January 2023
Education, business, and community partners in Michigan are embarking on a journey to make the state a world leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education.
Regional Feature
"Growing" Main Street and STEM Learning Across Michigan 

Educators across Michigan joined business community leaders to find a new way to help students build a digital Talent Profile which catalogs demonstrations of STEM learning through career applications.  This effort, which launched in Northview Public Schools more than 10 years ago as a part of Superintendent Dr. Scott Korpak’s vision for education innovation, became known as The Mavin Project.

The Mavin Project is a consortium of Michigan educators, business leaders, university faculty, and others who have helped build and implement the Grow MainStreet (GMS) learning application within the Mavin platform.  GMS is a new way for students to connect with careers through hands-on STEM projects, designed in partnership with real employers.  GMS challenges students to apply STEM skills, along with industry tools and technologies, to build projects and solve problems across seven industries:

  • Construction & Design
  • Apparel & Fashion
  • Transportation & Energy
  • Farm to Fridge (IoT learning)
  • Safety & Security (IoT learning)
  • Health & Informatics (IoT learning)
  • Water & Waste Management (IoT learning)
The project partners (which include private industry, workforce development, NGO’s, classroom teachers, counselors, school leaders, higher education institutions, and education organizations - including the MiSTEM Network for Greater West Michigan) had a unifying concern that the only universal method for a student to document and communicate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is through standardized assessments and course grades.  These metrics, alone, marginalize many students and this is especially true in rural and urban communities. 
The new 3D print lab at Grant Middle School helps students complete problem-based activities
Northview Highlands Middle School student completing a module in Grow Main Street
The Mavin Project Team visioned how to build and deploy new technology allowing EVERY student to archive and dynamically share their first-hand demonstrations of STEM knowledge, skills and abilities (via their Talent Profile) with teachers, post-high school education programs and potential employers.  Click here to see and hear four student Talent Profiles that were created in the platform.

We spoke to educators across Michigan who have implemented at least one GMS module in their classroom, building, or district and here is what they had to say: 

Why is hands-on learning in Grow MainStreet an effective way to introduce careers?

  • "GMS increases student engagement and students are experiencing fun and enjoyment as they are learning and applying the same STEM concepts that real professionals use." (Greg Helmer, Superintendent of Ravenna Public Schools)
  • "Students can read about careers all day without feeling heavily interested in their possibilities. What draws a student to a job is passion. Passions are discovered through experiences. These PBL projects allow students to discover and experience jobs and grow their passion." (Ryan Stevens, 5th and 6th grade STEAM teacher for Ravenna Public Schools)
  • "It allows students to connect what they are learning to everyday topics and ideas, which helps the learning make more sense to them." (Melanie Depray Learst, Curriculum Director for Westwood Community Schools)
  • "One area of focus in my class is developing an awareness of the transferable employability (soft) skills required in many different jobs.  With Grow MainStreet, students learn about these from real professionals and can then see how these same skills are applied within the classroom activities."  (Josh Delameter, 8th grade Science and Careers Teacher for Grant Public Schools) 
  • "This is very cool!  I am so proud of our students for what they are producing and of our teachers and staff for finding a way to make Grow MainStreet learning fit into our existing STEAM rotations.  The missing component has been the opportunity for meaningful career exploration at 5th and 6th grade and now we are solving that."  (Jamey Vermaat, Principal for Northview Highlands Middle School)
Access to the Mavin platform is free for students, educators and businesses. Three of the seven Grow MainStreet modules are free to students and educators:  Construction & Design, Transportation & Energy, and Apparel & Fashion. 

If you are interested in having your students demonstrate their ability in STEM through Grow MainStreet, contact Ginger Rohwer, Regional Director of the MiSTEM Network's Greater West Michigan Region, at  

Help Increase the Accuracy of Michigan's Broadband Map

Because high-speed internet is not available to nearly half a million homes in Michigan, the state is urging every Michigander to check their home and business level of internet access on the preliminary broadband map to ensure that is it accurate. The Michigan High-Speed Internet office is working to challenge the map too, but it’s important for everyone across the state to know how to view and challenge the map. 

