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Family Astronomy Night

Image of 2001 Mars Odyssey

Mark your calendar for the next Family Astronomy Night, Tuesday, November 17 at 7 PM! The video from the October 20 event, Mars from Space: What Robotic Spacecraft Have Discovered About The Red Planet, will be posted soon. To watch recorded presentations from past astronomy night events, please visit the Family Astronomy Night webpage. Feature image: Mars Odyssey Orbiter, NASA’s longest-lasting spacecraft…

STEAM Summer Camp Offers Virtual Learning Activities For Kids

Image of STEAM Stew Camper learns about rocks and minerals during virtual summer camp.

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit Michigan, it became clear that many summer camps were at risk of cancellation. Organizers of the annual STEAM Stew camp held at MSU St. Andrews were determined to continue the program online.  In past years, the multi-day camp hosted area middle school students and included field trips and a variety of hands-on activities.    With the move…

MSU Chemical Engineer Developing Styrene-free Bio-Renewable Resins At MSU St. Andrews

Image of The Bambhania family is Spartan green: Harleen, 4, Harshal (MS, '11), Ashleen, 1, and Deboleena Chakraborty (PhD, '10).

Research at Michigan State University is developing new styrene-free bio-renewable resins with broad applicability in the construction of countertops, bathroom fixtures, windmill blades, and boats. Some of the experimentation is taking place at MSU St. Andrews in Midland. The research is from the team of John Dorgan, the Lamp endowed chair and professor of chemical engineering and materials science. Dorgan’s third-year graduate…

Family Astronomy Night Tuesday, April 28

Image of the sun

Join us virtually on Tuesday, April 28 as we focus on learning all about the sun! We will cover what it is made of, how it formed, and what the forces are that hold it together, as well as those trying to tear it apart.  We will describe how it changes day-to-day, month-to-month, over years, centuries, and much longer time periods.  Just…

Summer 2020 Research Program

Beakers in lab

Student notifications were sent via email on June 1.

MSU St. Andrews Collaborates To Create 3D-Printed Medical Face Shields

Medical face mask, clear shield with organge frame

Read more about this in the Midland Daily News. Michigan State University is helping local health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus by making 3D-printed personal protective equipment. To address the critical need for donations, medical face shields are being produced in a joint effort with colleges across MSU’s campus, including the College of…

Summer Research Application Delayed

Beakers in lab

Opportunities for high school students to conduct research are still being planned. Please stay tuned while we develop online program choices.

Family Astronomy Night March 17 – View Event Video

Image of Saturn and system

Due to the coronavirus situation and current public health recommendations, MSU St. Andrews offered a Zoom-based presentation on Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 p.m. If you missed, you can play back the video and enjoy a great presentation! And this link takes you to the star charts that were used. Families with school-age and older children are invited to Zoom in for a…

MSU St. Andrews Delivers Physics Lesson…with Skiis

Man skiing downhill on a sunny day

Classroom visit explains how understanding the basic physics of skiing can help students be better on the slopes.

Family Astronomy & Telescope Night Feb. 28

Image of Saturn and system

Did you know that some stars throb and pulse like a heartbeat? That some stars change their color or their brightness back and forth over days or months? Or that one of the brightest stars in our sky has suddenly dimmed quite noticeably, and astronomers don’t know why?    Save the date for the next family astronomy and telescope event on Friday,…