Putting the "wow" in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), that's what this event is all about.
In September for the last four years we've held the Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival at Delta College. This two-day event is an engaging, hands-on, informal environment for area youth and their families to experience STEM. Through this event we're able to show students concepts on a much larger scale than teachers can pull off in the classroom.
Plus, there's the opportunity to meet with before and after school groups that could continue the excitement after the event ends, the opportunity to meet with colleges and universities to explore higher education options and the opportunity to meet with professionals from a variety of careers in an environment that really encourages one-on-one interaction between young people and professionals.
In 2016, we hosted 3,665 middle school students on Friday. And, we estimate that over 3,000 additional visitors enjoyed the Saturday event. Over the past four years we’ve impacted the lives of more than 13,000 middle school students on the Friday events alone!
It's an event that exemplifies collaboration within our community! We sincerely thank our partner, Michigan Technical University's Mind Trekkers, our many volunteers and our generous sponsors.
The Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival sponsors
Among other area corporations and organizations
"Statistics show that fewer students are continuing to study STEM fields past middle school, while at the same time STEM careers are growing, causing a deficit of skilled workers in these areas. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to re-engage in fields that have strong forecasts for future growth and earning potential and to see how much fun they can have while learning."
Professor of Biology