Here’s how to access the FCC broadband map: 

  1. Visit here, then type in an address and see if the reported coverage is accurate. You can access the site from a computer or a mobile device. 
  2. Residents can submit a challenge by clicking “Location Challenge” if the location of their home or business is missing or incorrect, or “Availability Challenge” if the internet service information is incorrect. 
  3. Residents should visit the website of any internet service provider that claims to serve their location and use the website's "Check Availability" or similar tool to determine if the provider can serve their location. 
  4. If they can't, a screenshot of their website can be submitted to the FCC as evidence for an Availability Challenge.
  5. Consumers can follow the instructions on how to file an availability challenge using the new map here
Watch this how-to video for full instructions - Challenge the FCC Broadband Map

Resources from the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI): 

First Cybersecurity + GRC Pathway Launches at WMCAT
WMCAT’s new tuition-free career training pathway in cybersecurity and governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) aims to address family economic security, diversify the tech talent pipeline, and support inclusive growth in West Michigan. The new Cybersecurity + GRC pathway is part of WMCAT's tuition-free Adult Career Training Program  and is designed to provide Kent County adults experiencing under and unemployment the opportunity for thriving-wage careers in cybersecurity and GRC.  In the first year, this seven-month Cybersecurity + GRC pathway will train 12 Kent County adults. 

Positions in this field can have a significant financial impact on adults and families who remain economically fragile despite working – often referred to as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).  In Grand Rapids, 46% of households live below the ALICE threshold; and in Kentwood and Wyoming, 45%.  Economic disparity is more pronounced when looking at the racial wealth gap.  In the City of Grand Rapids, the median household income is $42,000, but it is only $24,000 for Black residents and $31,000 for Hispanic residents. 

We know that right now economic opportunity is in technology,” shared Jamon Alexander, president + CEO of WMCAT. “WMCAT is committed to connecting people to new educational and career pathways, diversifying the tech talent pipeline, and supporting inclusive growth in the region to ensure all families can thrive in the digital economy.” 

Equity in STEM
Girls Coding and Animated Art Competitions

Code/Art’s coding competitions use art as a vehicle to spark interest in coding, while also breaking preconceived notions about what a computer programmer looks like and what their interests are. 

Code/Art’s CodeYourSelf™ competition combines creativity, art, and coding to inspire more girls to pursue computer science while also helping change society’s view of what a coder looks like: 

  • Write a computer program that generates your self-portrait and is inspired by the current theme 
  • For girls in grades 3-12  

The Animated Art competition challenges participants to create an animated art piece that is composed or constructed by a computer program: 

  • Create an animated art piece that is composed or constructed by your computer program 
  • For girls in grades 3-12 

Winners will be recognized at the Code/Art Fest which celebrates the achievements of young coders. Check out these resources for educators and learn more

The submission deadline is February 17, 2023.  

African American Student Initiative (AASI) Professional Learning
 The African American Student Initiative (AASI) is a journey of personal and professional transformation in a brave space that allows participants to reflect and dialogue about topics that are central to our collective humanity. Together, participants will engage in learning that explores facets of their cultural selves, experiences that make up their lives, and strategies they can use to intentionally interrupt unconscious biases and assumptions.  

Additionally, AASI equips educators to examine and question their individual and collective values and beliefs to eliminate marginalization, disparities, and disproportionality within Michigan schools. Integrating knowledge, skills, and behaviors to advance diversity, justice, equity, inclusion, and belonging is the core of this initiative. More information can be found here

Phase 1 Sessions: 

  • Phase 1 meets from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on a monthly basis.
  • The 5 sessions require 4.5 hours of dedicated synchronous meeting time as well as some asynchronous work.
  • Participants will be awarded a total of 34 SCECHs at the end of the 5 sessions (based on synchronous and asynchronous participation).
  • The next Phase 1 session series begin February 2023. For registration and additional details, please refer to this link

Phase 2 Sessions: 

  • Phase 2 meets online monthly and requires 4.5 hours of dedicated synchronous meeting time.  
  • Participants MUST have attended either Phase 1 or Phase 3 before attending these sessions.
  • The next phase 2 sessions begin in September 2023.  Stay tuned for registration information. 

Phase 3: Culturally Responsive School Leadership Institute 

  • Online and in-person options are available and require 2 ½ consecutive days of dedicated meeting time. 
  • Participants may attend Phase 3 prior to phase 1. 
  • Online/Virtual sessions are scheduled for March 20-22, 2023, and June 12-14, 2023.  
  • For registration and additional details, please refer to this link.  

