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      $5M grant to help boost middle school education

      Michigan Technological University says a $5 million grant will help in an effort to improve middle school science education that is expected to be tested in several school districts.

      The Houghton school on Monday announced the three-year grant from the Midland-based Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

      The foundation has funded the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform program, or Mi-STAR, to develop a model for changing middle-school education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. It will include coming up with a new STEM curriculum.

      Several other universities are among those involved. A pilot project is expected to take place in several school districts, including Midland, Grand Rapids and Eaton Rapids as well as the Public Schools of Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw and Houghton-Portage Township Schools.