Mi-STAR (Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform) is motivated by a vision for the future in which science is taught and learned as an integrated body of knowledge that can be applied to address societal issues.

Our overarching goal is to test a model for reform of science curriculum, teaching, and learning in the middle grades.

About Mi-STAR

Mi-STAR investigators are developing and testing the effectiveness of three initiatives:

  • A new integrated science curriculum for grades 6-8 that is aligned with state and national science standards and assessments, uses a problem-based approach to stimulate students’ interest, and demonstrates how science and engineering are used to develop new knowledge and innovative solutions to contemporary problems.
  • A new model for teacher education in integrated science that prepares pre-service middle grades teachers to engage students in science and engineering practice and emphasizes core ideas and cross-cutting concepts.
  • An in-service professional development program in integrated science that prepares teachers to integrate science and engineering in the middle grades and augments their science and engineering content-area knowledge and pedagogical skills.

Mi-STAR is made possible by the generous support received from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation which was established by Mrs. Grace A. Dow in 1936 in memory of her husband Dr. Herbert H. Dow.