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.

Meet Our Featured Fellow…Yvonne Nevarez!

Drum roll please….meet the amazing Yvonne Nevarez.  We’re so lucky to have her on our #MSUrbanSTEM team!  

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Leadership? It’s All Around You! Just Look Around the Room…

Did someone say DIGITAL QUICKFIRE?!?  Yep!  And it went a little something like this… From the comforts of their own chosen space, fellows identified 6 random items within the room.  Closely evaluating each object, they began to think deeply about a possible connection each item might have with leadership....

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Mad Science with Maita

Things have been growing, spinning and booming in the science classroom of Michael Maita.  The latest classroom project challenged students to study and design a functioning, semi-closed ecosystem.  Students closely observed their ecosystems as they collected, organized and interpreted data.  They especially...

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Alexa Freshour is Headed to Los Angeles!

 “I was beyond ecstatic to find out that I’d be presenting at NSTA 2017!” Alexa Freshour shared.  Freshour submitted her proposal a few months ago and recently received the good news that she’s headed to L.A. in March. Alexa will be presenting a Model Based Inquiry (MBI) unit centered around...

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The Periodic Table Comes to Life!

Binh Nguyen hosted a periodic table costume party! A science teacher at Northside College Preparatory School in Chicago, his chemistry class recently added a creative “flair” to their study of the atom and periodic table.  Nguyen wanted to offer his chemistry students an opportunity to show off their...

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STEM Sweet STEM for the Holidays!

We’ve all celebrated with decorating cookies, singing Christmas carols, making ornaments or sipping hot chocolate while watching our favorite holiday movie.  But how fun is decorating gingerbread houses with LED lights and using Garage Band to record The Twelve Days of Math Class?  Students in the classrooms...

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Seventh Graders Become Jr. Neuroscientists for a Day!

Last week, The University of Chicago welcomed a group of very curious seventh graders to their campus.  Alexa Freshour and her students participated in some hands-on experiments in neuroscience at the Donnelly Biological Sciences Learning Center.  Students had an opportunity to visit three stations which included a...

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Reflection is Powerful

Reflection is powerful, especially in the field of education.  During our December 2nd gathering, our fellows took a few moments to reflect.   With mirrors in hand, they gathered around a DIY floor maze created with a black shower curtain and masking tape. Using the mirrors, they worked together to reflect a laser...

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#MSUrbanSTEM Participates in Hour of Code

Last week, hundreds of students all over the world participated in the annual #HourofCode.  The global movement is designed to give students an opportunity to try out Computer Science Education (CSE) in the hopes it will bring a greater awareness or interest in the field.  Our #MSUrbanSTEM fellows were definitely on...

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Amazing STEM is Here!

Hot off the #ExpressoBookMachine press is yet another publication from our #MSUrbanSTEM fellows!  Dedicated to teachers everywhere, Amazing STEM, holds 50 memorable teaching moments shared by 50 Chicago Public School teachers.  The paperback versions were placed in the hands of the #MSUrbanSTEM fellows during our...

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Kosko Named Honoree in Best in Education

In 2014, TheBestSchools.org established the annual Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education.  Our own Michael Kosko was honored to be in the top ten, then thrilled to be named the national third place honoree. Kosko celebrates his accomplishment with a $3,000 cash prize and a $3,000 bonus for his school....

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