These opportunities are provided at no cost for staff in identified (CSI, TSI, ATS) schools. In addition, there is no cost to attend for ISD, district, MDE personnel who are supporting the identified schools. 

Additional AASI professional learning opportunities for educators in the field beginning Fall 2023: 

  • AASI Wellness - meets online monthly on Saturday mornings from 9 am-12 pm 
  • AASI statewide mathematics PLC - meets online monthly and requires 90 minutes of dedicated synchronous meeting time
  • AASI DEI coordinators/leaders - meets online monthly and requires 3 hours of dedicated meeting time

Please reach out to Jill Griffin ( with any comments, questions, contestations, celebrations, etc. 

For Families
7th Annual Roger That! Conference

Roger That! is a two-day public symposium honoring the memory of Grand Rapids astronaut Roger B. Chaffee, and intended to promote interest in both space exploration specifically and STEM in general.  

This year's keynote speaker is astronaut José Hernández, whose inspiring life story is the subject of the upcoming movie, "A Million Miles Away." The event also includes virtual presentations by experts around the world and in-person STEM-based activities for all ages, including a design challenge for 4th-8th graders at GVSU on Friday and family-friendly activities at Grand Rapids Public Museum on Saturday.  Click here for more information! 


  • Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023


  • Grand Valley State University's DeVos Center:
    • 401 W Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, Building E, Loosemore Auditorium and Hager Exhibition Space 
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
    • 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504


  • All activities at GVSU are free of charge. 
  • The keynote at GRPM is free of charge; other activities are included with museum admission ($12 for adults with discounts for Kent County residents and seniors, $5 for children/students with free admission for Kent county children).

STEM kits and classroom visits are available free of charge to interested K-12 teachers. Both are available on a first-requested, first-served basis. The STEM kits include instructions and equipment for hands-on exploration and are aligned with 5th grade NGSS standards, although teachers of any grade-level may request and receive the kits while supplies last. Please email to request kits and/or classroom visits. 

STEAM activities for K-5 students are organized by GRPM on Friday, February 10 to afford younger students the opportunity to learn about space exploration through a series of programs, including hands-on activities and planetarium presentations. Family-friendly activities also occur at GRPM on Saturday, February 11, 2023. 

Design That! (a design challenge competition) is held at GVSU for 4th – 8th school students, with students working in teams to describe and solve problems in one of four areas – humans in space, communities in space, technology in space, or equal opportunities in space. Students are encouraged to design and build physical objects or use non-fictional and fictional narrative styles to present solutions to challenges related to space exploration. Design That! was designed to align with specific NGSS standards, and students can present their projects in person and/or via short videos. Prizes will be awarded separately for 5th -6th grades and 7th -8th grades.

An academic conference on Friday, February 10, 2023 from 8:30am - 4pm will feature a series of virtual presentation by experts in two domains: Space & Society and Space & Science. These talks are geared towards an adult lay audience, primarily college students and the general public, but high school classes are welcome to attend and specific talks are accessible to all ages. The conference is free, but registration is required. Registration opens in January, at which time abstracts for the talks will be available on the symposium website.  

The 2023 keynote speaker,  Astronaut José Hernández, grew up in a family of California farmworkers, moving from place to place throughout the different agricultural seasons. Drawn to the space program and encouraged by his family and teachers, Hernandez focused on his studies, going to college and eventually earning a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. An upcoming movie about Hernández's story, A Million Miles Away, is currently in production.  He will be speaking in the Loosemore Auditorium at GVSU's Pew Campus at 6pm on Friday, February 10, 2023 and at the Grand Rapids Public Museum at 11am on Saturday, February 11, 2023
For more information about any aspect of the Roger That! symposium, visit or contact Dr. Karen Gipson at
For Educators
2023 Math In Action (MIA) and Conversations Among Colleagues (CAC)
Join us! The 2023 Math In Action and Conversations Among Colleagues Conferences are both being held on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University. The overlapping programs and joint keynotes are designed to support cross-over attendance. Participants may attend in person or join us remotely to access select hybrid sessions throughout the day. We have separate speaker proposal forms for the two conferences -- please see the conference website for a registration link and full details.

