Science on the Grand 2019

Registration Cost:

Aug-December 31, 2018: $125

January 1-May 31, 2019: $150

June 1-July 15, 2019: $225




Pitch Tank


Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) honors the person and the profession!

We know teachers have the most important job in the world; that’s why we support the whole teacher. This conference was designed by experts and current classroom teachers to provide research-based and classroom-tested content that supports your classroom expectations, your content standards, and you as a person.

Join us in creating a classroom culture that supports STEAM instruction. Develop lessons — by grade level — for inquiry-based STEAM content, and nurture your own curiosity for personal growth and enjoyment. Plus, you’ll see that you’re not alone with many networking opportunities for you to engage with other teachers by grade level and content area.

Because teachers deserve it!

  • Establish a classroom culture to support STEAM instruction
  • Explore standards-aligned lessons by grade level with STEAM integration
  • Network with like-minded educators in your grade and interest area
  • Nurture your own curiosity and personal growth
  • Win up to $5,000 to supercharge your classroom! (see Pitch Tank tab for details)

Register today!

Bring a friend and share the experience! Plus, principals can attend FREE!

Registration includes:
Two days of inspiration, exploration, and practical takeaways.
• Opportunities to network with like-minded teachers.
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Top 5 Outcomes You’ll Gain at Science on the Grand! 

  1. Discover strategies to establish a rich learning environment and to develop strong habits of mind.
  2. Acquire the content knowledge you need to support inquiry-based STEAM content integration at your grade level.
  3. Connect with like-minded educators for an open and honest dialogue about instruction challenges including NGSS, project-based learning, critical thinking, and student engagement in the classroom.
  4. Engage in optional sessions to nurture your own curiosity for your personal growth and enjoyment.
  5. Apply what you learn in a customized takeaway action plan ready for you to implement in the next school year!

When & Where

Monday, July 15–Tuesday, July 16, 2019
7:30 AM–3:30 pm*

Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) Campus
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

*Optional sessions and events to support personal growth and enjoyment will be offered beyond 3:30 pm. Details coming soon!

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel prices coming soon. May we suggest the following hotel options:

   Homewood Suites by Hilton
   161 Ottawa Ave. NW
   Grand Rapids, MI 49503
   Phone:  1.616.451.2300
   Rates: Coming soon! 

   Courtyard by Marriot
   11 Monroe Ave. NW
   Grand Rapids, MI 49503
   Phone: 877.901.6632
   Rates: Coming soon!

   Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
   187 Monroe Ave. NW
   Grand Rapids, MI 49503
   Phone:  800.253.3590
   Rates: Coming soon!


Parking details coming soon!


Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between campus buildings and parking lot throughout the conference.

What would you do with $5,000 to supercharge your classroom?*

You now have a chance to make this a reality! Be a part of our Pitch Tank at this year’s Science on the Grand Conference. Submit an application and pitch your ideas to transform your classroom. The teacher(s) that are most convincing can leave with up to $5,000 to turn their classroom dreams into realities! 

If you’d like to participate, please let us know!

Download VAEI’s Pitch Tank Submission Form for more information. Individuals and/or teams will be selected to enter the tank. Submissions are due by July 6, 2019. Entries may be sent to For official rules and regulations, click here.

If selected as a finalist, you will state your case to a panel of judges at the Science on the Grand 2019. The intent is to have fun while sharing your ideas in front of the judges and a live audience!

Three Steps to Enter: 

  1. Register for the conference.
  2. Tell us what you would do with the money via VAEI’s Pitch Tank Submission Form by July 6, 2019.
  3. If selected as a finalist, present your case to a panel of judges in front of a live audience on July 15, 2019!

*Concept is based on a popular tv show, but is not affiliated with it in any way, shape, or form. This is just an effort to put some fun in funding!

Bring a friend and share the experience! Plus, principals can attend FREE!+

Registration includes…

  • Two days of inspiration, exploration, and practical take aways.
  • Opportunities to network with like-minded teachers.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a special brewery tour with dinner!

Individual Tuition

  • August–December 31, 2018: $125
  • January 1–May 31, 2019: $150
  • June 1–July 15, 2019: $225 

All prices per person. Registrations cannot be shared.

+With the paid registration of a staff member, a principal from the same building may attend for FREE. Free principal registrations are nontransferable. To receive the free principal offer, principals must register by phone with name of paid registrant. Call 616.234.5228.

Here’s what you missed at Science on the Grand 2018:
Event Photos:

Watch your art installation come to life!
Taylor Mali’s Keynote Address:
Gentry Lee’s Keynote Address: