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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.

Adrienne Keiner Hosts A Very Successful Mathapalooza!

Mathapalooza. Just sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Students at Peirce Elementary School on Chicago’s North Side would say yes-VERY awesome! Mathapalooza was a gigantic success again this year. Adrienne Keiner has always been a huge fan of project based/hands on learning experiences for all children. As a math-loving...

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Third Graders Explore the Solar System

As the school year ends, one class is illuminating their curiosity! They’re looking at the big universe around us and asking…where are WE? Zarina Qadir is a third grade teacher. Her Dreamit Project started long ago and has been an ongoing learning experience for everyone involved. She originally sparked...

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Annual STEM Night was Magical!

Tasha Henderson brought the magic into STEM learning! Miles Davis Magnet Academy was the place to be on April 28th.  Staff, students, parents, and members of the community stopped in for the school’s annual STEM Night.  The STEM night was held right after school and embraced the creativity of kindergarten...

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Maker Faire Madness

Maker Faire Madness=GOOD STUFF!    Joanna Doyle just hosted a Maker Faire alongside her students. Although she describes it as a “twisty-turny journey”, the experience was REAL.  The Maker Faire was all about taking chances, messing up, and participating in a BIG challenge. Joanna Doyle was perfectly...

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Mr. Cram’s Firework Emporium Spectacular Bonanza

July 4th isn’t here yet, but Mr. Cram‘s Chemistry students are thinking about FIREWORKS! Mr. Cram is a chemistry teacher at Lake View High School on Chicago’s north side. His students recently participated in a fun project where they had to create a sales pitch for a prospective fireworks show-just in...

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Meet the Featured Fellow…Roberto Lituma!

Meet the Featured Fellow…Roberto Lituma. Roberto is an incredible asset to our MSU UrbanSTEM team!

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Students Participate In Global Ozone Project

If you spot Bella Ferrera‘s students walking around, they might be sporting a new accessory-A new Science Accessory!  These science citizens are participating in The Global Ozone Project (GO3).  They are carrying around small, portable devices that measure air pollutants.  Students measure the levels of...

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MSU Urban STEM Educators Attend NSTA Conference

A few of our cohorts recently attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in Chicago, March 12-15.  These leaders in STEM education expressed excitement over a collection of modern day tips and tricks and overall, new learning. Heard of PBL?  No, not Project Based Learning, PHENOMENA Based...

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Aerospace Engineering Students Support After-School STEM Program

Beverly Keane’s after-school STEM club has a few V.I.P’s.  Nicholas Taluzek and Chi Young are both in their final year at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) studying Aerospace Engineering. While on a walk through campus, Nicholas noticed an informational flyer on a local after-school STEM club. He knew...

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Bridging the STEM Connection Across Grade Levels

Anna McGowan is a K-8 STEM Teacher at Sauganash Elementary School in Chicago.  Her students recently participated in a unit of study on bridges. With their studies, they learned about tension and compression. As a culminating activity, STEM students of all ages began to build! The task was to design and fabricate...

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Candace Marcotte is STEM-tastic!

Candace Marcotte is a salsa-dancing, guitar-playing, STEM-loving educator who is passionate about delivering today’s instruction with 21st century style. Candace has a one of a kind, contagious excitement for education.  Her energy is infectious! Candace is currently a Technology Facilitator at Springman...

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Meet the Featured Fellow-Beverly Keane

Introducing…Beverly Keane, our next Featured Fellow.  Beverly is a very dedicated educator who energetically believes in the power of GREEN! Beverly’s strong love for gardening led her to apply for a grant dedicated to developing new green spaces in urban areas. The grant allowed her to create a play...

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