Math in Action presents lively and informative discussions of current issues in mathematics education while providing an opportunity for practicing Pre-K to 12 teachers, prospective teachers, curriculum directors, and college and university faculty to share ideas, concerns, and resources. SCECH credits are available for most sessions. The conference includes three keynote sessions and six, hour-long sessions with multiple sessions for each grade range in each session. This year's keynote speaker is Brette Garner. 

Conversations among Colleagues was designed in 2003-2004 to facilitate conversations between and among mathematicians, mathematics educators, and leaders in mathematics education. In 2015, the Conversations Among Colleagues became the official conference of the Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (MI-AMTE). This year's conference is being held in conjunction with the GVSU Math In Action Conference.
2023 Regional Meeting of the Geological Society of America at GVSU

On May 4-5, 2023, GVSU will host the 2023 North-Central Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Grand Rapids. The meeting offers two days of technical sessions on a range of science topics, especially related to the Great Lakes and Midwest, and a day of field trips led by experts. The technical sessions also include ideas for improving teaching in geoscience. Fieldtrips include traveling down into the gypsum mine, over to the dunes, along the outcrops at Grand Ledge, and even the impact structure at Kentland, Indiana.  

Registration opens in February 2023. Early registration for K-12 professionals for the full meeting is $85. Fieldtrips are an additional fee.  Click here for more details

Engage your students in learning with an inquiry-based Classroom Field Trip for grades K–12 at Van Andel Institute — a leader in biomedical research! They have a full array of hands-on field trips in science, robotics, and engineering. Some of the most popular field trips can also be brought to your classroom or even be done virtually.  Click here to schedule a trip or get more information. 

See Classroom Field Trips in action: Classroom Field Trips at Van Andel Institute 
Classroom Field Trips at Van Andel Institute
New Call to Action for Science Education Toolkit

You can now share information about improving science education with your colleagues and communities using a new toolkit based on the report Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future. With spotlights on science in elementary, higher education, and workforce development, this resource includes a summary of important themes and recommendations from this National Academies report as well as guides for writing letters to the editor about science education.  

Explore the toolkit of resources 
More information about this project 

Fly along with NASA's earth science missions in real-time, monitor earth's vital signs, and see satellite imagery of the latest weather events in an immersive, 3D environment!  Visit the Global Climate Change, Vital Signs of the Planet website to use Earth Now, an application that visualizes recent global climate data from Earth Science satellites. The visualized data include surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor, as well as gravity and sea-level variations.  

For an overview of features, check out this tutorial:  'Earth Now' Tutorial - 
Explore NASA's Climate Change STEM classroom activities, workshops, and programs developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology. NASA provides a reviewed listing of the best available student and educator organizations and resources related to global climate change – you can view the list here.  
Using U.S. Census Data For Classroom Learning!
Statistics in Schools is a national program to bring subjects to life using real-world U.S. Census Bureau data to create materials for all grade levels.

Check out these activities and resources for educators to help kick off the new year showing students how U.S. Census data fits into their world: 
Career Connections
What is Nuclear Engineering? 

Nuclear engineering includes the design, analysis, development, testing, operation, and maintenance of nuclear fission systems and components. The United States currently generates about 18% of its electricity from nuclear power plants. Nuclear engineers provide maintenance to power plants and advance the applications of nuclear medicine. 
Radiation measuring is important to the science and practice of radiation protection, which is the protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of uncontrolled radiation. 
Does learning how to produce energy interest you? Do you like learning how tiny particles react? Then nuclear engineering might be the field for you!  

Nuclear Engineers Career Video - Typical Day as a Nuclear Engineer 
There are several education requirements to become a nuclear engineer. Nuclear engineers usually study mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering or electrical engineering. 79% of nuclear engineers hold a bachelor's degree and 13% hold a master's degree.  

Average U.S. Nuclear Engineer Salary 
What is Marine Energy?

Marine energy, also known as marine and hydrokinetic energy or marine renewable energy, is a renewable power source that is harnessed from the natural movement of water, including waves, tides, and river and ocean currents. Marine energy can be harnessed to generate electricity to power homes, transport and industries.  

To help spur innovation and growth in the marine energy technologies industry and support workforce development, The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed the STEM for Hydropower and STEM for Marine Energy portals to help students explore hydropower careers, networking and career building, virtual plant tours, educator resources, and more!  

Day in the Life: Robynne Murray

Did you know that the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant located right here in Michigan is a hydroelectric plant that has been called one of the world’s biggest electric batteries? 

