Mi-STAR at MSTA 2018
Lansing, Michigan

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Mi-STAR Session Schedule 

Friday, March 2, 2018
The Friday sessions are based on the Mi-STAR Off-the-Shelf Lessons which are a series of three-dimensional, standalone learning experiences available to teachers who have identified gaps in student understanding and skills related to the newly adopted Michigan Science Standards.

A Mi-STAR Lesson:  Patterns and Cause & Effect  (click here for lesson plan and session materials)
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Session Description: Participate in fun, three-dimensional activities you can use to introduce your students to Patterns and Cause & Effect!  Experience how students can use these CCC’s to investigate phenomena. Lesson plans provided.

A Mi-STAR Lesson: Comparing Engineering Solutions with a Decision Matrix  (click here for lesson plan and session materials)
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Session Description: Try out a simple tool that you can use to introduce your students to engineering!  Learn how students use this tool to compare solutions. Aligns with MS-ETS1-2. Lesson plans provided.

A Mi-STAR Lesson: Got a Problem? Yo, I’ll Solve It!  (Defining Problems)  (click here for lesson plan and session materials)
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Session Description: Participate in a design competition that uncovers the importance of well-defined criteria and constraints to having a successful solution. Aligns with MS-ETS1-1. 3D. Classroom-tested lesson plan provided.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Mi-STAR Up and Running in Your School
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Session Description: Find out about Mi-STAR’s professional learning program and gaining access to the available Mi-STAR Units. Learn about Mi-STAR’s NGSS alignment and unit structure and the plans for creating more units.

Mi-STAR From A Teacher Perspective
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Session Description: Teaching the Mi-STAR units from the perspective of 2 teachers who have written, piloted, and are facilitators for the program. Let us help you increase your comfort level.‚Äč

The following three sessions are Mi-STAR Professional Learning Sessions. All Michigan teachers are welcome to attend one or more of these sessions. Teachers who have started Mi-STAR’s Professional Learning Program and who attend all three sessions in the series will receive a certificate of completion for the “Day 1” experiential session.  

Mi-STAR Professional Learning Session I: Introducing the Challenge
9:00 am - 10:45 am
Session Description: Experience how 21st-century issues and student questioning can drive three-dimensional units. Introductory lessons are designed to activate and expose thinking while motivating students to address real-world challenges. Handouts provided.

Mi-STAR Professional Learning Session II: Real World Science Investigations
11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Session Description: Experience a hands-on lesson that engages students to investigate scientific phenomena and address real-world community problems. Use a comprehensive instructional model designed for three-dimensional learning. Handouts provided.

Mi-STAR Professional Learning Session III: Addressing 21st Century Challenges
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Session Description: Participate in activities from a middle school integrated STEM unit to learn how students use science and engineering to model and address 21st-century topics. Handouts provided.
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Mi-STAR is made possible through the generous support provided by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.
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