Welcome to #MSUrbanSTEM

The MSU-WIPRO STEM & Leadership Teaching Fellowship program is the culmination of the partnership between global IT giant Wipro, Chicago Public Schools, and Michigan State University's College of Education. Fellows participate in an innovative year-long integrated learning experience to build STEM teachers' capacity and empower them to lead and inspire transformative, innovative practices in urban K-12 schools.

Students Conquer Khan’s LearnStorm Challenge!

Good news for Tasia Pena and her hard-working students!  Twenty two Chromebooks will soon be delivered to her classroom, thanks to the dedication of her students.  They participated in the LearnStorm Challenge. The LearnStorm Challenge is a nine week learning challenge offered by Khan Academy.  Students...

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Making a Difference: Building Partnerships That Work

MSU Urban STEM knows that building partnerships and making connections can make a BIG difference!  Michigan State, WIPRO Ltd. and Chicago Public Schools have joined forces to provide students in urban schools a strong education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Our fellows are also reaching out...

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Tracy Iammartino Named River Educator of the Year

Tracy Iammartino, an eighth grade teacher at Bridge Junior High School, has been named 2015 River Educator of the Year by Friends of the Chicago River.  Iammartino received the award on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at the 19th Annual Chicago River Student Congress, a student-led conference. The Friends’ Chicago...

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Punya Mishra and Sonya Gunnings-Moton Receive Awards of Excellence

We love to acknowledge well-deserved awards!  The MSU Urban STEM family would like to congratulate both Punya Mishra and Sonya Gunnings-Moton.  Both have recently received prestigious university awards.   Punya Mishra received the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.  The award is given for...

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Tilton Students Begin Each Day With a STEM Pledge

The students of Tilton Middle School begin each day with a pledge…a school-wide STEM pledge.  Sandra Jackson and the assistant principal of Tilton composed the pledge and it is now stated over the intercom each morning by the entire student body. The pledge reads: As a part of Tilton STEM Academy, I am paving...

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Candace Marcotte

Candace Marcotte Takes on a New Role at Michigan State

We are delighted to share that Candace has officially joined us in East Lansing  as the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) Program Coordinator.  As you know, Candace has a deep connection and passion for K-12 education and is committed to providing meaningful and creative learning opportunities to...

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An Introduction to Engineering…No Boys Allowed!

“They filled out the application, we crossed our fingers and waited,”  Karoline Sharp reflects on the excitement of a BIG opportunity for some of her female students.  It all started when she received an interesting email from Argonne National Laboratory.  They were hosting a special day dedicated to...

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A Cold War Art Expedition Encourages Students to Value the Beauty in Patterns and Numbers

William Brown recently brought an abundance of color and creativity to a study on the Cold War.  He was in pursuit of integrating both visual and performing arts into his history lessons.  So he and some colleagues decided to host a Cold War Art Expedition.  He offered his students a chance to express their...

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The MSU/Wipro Urban STEM Partnership is Making the News…in India!

Michigan State’s partnership with Wipro Ltd. was recently recognized in support of President Obama’s “Computer Sciences for All” initiative. New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) acknowledged three prominent IT companies for their devotion to enhancing STEM teaching and learning.  Infosys, Tata...

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William Campillo is Now STEM Coordinator at Hernandez Middle School

We’ve recently reached out to a few members of our first cohort to ask…Where are you NOW? William Campillo happily shared his story.  In a recent letter to Sonya Gunnings-Moton, William wrote, “Since the experience with MSU Urban STEM, I have had changes in my work that I attribute solely to the...

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Sparty on! Our Awesome Fellows Visit the Michigan State Campus

Saturday, December 5th was very special. Michigan State University gladly welcomed our 49 MSU Urban STEM fellows to the campus for a fun day of learning. The Chicago fellowship arrived by bus late Friday evening and settled in for a good night’s sleep at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.  Saturday...

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Stephen Tow Takes 142 Students to Visit Robot Revolution Exhibit

It was a BIG day filled with the magical wonders of science.  Stephen Tow took 142 students on a very exciting field trip to the ‘Robot Revolution’ exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  Students, grades 5-8, had a chance to observe a variety of amazing displays including robots...

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