploration. STEM Night at Goudy offered many activities from coding to chemistry, simple machines to wind-powered boats and many things in between. The evening began with a Chemistry Stunt Show performed by Mike...

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McGowan Hits the Grant Jackpot!

Anna McGowan is a member of our first #MSUrbanSTEM cohort.   She continues to be a strong advocate for making a difference in STEM education.  Recently, she received a $7500 grant from the Bemis Foundation to implement a K-5 Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum at Sauganash Elementary School.  The curriculum...

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3,2,1…Blast Off! Protect the Eggstronaut!

There were definitely some ups (and some downs) for Mahesh Alur and his STEM Club on launch day.   Alur is a member of our first MSU Urban STEM Cohort and is a science teacher at Amundsen High School.  His students have been incredibly busy creating a secure flight device for their eggstronauts.   Recently, the...

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A Packed #MSUrbanSTEM Playground at This Year’s CPS Tech Talk

If a playground is popular, it will be packed!  The MSU Urban STEM Playground was certainly a very busy place at this year’s Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Tech Talk.  CPS Tech Talk was a huge success as our 49 fellows shared their wealth of STEM knowledge with others.  The MSU Urban STEM crew hosted an...

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Introducing…Our Sustainability Fellows

We take great pride in introducing our new Sustainability Fellows. In efforts to continue our MSU Urban STEM work, six fellows from cohort one were selected to participate. These educators have committed to carrying on their leadership by supporting other teachers within their own schools and beyond. MSU-Wipro Urban...

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Field Trip Leads to Interest-Driven Studies in the Classroom

Sandra Jackson and her students recently ventured to The Museum of Science and Industry for a very exciting field trip.  The students participated in the Black Creativity Workshops being offered at the museum.  The fifth and eighth grade students got to explore the mindful work of an artist who simply used...

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Students Receive Valuable Support During Science Fair Season

It’s Science Fair season! This usually means that parents everywhere are scrambling to put together the perfect project. Tracey Walker-Hines feels very fortunate to have a new system that takes some pressure off both parents and students.  Her students are working with a wonderful and willing group of experts...

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A Magical Meeting of the MSU Urban STEM Minds

A hint of magic filled the air on March 5th.  Our fellows gathered for their second face to face meeting of the year.  The day was filled with all sorts of enchanting twists and turns.  Punya Mishra kicked off the meeting by sharing his family video, which triggered a scientific wonder.  They also explored The...

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