Welcome to #MSUrbanSTEM


The MSU-WIPRO STEM & Leadership Teaching Fellowship program is the culmination of the partnership between global IT giant Wipro, Chicago Public Schools, and Michigan State University's College of Education. Fellows participate in an innovative year-long integrated learning experience to build STEM teachers' capacity and empower them to lead and inspire transformative, innovative practices in urban K-12 schools.

Showcasing Our Amazing Teaching Moments…

Drum roll please…Amazing teacher moments happened this week.  Our fellows were completely engaged in an amazing teaching moment showdown, which was quite magical!  Lessons ranged in grade level and content area.  Modeling global wind patterns using balloons and dissecting hearts-to name a few!  Angela Barrett...

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What Do You “Meme” We Can Teach Creatively?

We’ve seen memes all over the internet, but what about those concentrated on creative teaching strategies?  On Day 4, our fellows read an article written by Punya Mishra and Danah Henriksen titled Learning From Creative Teachers.  The article offers some key approaches for teaching creatively in an age filled...

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A Special Field Trip to MSU

On May 23rd, eighteen students from Dodge Renaissance Academy and Morton School of Excellence headed to Michigan State University for a campus tour!  Rosalind Ali is a member of our first cohort and Kendra Mallory is a member of our second cohort.  The two teamed up to plan a very special field trip designed to...

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Gratitude: Special Thanks for Another Great Year!

Our second cohort has wrapped up and we are now preparing to welcome 50 new members to our third cohort!  Very exciting news in the #MSUrbanSTEM world!  We are very proud of our accomplishments thus far and can’t wait to see what another year brings. With the ending of Cohort 2 and the beginning of Cohort 3,...

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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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