Mi-STAR is a team of science educators, scientists and engineers, curriculum specialists, and education researchers from across Michigan and the country. Mi-STAR wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of the numerous participating staff, teachers, and partner schools.
The Mi-STAR project has two main initiatives:
- Grades 6-8 curriculum: We are designing and testing a new integrated science curriculum for grades 6-8 that is aligned with the Michigan Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, is student centered, and engages students in applying multiple science and engineering practices to address real-world challenges. Read more about our curriculum or examine a sample lesson.
- In-service Professional Development: We are developing and implementing a professional development program that prepares teachers to design and implement student-centered NGSS-aligned learning experiences that integrate science and engineering . See our professional development page for more information.
We are also conducting research and evaluation of student and educators’ experiences associated with designing and implementing curriculum that is NGSS-aligned, student centered, and engages students in applying multiple science and engineering disciplines to real-world challenges. See our growing list of publications.
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.