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.

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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Fellows Gather at Erickson Hall for a Great Day of Collaborative Learning

Wonder strikes again!  The #MSUrbanSTEM gang had a face-to-face meeting on December 3 in Spartan Territory.  The bus rolled into East Lansing Friday night and showed up at Erickson Hall bright and early Saturday morning.  It was a productive day filled with rich conversation, creative play and an overabundance of...

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Meet the Featured Fellow…Jillian Onque

We are so fortunate to have Jillian Onque on our #MSUrbanSTEM team!  Image not interactive?  Click here.

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Stop-Motion Videos, Memes and Quickfires Make Learning WAY More Fun!

Just imagine a classroom where students are creating stop-motion videos and memes to convey their understanding of life science!  Did someone say QUICKFIRE!?  Yep, imagine those too! Well, Yvonne Nevarez and her 8th grade scientists dove into these fun activities as they studied both the digestive system and the...

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ImagineIT Projects Foster a Mathematical Growth Mindset

How do we foster a mathematical growth mindset for the 21st century learner?  Well, there’s a few ImagineIT projects in the works that implement growth mindset strategies to improve math esteem.  These creative projects are unleashing student’s inner mathematician and fostering the development of growth...

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Mother + Son = MakerFaire Fun!

During the week, Angela Barrett is busy teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics at Henry Clay Elementary School in Chicago.  She also carries the full time job of being a mother!  So what does a mother and son do on a Saturday afternoon?  Stumble upon a MakerFaire, of course!  Together, she and her son...

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Where Does the Water Go? Students Go Find Out!

Many people never stop to think about where the water goes after a rain storm.  Or how about water that flushes down the toilet?  Well, ImagineIT projects make us think about all sorts of things! Sarah Tschaen and her sixth grade students at West Ridge Elementary School have been investigating this topic.  In...

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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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