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.

Ashley Rose Puts a Spin on Teaching Neuroscience

Ashley Rose was recently acknowledged in her school newspaper for bringing the fun factor back to science labs.  The most recent lab consisted of conducting electrical outputs, which resulted in musical cockroach legs!  That makes neuroscience “sound” a little more fun, huh?  Other lab activities...

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What’s Tweetin? Here’s What Happened Last Week @MSUrbanSTEM

Another busy week for our #MSUrbanSTEM fellows and their students!  Last week kicked off with a tweet from Leigh Graves Wolf.  She shared that reading all about the wonderful #MSUrbanSTEM happenings was a great way to begin her week.  We all love seeing the amazing things happening in classrooms all across Chicago!...

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A Fully Funded Project for Ninety Five Students…Just ImagineIT!

Joselyn Galvez is one happy teacher!  She is a math teacher at Reilly Elementary School in Chicago and recently received full funding for her ImagineIT project through donorschoose.org.  Her project, The Bridge Design Competition, is a project-based learning unit designed to engage students in an authentic...

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And the Stop Motion Video Oscar Goes to…

Best picture? Best video editing? Most creative? Most informative?  Sounds like the Oscars to me!  The Stop Motion Video Oscars, that is.  Ashley Rose teaches both Honors Chemistry and Neuroscience at Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago.  She admits that teaching action potential is not the most interesting topic....

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What’s Tweeting? Here’s What Happened Last Week @MSUrbanSTEM

Last week was a busy week on Twitter.  Our fellows are doing amazing things and they’re tweeting all about it! Michael Kosko is the quickfire king!  His students had a week filled with quickfire challenges.  They found GIFS to represent their ecology vocabulary. They also did an egg drop challenge and...

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Virtual Reality in the Classroom

We’ve all heard students say “I’m done!”  Well, Nancy Ibarra has a fun solution…virtual reality in the classroom.  Her students have access to two sets of Google Cardboard. When her students finish their work early, they are allowed to use these devices.  They step into the world of...

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Elena Concepcion Wins the NEED Grant

Elena Concepcion’s school year started off with some very exciting news! She recently learned that she is a recipient of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Grant.  This program offers a STEM-focused investigation of energy, designed especially for grades 5-8.  The program, Energizing Student...

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Mr. Fuller’s Wonder Emporium

Darren Fullers‘ students are full of wonder.  What happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force?  Or how about…Why do we dream?  Or even…Why does ice crack when dropped in liquid?  These scientists are pushing their critical thinking skills and asking big questions-with “not...

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Quickfire Bins Created to Spark Creativity in Math!

Play-Doh in Math class?  Why not?  James Edstrom is on a mission to spread his love of Quickfire Challenges throughout his building!  Last year, Edstrom began Quickfires in his own math class while he was an active member of Cohort 2.  He teaches College Algebra, Algebra 1 and Advanced Algebra.  Quickfire...

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Meet the Featured Fellow…Katie Whittaker

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