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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.

Here’s to our New 2015/2016 #MSUrbanSTEM cohort!

The Back to School hype is here and so is a new 2015/2016 #MSUrbanSTEM fellowship!  Last year, we had a total of 25 participating fellows, but this year we welcome 49 new educators to our MSU/WIPRO Urban STEM fellowship.  Our new fellows, along with our amazing instructional team recently met for nearly two weeks of...

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The Struggles, Joys, and Motivations of 25 Leaders in STEM Education

The 2014/2015 MsurbanSTEM fellowship has released another publication titled This I Believe.  The fellowship collaboratively published it’s first collection, Roots of Stem, in September 2014. Following a year long commitment, these 25 influential educators share their work and ideas as individuals and a team...

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Kenn Freeman Creates an App as a Solution for Communication Craziness!

Kenn Freeman is a math, science, and technology teacher at Spencer Tech Academy.  He sees numerous students, which comes with infinite communication responsibilities.   An idea was sparked during a face-to-face meeting with his #MSUrbanSTEM fellows.  The fellowship explored Appy Pie, which is a mobile app platform...

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We Celebrate the Graduation of Our First #MSUrbanSTEM Fellowship

July 7th was a big night! A reception was held honoring our first MSU-WIPRO Urban STEM & Leadership Fellowship.   The reception highlighted the innovative thinking, hard work and dedication of 25 extraordinary educators. Their journey started a little over a year ago.  Twenty five fellows were accepted and the...

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A Maker’s Playground

Strawbees, LittleBits, and paper circuits-Oh my!  What a fun day in #MSUrbanSTEM learning!  We are welcoming 51 new fellows into our 2015/2016 MSU Urban STEM Cohort.  As if that isn’t exciting enough, recently our fellows were totally engaged in a full, hands-on Maker’s Playground.  Adult kids dabbled...

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Tasha Henderson Receives Funding for a 3-D Printer

It’s summertime, but Tasha Henderson is already gearing up for another school year!   Through her experience with the #MSUrbanSTEM program, Tasha felt a 3-D printer could greatly benefit her K-8 engineering students at Miles Davis Magnet Academy.  She went to administration and they supported the purchase....

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Nearly 75 STEM Students Participate in Camp Invention!

  Thomas A. Edison once said, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”  Well,  a young child is filled with lots of imagination and junk is all around us, right? So let’s get busy inventing!! See these boxes?  Imagine the possibilities! When we think of summer camps, we...

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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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