Connecting Educators and STEM Organizations
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education has been a heavy focus for the Math/Science Center for the past few years. Governor Snyder announced that the month of October is STEM Career Awareness Month. In response, the Mecosta-Osceola Math/Science Center along with the Michigan STEM Partnership Straits Hub hosted an event at Ferris State University to connect K-12 educators to businesses, industries, higher-education, and other organizations. The mission was to have educators make connections with organizations in the community that are will to share or provide resources for school districts.
We had representatives from four of our six districts including representatives from the private schools. Beyond our counties, we had participants from far as Ingham ISD, Winn Elementary, Westshore ISD, and Traverse City Public Schools. In all we approximated about 80 attendees at the event and 100 if you include organizations that had a booth at the event.
When participants were asked whether the event was worth their time, many responded back with “yes, I made several contacts.” To give an example, Morley Stanwood Elementary is having a science night in December and they were able to make a connection with representatives of Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association. With that connection, they have teachers from Chippewa Hills School District volunteering their time to run a Star Lab at their event. With so many educators making connections, the STEM Symposium Event has been considered a huge success.
Thank you to all our sponsors: Ice Mountain, GoldieBlox, Biggby (Big Rapids), Walmart, Mi STEM Partnership, Math/Science Center Network and Ferris State Univesity's College of Engineering and HVAC.
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