Ludington’s elegantly simple technology enables the plant to respond quickly to the daily, weekly and seasonal highs and lows of Michigan’s energy demand. The plant also helps keep rates lower because they can avoid the expensive spot market when electricity demand is high.   

Ludington, Michigan - Pumped Storage Power Storage Plant
Award winning Ludington Pumped Storage Plant – Ludington, Michigan 
Read more about the Ludington Pump Storage Plant in the Hydro Review!  

Careers in Environmental Health & Safety

The work of environmental health and safety professionals is vital to protecting the planet, the public, and employees in many industries. A carbon monoxide leak exposes workers to harmful toxins. An oil spill harms birds and fish. An equipment malfunction at a coal plant causes an explosion that sets off a massive wildfire, destroying acres of forest habitat. Environmental health and safety careers can prevent avoidable events like these.

Product, Health, and Safety Engineers Career Video

 Health and Safety Engineers develop procedures and systems to keep people safe. They combine their knowledge of engineering concepts, health and safety to ensure chemicals, machinery and other products do not harm people, property or the environment. Health and Safety Engineers average salary in Michigan is $78,500 and $99,040 for the United States.  
Industrial Hygienists use analytics and environmental modeling to determine the exposure individuals may have to workplace hazards. They implement workplace controls to limit potential health hazards. The average salary for an industrial hygienist is $77,001 per year in the United States.  

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists collect data and analyze different types of work environments and procedures. They inspect workplaces for their adherence to safety, health and environmental regulations. The average Occupational Health & Safety Specialist salary in the United States is $79,893 and salary range typically falls between $74,373 and $84,318. 

Women in Environmental Health and Safety 
Frances Perkins, Former United States Secretary of Labor, experienced "the worst day I ever saw" on March 25, 1911 in New York City. She watched the Triangle Waist Company garment factory burn, resulting in the deaths of 146 employees, many of them women, due to employees becoming trapped without access to safe exit pathways. It was mass chaos that sparked Perkins' motivation to drive systemic change in New York state that soon spread across the country. 
Perkins was determined to improve fire safety, so she became the committee executive secretary for the Safety of the City of New York. She rallied for New York City workers and labor unions and in 1919, Perkins joined the Industrial Commission of the State of New York. In 1929, she was appointed to the inaugural New York State Industrial Commissioner by Franklin Roosevelt, who was the New York governor at the time. Next, in 1933, Perkins joined Roosevelt's cabinet as the Secretary of Labor, where she oversaw the Department of Labor. Finally, in 1945, Perkins served on the US Civil Service Commission under President Truman. 
Perkins was a true trailblazer as the first woman to hold a US cabinet position and she expanded factory investigations, reduced the workweek for women to 48 hours, and championed minimum wage and unemployment insurance laws. She worked vigorously to put an end to child labor and to provide safety for women workers. 

Women's Aviation Career Symposium (WACS) 2023

The Women's Aviation Career Symposium in Battle Creek is a professional career conference designed to introduce women to aviation and to promote networking, education, and scholarships while building up the aviation community! 


  • When:  Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Where:  Western Michigan University College of Aviation, Battle Creek 
  • Who:  Event is open to women only, from high school juniors to retirees 

Click here for more information and to register

Multiple scholarships will be awarded for aviation education, professional development, flight training, and maintenance training.

Application deadline: February 1st at 5:00 p.m. Apply here. 

High school students in the Grand Rapids area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce students to the wide range of career opportunities open in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry. At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices. 

For students, it’s a unique chance to discover and develop new skills, solidify future goals, and get on track to exciting, rewarding careers. In addition, many students form positive relationships with industry professionals who can provide important references for obtaining college admissions, scholarships, internships and full-time employment. 

Click here for more information and to register. 

Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing

Every year, the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment. 

The application process involves a challenge that focuses on having the student develop an original computational artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. Judges will look for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, impact, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline. Applications are open through January 27, 2023. 

Up to four winners will be selected and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize, which will be administered through the financial aid department at the university the student will attend. The prizes are funded by a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell. 

Detailed information, including the link to the online application, is available on the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing website

Discover Manufacturing Scholarship

The Discover Manufacturing Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in manufacturing-related programs or for skilled trades technical training, including continuing education for adults and apprentices: 

  • Discover Manufacturing will award multiple scholarships from $500 to $2000 in 2023. 
  • Scholarship applications are due by April 14, 2023.

