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Summer 2015 Opportunities

Thanks to everyone who applied, we have more than enough applicants at this point and I will be in touch. Thanks!

  • Teaching Science Outdoors 2015

In partnership with CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU

Who? Elementary Teachers (2nd-5th preferred, others welcome to apply) Teams of 2-3 educators per school/district are encouraged but not required.

What? Teaching Science Outdoors (TSO) brings elementary teachers to the biological station and allows them to practice science in a variety of outdoor habitats.  Next Generation Science Standards and technology (ipads, website and google docs) are incorporated throughout the experience.  Teachers develop skills to adapt existing science curriculum for the outdoor classroom, conduct active research on their own pedagogy and build a network of resources to refer back to once they return to the classroom. Learn more here.

When? Summer workshop is July 20-24, 2015, 8:30am -4pm

Compensation: $500 stipend and access to web-based resources, invitation to participate in the KBS K-12 Partnership professional development opportunities

How to apply? Application is now closed, thanks to everyone who applied!

  • Teaching Evolution Project

In partnership with BEACON Center for the study of Evolution in Action and MSU's Department of Teacher Education

Who? Middle or High School Teachers (two spots available)

What? Experienced middle or high school science teachers are invited to participate in a new program at KBS this spring and summer.  The Teaching ‘Evolution in Action’ program brings together undergraduates studying to be secondary science teachers, college of education faculty, KBS and BEACON faculty and staff and mentor teachers to create a community of learners around the topics of ecology and evolution.

Mentor teachers will participate in this project as the real-world and classroom implementation experts.  Each mentor teacher will work with two undergraduate students from MSU.  Mentor teachers will be helping students create lesson plans for their future classrooms based on their experiences in an ecology class and various research projects including using FastPlants (alongside a graduate student studying evolutionary ecology).  Responsibilities will be minimal (about 14 hours total) before the end of the public school year, mentor teachers will be expected to participate in an interview, provide background/plans on lessons on evolution taught in the classroom and host students in their classroom at least once (after May 18).  After school is over mentor teachers will be invited to participate in reading The Tangled Bank, discussing how evolution is taught in the classroom and supporting students as they create their final project - a lesson plan to be shared with the KBS K-12 Partnership during the Summer Institute.  Mentor teachers will be able to use technology (website and video conferencing) when appropriate.

When? up to 80 hours (18 hours total between April 1-June 12, 62 hours total between June 12-Aug. 7 - mostly on Tuesdays, Summer Institute is full days on Aug. 5-7)

Compensation: $1000 stipend, participation in the KBS K-12 Partnership Summer Institute, opportunity to travel and present at a local or national conference

How to apply? Application is now closed.

  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET) - Adaptive Evolution

Who? 1 middle or high school teacher

What? Work in the Conner lab for 10 weeks to study adaptive evolution (alongside returning RET, Cheryl Hach).  The RETs will conduct an independent project on stamen loss in Arabidopsis thaliana of their own design in a small team. Thus, the results will broaden the study of stamen evolution beyond the original proposal.  Click here for more details on the project.

When? Mid-June - Early-August, schedue is flexible, RET works with the lab to set schedule, expectation is full-time work for up to 10 weeks.

How to apply? Application is now closed.

Questions?  Please contact, Kara Haas, Science Education & Outreach Coordinator,  karahaas (at) msu.edu or 269-671-2360

Other Teacher Programs at KBS:

The KBS K-12 Partnership is is a joint effort among KBS scientists, MSU College of Education faculty, and science teachers and administrators in 12 rural school districts in southwest Michigan. Since 1999 the partnership has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, including awards from the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB), the Teacher Retention and Renewal Program (EHR), awards from the NSF GK-12 Program (EHR), and the NSF Math and Science Partnership. The partnership provides teachers in-depth exposure to research topics in environmental science and training to teach inquiry-based science at the elementary and secondary levels.

GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project: In 2010 we were awarded funds from the National Science Foundation for a new GK-12 Program called the KBS GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project. You can find an overview and introduction to this new project at http://kbsgk12project.kbs.msu.edu/ . Please contact program director Tom Getty (getty@msu.edu) or program manager Sarah Bodbyl (bodbyl@msu.edu) for more information on the new KBS GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project. The KBS program is part of a national network of GK-12 sites funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF expects the GK-12 program to provide science graduate students skills that will broadly prepare them for their professional and scientific careers. Through interactions with teachers in K-12 schools, graduate students are expected to improve communication and teaching skills while enriching science instruction in K-12 schools. For more information about the GK-12 program and links to GK-12 projects in other states, visit the National GK-12 website.

Teaching Science Outdoors 2014 was a huge success!  Thank you to teachers from Delton-Kellogg, Gull Lake and Kalamazoo Public Schools for participating.

Teaching Science Outdoors 2014 - This page was developed by the team during the summer workshop.

Invitation to participate (2014)

RET through Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), go here for details #4 is the KBS based opportunity.  This is a great opportunity and includes not only a stipend but also the opportunity to attend the BioEnergy Institute for Educators (June 22-26, 2015) in Madison, WI.  Application due by March 20.

Link to pdf flyer about GLBRC RET opportunities

Bioenergy Institute for Educators, Madison, WI, June 22-26, 2015

Link to pdf flyer about Bioenergy Institute for Educators

Looking for lesson plans and field trip information?  Visit the KBS Teacher Resources page!