Science Updates...from the Minnesota Department of Education!


MDE Updates

MDE Science Update March 2017


- Elementary Science Position Statement - Chemical Disposal Program

Teacher Events and Workshops

- Spring and Summer Workshops - Includes Trees, Rocks, Water, and Pronto-pups

Teacher Awards

- $ 10,000 in awards

School Programs

- Wolves, Maps and Genes

Students Awards and Competitions

- Food, Bowls, and innovations

Plus a nod towards Women’s History Month

Science_Update_Mar_2017.pdf (application/pdf, 872.7 K) posted at 1:24 PM, March 7, 2017
MDE Science Update Feb. 2017

The February Edition of the Science Update from the Minnesota Dept. of Education includes:


- MnSTA position statement of elementary science - Minnesotan receives national teaching award

Teacher events

- Spring and summer workshops

Teacher and School Awards and Programs

- Presidential Award - Chemical disposal

School Programs

- Scientists in the Classroom - Field Trips

Student Programs

- Student competitions - Summer programs

Science_Update_Feb_2017.pdf (application/pdf, 851.6 K) posted at 7:09 AM, February 8, 2017
Science Update Jan 2017

News ·New resource for Earth observations from Mary Colson

Events ·Spring conferences about Earth Science, Lake Superior, Gardening and Climate Change ·Some state and national summer workshops

Teacher Awards ·Presidential Award ·Centers for Disease Control Fellowship

School Programs and Grants ·Physics Force Shows ·Mississippi River programs ·School Gardens grants

Student Awards and Competitions ·Summer science opportunities for high school students ·GIS mapping contest ·National and state competitions

Science_Update_Jan_2017.pdf (application/pdf, 712.3 K) posted at 1:06 PM, January 6, 2017
Science Update November 2016

November Science Update includes


Teacher Events and Workshops

Teacher and School Awards and Opportunities

Students Awards, Competitions and Programs

Science_Update_November_2016.pdf (application/pdf, 656.7 K) posted at 6:20 PM, November 10, 2016
Science Update October 2016

* NSTA Conference Minneapolis, Oct 27-29: Celebrate Science: 10,000 Connections

* MCA Science Benchmark Reports Available

* Safety Alert: Disposing Live Organisms

* Presidential Awards Announced

* MDE Website is reorganized * Teacher Events and Workshops

* Teacher and School Awards and Opportunities

* Student Awards, Competitions and Programs

Science_Update_October_2016.pdf (application/pdf, 617.7 K) posted at 11:09 AM, September 28, 2016

News Presidential Awards announced STEM Day at the State Fair

Teacher Events National Science Educator conference in Minneapolis Free GIS Educator Day in Duluth

Teacher and School Opportunities Donating Books for Africa Garden and Tree Grants

Student Programs Teaching the Science of the Olympics Scientists in the Classroom

Science_Update_August_2016.pdf (application/pdf, 372.2 K) posted at 10:46 AM, August 23, 2016
MDE Science Update, May 2016

Three MN Schools Earn US DOE Green Ribbon Award

MDE Science Specialist travels to Liberia

Many Teacher Events and Workshops

Award Opportunities for Teachers and Students

Science_Update_May_2016.pdf (application/pdf, 257.3 K) posted at 10:41 AM, May 9, 2016
MDE Science Update, Jan 2016

Science Standards Feedback and Instruction meetings and workshops Science Teachers Conferences Summer Workshops

Teacher Awards and Grants

Student Challenges and Opportunities

Science_Update_Jan_2016.pdf (application/pdf, 552.9 K) posted at 9:23 PM, January 18, 2016
MDE Science Update, Nov 2015
News - Give feedback about science standards Events - Preparing for spring teacher conferences Teacher and School Awards - Many awards available - Apply now Student Programs - Physics Shows - Environmental opportunities
Science_Update_Nov_2015.pdf (application/pdf, 393.6 K) posted at 12:12 PM, December 9, 2015
MDE Science Update, Dec 2015
The December Science Update includes News - Input sessions for the next review of science standards - MN educators at the Paris Climate Talks Events - Winter and Spring statewide conferences Awards and Programs - State and national teacher awards - Student competitions and programs
Science_Update_Dec_2015.pdf (application/pdf, 505.8 K) posted at 12:10 PM, December 9, 2015
MDE Science Update, Oct 2015

The attached Minnesota Dept. of Education Science Update features:


Preparing for Revision of Science Standards MCA Benchmarks Reports Workshops and Events Math and Science EdCamp – an “unconference” Science sessions at MEA Teacher and School Awards and Opportunities Presidential Awards for K-6 Green Ribbon Schools Awards Grant opportunities Student Awards and Programs Follow a Kilimanjaro Expedition DNR resources Manufacturing Tours You are receiving this e-newsletter directly as a benefit of MnSTA membership. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