Since 2018, Discover Manufacturing has awarded over $10,000 in scholarships to exceptional students who plan to use their skills and education to make a rewarding career in the Advanced Manufacturing Industry. 

Apply here

Technology Grant Program
CYBER.ORG's technology grant program is designed to support teachers and qualified extracurricular programs to provide cyber education to K-12 students in the United States. Grants are awarded based on the availability of funds, geographic representation, and demonstrated need, with preference for applicants who intend to use CYBER.ORG curriculum materials.

Applications will be received continuously, and awards will be made each year in: 
  • April (application deadline is March 15, 2023)
  • September (application deadline is August 15, 2023)
National Energy Education Award

Each year The NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project receives nominations for the Distinguished Service Award and for the Bob Thompson Excellence in Energy Education Award

These nominees are among the most committed NEED teachers, NEED sponsors, and NEED friends. They represent NEED’s mission and philosophy by engaging students in energy explorations, by helping teachers learn how to effectively teach energy in their classrooms, and by supporting NEED with their time and talents. They join a long list of great NEED people who have been a part of NEED’s success for many years. 

The award includes a $1,000 cash grant to the teacher to use as they so choose in the classroom and an all-expenses paid trip to the NEED Energy Conference for Educators hosted each July. You can nominate someone or apply for yourself. More information and how to apply can be found HERE.  

Applications must be received by February 1, 2023.  

do your :bit

The do your :bit digital challenge from Micro:bit encourages youth to use technology to develop ideas and solutions to global problems connected to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, including projects on topics of healthy oceans, tracking animal movements, and climate change. 

Resources for your classrooms and code clubs 
Use these educator resources to introduce the Global Goals, have fun with micro:bit, and develop world-changing ideas and solutions using technology:

  • Introduce the Goals
    • Use the Global Goals guides to introduce students and run activities around global learning. 
  • Explore Micro:bit Projects
    • Have a go at one of the Make it: Code it projects linked to the Goals to show students how to use technology to solve global problems. 
  • Design and Prototype
  • Celebrate Success
    • Celebrate your students' creative solutions!
    • If you're running your own competition, use the 'do your :bit challenge pack' including certificates, posters, bunting and sticker downloads to celebrate your students work. The 'do your :bit challenge pack' will be available to download at the end of January 2023. 

2023 Earth Day Poster Contest 

Information for the 2023 Earth Day Poster Contest and Environmental Service Awards is now available! Students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in the Poster Contest, and students in grades 6-12 are eligible for the Environmental Service Awards.  
Learn more and apply at 

Population Education Challenge

The World of 8 Billion student video contest is now open!  

By taking part in the World of 8 Billion student video contest, you can share your ideas on how to tackle global problems related to population. 

This year's video challenge is for students to explain how population growth impacts one global topic and offer an idea for a sustainable solution. The global topics are: Climate Change, Gender Equality, and Waste. Videos are judged by topic and awards will be presented for High School 9th-12th and Middle School 6th - 8th.  

Learn more about this year's topics here. Explore a topic you feel passionately about and discover the most pressing population issues. Then use the advocacy resources when you are ready to take action! 

When learning about your issue, it’s important that the information you find is accurate. Being knowledgeable about your issue will make you a better advocate. Becoming a critical consumer is tricky, but follow this Critical Consumer Guide and you’ll get the hang of it. 

Visit the World of Billion website for teacher classroom lessons, activism toolkits, and past winners.  

Entries will be accepted until February 22, 2023 (11:59 EST).  

Welcome to the World of 8 Billion Student Video Contest  

Welcome to the World of 8 Billion Student Video Contest
EngineerGirl Writing Contest

Looking for a way to inspire students through engineering role models?  
The 2023 EngineerGirl Writing Contest, "Better Great Achievements," invites students to write a piece that demonstrates how female and/or non-white engineers have contributed to, or can enhance, one of engineering's great achievements. The contest is open to students in grades 3-12 (ages 8-18) and applications are due February 1, 2023.  

Contact Information

Ginger Rohwer
Regional Director
(616) 331-2272

Diane Miller
Business, Community, and Education Liaison
(616) 331-2265

Services provided through a MiSTEM grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

To subscribe to this newsletter, click

Copyright © 2023 GWM MiSTEM Region, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp