There is always news in the area that revolve around STEM topics. Below are some recent news from our local outlets.

  • Huskies Serve as Virtual K-12 Tutors During the Pandemic (9/16/2020) -     More information about Tech Tutors and how to get involved is available on MTU blog: https://blogs.mtu.edu/global-community-engagement/2020/07/06/huskies-serve-as-virtual-k-12-tutors-during-the-pandemic/   Continue Reading
  • New! Elementary and High School COVID-19 mini-units that address NGSS and SEL Published on OpenSciEd – Links included (9/16/2020) - OpenSciEd secured additional funding to develop four--one for each grade band--COVID-19 mini-units (3 weeks of instruction) that use the same storyline instructional model rooted in three-dimensional learning, but also reach beyond the NGSS to incorporate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and have a focus on building empathy and looking at things like the patterns of… Continue Reading
  • Long-Term Michigan Employment Projections, 2018–2028 Announced (9/15/2020) - Long-Term Michigan Employment Projections, 2018–2028 The Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives has released statewide long-term employment projections for Michigan industries and occupations covering the period of 2018 through 2028. View or download the newly-released projections. Custom subsets of the data may also be downloaded from the Data Search tool. If you have any… Continue Reading
  • MiSTAR Professional Learning Series (9/15/2020) - MiSTAR Professional Learning Series  Mi-STAR has developed a Professional Learning Series providing teachers with access to presentations and discussions via Zoom. A discussion component will follow every presentation so that this activity can promote a sense of community and collaboration among participants. SCECHs are available for these sessions. Visit the Mi-STAR Learning Series webpage to… Continue Reading
  • Registration Open: Tips & Strategies for Engaging Students in Outdoor Learning – 4:30-6:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 22 (9/15/2020) - Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Professional Learning Series The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) will present a free, biweekly Professional Learning Series this school year for K-12 educators and community members in the Western U.P. to enhance Great Lakes stewardship, facilitate outdoor learning, deepen understanding through place- and project- based learning opportunities, and foster a community… Continue Reading
  • Michigan Earth Science Teacher Association (MESTA) 2020 Fall Conference ~ 9:30 am – 5 pm, Sat, Oct. 10th ~ Virtual (9/15/2020) - MESTA Fall Conference 2020 Save the date, The MESTA Annual Meeting will be a virtual meeting this year! $5 Registration - open to all (MESTA membership not required) For more info & to register: mestarocks.org. Register by Oct. 7th. Presentation topics include: Topics: Astronomy, Michigan Geology, Plate Tectonics and Seismology. Two presentations about field trips… Continue Reading
  • Introduction to Arduino Workshop – Virtual – 10/13, 10/15, 10/20, 10/22, 4 pm – 6 pm each day (7/31/2020) - Introduction to Arduino Workshop Cost: $90 per person Date: 10/13, 10/15, 10/20, 10/22, 4 pm - 6 pm each day Location: Virtual A beginner's introduction to Arduino micro-controllers as tools for STEM classrooms. Arduino micro-controller technology provides the ability to fully customize science demonstration and data collection tools in a very affordable way. In the… Continue Reading
  • Congratulations Western U.P. Maker Challenge 2020 Winners (7/10/2020) - During May and June, K-12 students from Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Gogebic Counties were invited to participate in the Western Upper Peninsula’s Maker Challenge. Students could choose from one of four Maker Challenges to actively involve them in the design thinking process. Each challenge was paired with a STEM themed book where something was… Continue Reading
  • Online PDs – register now for summer offerings with The STEM Education Center at WPI (6/18/2020) - After the extraordinary efforts of teachers and schools to provide “emergency learning” to your students this spring, we hope you have a restful break. By July-August you may be itching to prepare for the new school year with new tools and plans to handle any situation. The STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is offering… Continue Reading
  • Copper Country ISD honored as One of Six school districts chosen for water initiative funding through From Students to Stewards project (6/17/2020) - Copper Country ISD is one of six school districts in Michigan have been selected for grants under the From Students to Stewards initiative that will teach elementary through high school students about the Great Lakes, Michigan watersheds and the impact people have on water resources across the state.   The Copper Country Intermediate School District will… Continue Reading
  • CCISD Greenhouse Project video (6/16/2020) - If you have not had a chance to view the Portage Health Foundation video about the Copper Country greenhouse project hen Check it out! Here is the link to the Facebook video: https://www.facebook.com/phfgive/posts/2486750598254009?__tn__=K-R Continue Reading
  • KBIC TAS Approval & Water Quality Standards (6/16/2020) - Congratulations to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to be the first tribe in Michigan to achieve TAS reglartory authority for water quality. For more information check out the KBIC webpage: http://nrd.kbic-nsn.gov/tas-and-water-quality-standards Continue Reading
  • News Flash: Welding for a win! (6/16/2020) - Congratulations to Tim Stites and the  Copper Country Intermediate School District’s CTE welding program for being creative in way to engage students during this time of no face to face instruction.   See this mining gazette article for details: https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2020/05/welding-for-a-win/ Continue Reading
  • News Flash: Small-Town Calumet Electronics Has Big Impact (6/16/2020) - More great news on Calumet Electronics: https://www.countrylines.com/cover-story/small-town-calumet-electronics-has-big-impact/ “Rugged” is a word that people in the most northern regions of the Upper Peninsula hear frequently. It’s a characteristic that is put to the test on a daily basis. But in the time of COVID-19, this is a characteristic that allows folks to not only survive but thrive....… Continue Reading
  • NEW! Online PD Introducing Modeling for Summer 2020 (6/12/2020) - All middle and high school science teachers are invited to register for a free introductory online workshop lead by Modeling facilitators. The objective is to provide 1) and introduction to Modeling Instruction, our facilitators and other applicants, 2) approaches to promote student engagement and elicitation of student thinking and 3) some insights about effective online… Continue Reading
  • Using Google Earth for Remote Teaching – Webinar June 16, 2020 (6/12/2020) - The Geological Society of America (GSA) and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) are hosting a free webinar series this month, “Using Digital Field Tools for Remote Teaching”. This webinar series will focus on running summer field camps and/or planning for remote fall courses. Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT Using Google Earth… Continue Reading
  • REMINDER: Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy in the Secondary Classroom (6/12/2020) - The 6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Task Force is proud to announce two learning opportunities for secondary English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies teachers, as well as building leaders, instructional coaches, and educators at higher education institutions. These opportunities have been designed with flexibility and relevancy in mind. Introduction to the Essential Practices August 4, 2020 from… Continue Reading
  • Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Launched (6/12/2020) - Michigan Virtual is so excited for you to explore the world of Pangea where you can use your creativity and ingenuity to complete educational challenges in the world of Minecraft: Education Edition. With 4-weeks worth of self-directed challenges, you will be able to explore and learn at your own pace while engaging in literacy, math,… Continue Reading
  • Visit the New Story Trail at the Lily Creek Nature Area! (2/12/2020) -   C O M E  V I S I T  O U R  N E W  S T O R Y T R A I L ! THE SNOWY  NAP Written and Illustrated by Jan Brett We invite you and your family to a wintery experience on the added loop of our new snowshoe trail… Continue Reading
  • Superior Fab Lab: Paper Circuits! (1/27/2020) - Just in time for Valentine's Day, come make a light-up greeting card! We will use conductive tape, LEDs and small batteries to create light-up artistic cards. Materials and instructions included. Open and free to the public: all ages welcome.  Register asap as slots are limited. Register on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SupFabLab     Continue Reading
  • News release: From Students to Stewards Initiative to promote water stewardship, education (1/24/2020) - Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy sent this bulletin at 01/24/2020 10:00 AM EST FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 24, 2020 Nick Assendelft, EGLE Public Information Officer, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-388-3135 Peg West, University Communications, Grand Valley State University, ensingm1@gvsu.edu, 616-331-2222 From Students to Stewards Initiative to promote water stewardship, education $50,000 grant opportunity for K-12 programs in… Continue Reading
  • MTEC SmartZone–MI-TRALE RELEASES UP TRAIL APP (1/24/2020) - HOUGHTON, MI – January 22, 2020 – MI-TRALE (Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment), a local non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the safe and responsible use of multi-use trails for both motorized and non-motorized trail recreationalists, is pleased to announce the release of their Free Michigan UP Trails app,… Continue Reading
  • Say hello to the new College of Computing at MTU (1/14/2020) - Computing is the fastest-growing sector across all industries. The National Science Foundation estimated that science and engineering jobs increased by 18.7 percent over the past decade, and 59 percent of that growth was in computing. This upward trend continues. We have a plan for this future: Say hello to the new College of Computing. When… Continue Reading
  • Western U.P. Science & Engineering Fair and STEM Festival – March 18th 2020 (1/14/2020) - Registration is now open! The 22nd annual Western Upper Peninsula Science & Engineering Fair and STEM Festival will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Memorial Union on Michigan Tech’s campus from 4:15-8:30 pm. 4th-8th grade students in Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic, Houghton, and Ontonagon Counties are invited to participate in the Western U.P.… Continue Reading
  • Registration Open: Upper Peninsula Chemistry Olympiad (1/14/2020) - U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad The Upper Peninsula Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Department of Chemistry, Michigan Technological University are hosting the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). Local Competition: Mar 7, 2020 (Saturday) National Exam: TBD (One day in April 18 -26, 2020) Both exams will take place at Michigan Technological University… Continue Reading
  • Science Educators Here is an MSTA Invitation to 67th Annual Conference (1/14/2020) - Are you looking for opportunities to network with other science educators and expand your knowledge of current topics in science education? The Michigan Science Teachers Association 67th Annual Conference is just for you! Join us in Lansing on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, 2020. Register today at https://mstaevents.org/ to take advantage of our early registration discount (ends 2/11/20). Questions? Call 734-973-0433 or… Continue Reading
  • Copper Country Science and Engineering Festival hosted at Hancock (11/21/2019) - The first Copper Country Science and Engineering Festival took place at the Hancock Central High School Wednesday. The event featured 60 demonstrations and activities for fourth through seventh grade students from Hancock, Houghton, Chassell, Lake Linden-Hubbell, Calumet, and Dollar Bay-Tamarack City schools. The demonstrations and activities were run by Michigan Technological University students from eight… Continue Reading
  • A Perfect Example of STEM Careers in the Western UP: MTU Alumna’s Story Told at Round Table (11/14/2019) - A member of the presidential administration visited Michigan Technological University and Calumet Electronics Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the changing landscape of manufacturing and the role education plays in it. See here for more.... Continue Reading
  • Michigan Tech Students Earn First place in ASM International Undergraduate Design Competition (11/14/2019) - A team of Michigan Technological University students won first place in ASM International’s 2019 Undergraduate Design Competition. Their capstone senior design project, “Cobalt reduction in Tribaloy T-400,” was sponsored by Winsert, Inc. of Marinette, Wisconsin. This isn’t the first time, we’ve won! According to Kampe, an MSE student team from Michigan Tech team won first… Continue Reading
  • U.P. Schools ranked in the top 5000 STEM high schools in the U.S. (11/14/2019) - A recent Newsweek post has ranked Houghton and Calumet High schools as one of America's Best 5000 STEM High Schools. U.P. Schools in the Ranking included: Houghton High School 1707 Marquette High School 4174 Escanaba High School  4318 Calumet High School 4567 Click here to learn more! Continue Reading
  • Hour of Code – An Easy Way to Introduce Students to Computer Science (11/14/2019) - Michigan schools are encouraged to participate in the Hour of Code/Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2019. The Hour of Code, www.hourofcode.com, highlights how all students can use computer science to make a positive impact on the world, from writing apps to solving a local problem to using innovative ideas in data science to address global challenges.… Continue Reading
  • Houghton High School students take field trip to Quincy Mine to learn about bats (10/23/2019) - Click on the link below to learn about Houghton High School field trip to the Quincy Mine to learn about bats as part of the students Stewardship project partially funded through a mini-grant from the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.  A big thank you to the Team of Houghton High School Teachers involved in making this… Continue Reading
  • Houghton Science Teacher To Talk About NASA Program Experience – Keweenaw Report (10/23/2019) - Check out this upcoming event at the Portage Lake District Library on Wednesday, August 14th at 6pm, where the public is invited to hear a presentation about a local teacher’s experience at a summer program at NASA. Visit this Keweenaw Report post for more details. Continue Reading
  • 2019 Lake Superior Water Festival ~ Thursday October 23rd ~ Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (10/23/2019) - Three hundred and fifty students in grades 9-12 in fourteen classes from six schools in Houghton, Keweenaw, Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties will pour into Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center for the 8th Annual Lake Superior Water Festival. Students from the following high schools will be participating:  Calumet, L.L. Wright (Ironwood), Horizons (Mohawk), Lake Linden-Hubbell,… Continue Reading
  • Family Forest Night for K-6 Students & Families at Chassell School on Oct. 23 (10/23/2019) - Explore!  Investigate! Discover the newly renovated Chassell School Forest! Fun hands-on activities presented by Michigan Tech staff & students at 5:00 pm  FREE Pizza in the cafeteria. 5:30-7:00 pm   Parents & Students attend ONE 60-min. Activity Session outside. Meet at 5:30 behind the school at the pavilion. Coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach… Continue Reading
  • Marvelous Metals (Chemistry) Family Event at Library (Houghton) – Sat, Oct. 26, Noon-2:30 pm (10/17/2019) -     FREE HANDS-ON CHEMISTRY FAMILY EVENT ~ Sat, Oct. 26, Noon-2:30 pm Join the Upper Peninsula Local Section of the American Chemical Society for a free community event to celebrate National Chemistry Week and learn about the importance of chemistry in everyday life. Learn about this year’s theme, Marvelous Metals, with exciting hands-on activities… Continue Reading
  • Update to the CCISD board on the green house project (10/17/2019) - Check out the Oct 16th Press Release in the Daily Mining Gazette about the CCISD Learning Center's Greenhouse Project! Continue Reading
  • Save the Date Western U.P. Food Systems Council Workshop: Oct 10th (10/1/2019) - Continue Reading
  • Copper Country Math Circle Returns (9/23/2019) -   The Copper Country Math Circle is back!! The group will meet once a month on a Thursday, from 6:30-8 at Michigan Tech University. The math circle is targeted towards students in grades 2-5. For further information visit the Copper Country Math Circle at http://www.coppercountrymathcircle.com/ To register for 2019-20 please complete this google form. Families with… Continue Reading
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