Mi-STAR: Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform

Middle School STEM Education Reform

Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) 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.

PI:  Dr. Jacqueline Huntoon, Provost and Geological & Mining Engineering.

Co-PI:  Dr. Chris Wojick, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Project Director.

Co-PI:  Dr. Ed Robeck, American Geosciences Institute.

Co-PI:  Dr. Brad Baltensperger, Cognitive & Learning Sciences.

Co-PI:  Mr. Doug Oppliger, Engineering Fundamentals.

Funding:  Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation



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Mi-STAR, the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform project, is developing a new place-based, fully integrated middle school science curriculum that emphasizes the connections between science, technology, engineering and mathematics and engages students in the practices of science and engineering. Mi-STAR is a partnership of public higher education and K-12 schools in Michigan. Mi-STAR is funded by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

Get Involved

Mi-STAR is looking for teachers and faculty members from Michigan schools who are interested in developing the new, place-based, middle school integrated science curriculum beginning in 2015. Participants will receive training and stipends for participation and will get to create the
future of STEM education in Michigan.

School District Partners

  • Eaton Rapids Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grosse Pointe Public Schools
  • Houghton-Portage Township Schools
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Midland Public Schools
  • Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw

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