2015_9_MDE_Update.pdf (application/pdf, 309.9 K) posted at 8:33 PM, October 7, 2015
MDE Science Update, Sept 2015
The September edition of the MDE Science Update includes: News - Green Schools Tours - Safety Alert: Methanol Explosions Teacher Events - Go4st8 Physics - STEM Magnet Schools - Earth Science Week - Education Minnesota Conference - EdCamp: Science and Math - Wild Case of Climate Change Teacher and School Opportunities - Einstein Fellows - Field Trip Grants Student Competitions and Programs - eCybermission - Real World Design Challenge - Climate Resources - Health and Climate Materials - Robotics competitions
Science_Update_Sep_2015.pdf (application/pdf, 385.6 K) posted at 4:50 PM, September 9, 2015
2015_1 January, 2015 MDE Science Update


- Teckne award for E4 conference

- NSDL moves to a new site

Teacher Events and Workshops

- Several spring science conferences including MnSTA, MESTA, NSTA and STEM

- Specific workshops for Schoolyard Gardens, Enviromental Education and Engineering is Elementary

Teacher and School Awards

- MnSTA Science Teaching Award

- Presidential Award

- Residential and paying teacher programs

Student Programs, Awards and Competitions

- FREE Science Camps

- Career Exploration programs

- Individual and team competitions

The Science Update is sent directly to members of MnSTA as a membership benefit

Science_Update_Jan_2015.pdf (application/pdf, 478.5 K) posted at 7:15 PM, January 2, 2015
October 2014 Science Update
The October edition of the Science Update includes: News - The Mole Day and MnSTA Connection - Tour of Mn Green Schools Events and Workshops - Science Sessions at Education Minnesota - Ed Camp: an "Unconference" for Science - Elementary Engineering Conference with Will Steger Teacher and School Awards - Green Schools Award - Presidentail Award for secondary teachers Student Programs and Competitions - robotics, science fairs, national competitions and much more!
2014_10_Science_Update.pdf (application/pdf, 621.5 K) posted at 9:15 PM, October 6, 2014
2014_4_Science_Update_Apr_2014.pdf (application/pdf, 333.6 K) posted at 5:10 PM, April 14, 2014
2014_3_Science_Update_Mar_2014.pdf (application/pdf, 405.6 K) posted at 5:10 PM, April 14, 2014
2014_2_1_Science_Update_Feb_2014.pdf (application/pdf, 437.5 K) posted at 5:35 PM, February 13, 2014
2011_1_Science_Update_Jan_2011.pdf (application/pdf, 183.4 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2012_1_ScienceUpdateJan2012.pdf (application/pdf, 190.9 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2011_2_Science_Update_Feb_2011.pdf (application/pdf, 146.9 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2011_5_Science_Update_May_2011.pdf (application/pdf, 190.5 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2011_11_ScienceUpdateNov2011.pdf (application/pdf, 194.3 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2012_4_MnSTA_Report_from_MDE_Science_Specialist_April_2012.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 33.6 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2012_4_Science_Update_April_2012.pdf (application/pdf, 131.1 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2012_6_Science_Update_June_2012.pdf (application/pdf, 142.8 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2012_8_Science_Update_August_2012.pdf (application/pdf, 159.5 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2012_9_1_Science_Update_Sep_2012.pdf (application/pdf, 89.9 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2012_9_2Science_Update_Sep_2012_no_2.pdf (application/pdf, 111.1 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_1_Science_Update_Jan_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 260.7 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2012_11_Science_Update_November_2012.pdf (application/pdf, 133.1 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_3_Science_Update_Mar_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 291.7 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_4_Science_Update_Apr_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 339.2 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_5_Science_Update_May_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 325.4 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_6_Science_Update_June_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 248.4 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_7_Science_Update_July_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 225.2 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_11_Science_Update_November_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 478.9 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_10_Science_Update_October_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 427 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2013_8_Science_Update_August_2013.pdf (application/pdf, 162.4 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2014_1_Science_Update_Jan_2014.pdf (application/pdf, 424.4 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014
2014_1_2Science_Update_Highlights_Jan_2014.pdf (application/pdf, 231.7 K) posted at 10:36 AM, January 23, 2014


John Olson, Science Content Specialist,

Dawn Cameron, Science Assessment Specialist,

Jim Wood, Science Assessment Specialist,

Doug Paulson, STEM Integration Specialist,

Jeff Ledermann, Environmental & Outdoor Ed. Specialist, 


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