April 2022
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 News
Bill Boerman Named 2022-23 Regional Teacher of the Year by MDE

Congratulations to Bill Boerman for being named a 2022-23 Regional Teacher of the Year!  Boerman is a STEM Teacher at Holland Middle School in the Holland Public School District.  This award adds to his accomplishments as he was named National Amazing Teacher of the Month in 2021 by Gannett Publications, the parent company of The Holland Sentinel. 

Boerman has developed strong community partnerships to help bring opportunities to his students such as 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, a mobile kitchen unit, and the school’s greenhouse.  

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) organizes the Teacher of the Year program to honor and elevate teacher voice. Honorees will have the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge as they work with stakeholders to strengthen Michigan’s public schools for our students and our educators. 

The 2022-23 honorees were chosen for their dedication to the teaching profession, as evidenced by their commitment to their students and track record of service in the teaching profession. 

Together, the Regional Teachers of the Year (RTOYs) comprise the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC). The mission of the MTLAC is to bring teacher voice to a wider audience, including direct work with MDE to provide input on proposed policies and initiatives, and to help to share valuable information and resources with teacher colleagues in their respective regions. 

The next step in the process is for each RTOY to interview with a panel of statewide education stakeholders, with one individual being selected as the 2022-23 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). 

The MTOY has a seat at the State Board of Education table as a non-voting member; attends several national conferences with fellow state teachers of the year from other U.S. states and territories, to represent the experiences of Michigan’s teachers and students; and will be Michigan’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. 

GenCyber Summer Camp for Teachers at Michigan Tech

Join other teachers for a weeklong exploration of cybersecurity and computers in the scenic Upper Peninsula of Michigan! 

A GenCyber teacher camp for thirty middle / high school teachers will be held on Michigan Tech campus during the week of June 20 - June 24, 2022. The camp covers fundamental cyber hygiene and cybersecurity knowledge including ethics, phishing, PC architecture, Linux, networking, wireless, and ethical hacking. The camp also includes 8 hours of pre-camp activities and 8 hours of post-camp activities during the school year. The GenCyber camp curriculum was built upon the Michigan Computer Science K-12 Standards.  

Benefits for Teachers:

  • 24 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) 
  • Stipend of $600 for attending and completing GenCyber activities 
  • Free room & board (commuting optional) 
  • Free Raspberry Pi computer 
  • Experience with Computer Science & Cybersecurity matching K-12 standards 
  • Opportunity to explore MTU & the beautiful landscape of the Keweenaw Peninsula 

Prior knowledge of computers and cybersecurity is not required. However, it’s helpful to have a strong interest in computers and cybersecurity. Women and underrepresented minority groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply. 

For more information and to apply, visit

Applications will be accepted until the camp is full. 

STEM Equity
Earth Day 3D Printing Lesson: Under the Sea

To celebrate Earth Day 2022, MakerGirl is hosting a nationally available opportunity: Earth Day 3D Printing Lesson: Under the Sea. Girls ages 7–10 will learn about 3D printing for coral reef preservation techniques as well as the first woman to direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps and Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, Evelyn J. Fields. Girls will design a 3D sea creature, which will be printed and mailed to them after the session. 

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 
Time: 6:00 PM  7:15 PM 

Click here for more information and to register. 

MakerGirl is working to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields by providing 3D printing classes to girls ages 7–15.  During each session, participants learn about 3D design, 3D printing and its applications, women in STEM, and careers in STEM and each participant designs and prints their very own object. 

State of Girls and Women in STEM

The State of Girls and Women in STEM, a publication from the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), presents a high-level summary of the most compelling statistics and research on the state of girls and women in STEM and is focused on K-12 Education, Higher Education, and the STEM Workforce. The report highlights the impacts of intersectional inequalities, as Latina, Black, and Indigenous women represent less than 10% of the STEM workforce. 

The report emphasizes that "Girls/young women and boys/young men do not significantly differ in their abilities in mathematics and science but do differ in their interest, confidence, and sense of belonging in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics." 

To help disrupt this inequity, see Evidence-based Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Girls and Women in STEM, a document produced jointly by the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub and NGCP: 

Eight Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Girls & Women in STEM:

  • Emphasize Communal Goals and Opportunities for Practice 
  • Foster Engagement Among Key Entities and Stakeholders 
  • Provide More Informal STEM Learning Environments 
  • Enhance Professional Development for Educators: Content, Context, and Connection 
  • Confront Gender-Based Biases and Provide Supportive Spaces 
  • Use Targeted Messaging and Conversations to Build Interest and Confidence 
  • Encourage Mentoring and Role Modeling from Female Faculty Embrace Work-life Balance and Family-friendly Policies 
New STEM Teaching Tools
STEM Teaching Tools are short briefs designed to bring together ideas and resources to address common challenges as educators adopt the new vision for science education in the National Research Council (NRC) Framework and resulting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Check out these three new STEM Teaching Tools! 
Practice Brief #86: How do race and racism connect with science learning in early childhood and elementary classrooms?  
Practice Brief #87: Identifying local environmental justice phenomena for investigations 
Practice Brief #85: Principals! Here’s how you can foster equitable three-dimensional science learning 
STEM Teaching Tools content copyright 2014-2022 University of Washington Institute for Science + Math Education. All rights reserved. 
Girlstart Resources for Educators

The Girlstart for Educators website was created to help you empower your students in STEM! Here you will find free Girlstart curriculum, STEM resources, effective messaging tips, collaboration opportunities, and more. Join the Girlstart for Educators email newsletter and receive quarterly tips and resources on engaging girls in STEM directly to your inbox. 

Resources for Educators: 

Michigan Girls Future Flight Challenge

The Michigan Girls Future Flight Challenge is a virtual aerospace competition hosted by Women of AIAM (Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan) where 4th-8th grade girls will work in teams of 2-5 students to creatively design a sustainable, unique way of flight to solve a problem of your choosing! Earn points and prizes with your friends by using imagination, art, and design while learning presentation, business, and engineering tools! 

The girls will have the opportunity to directly connect with women working in the aerospace industry in Michigan who will serve as mentors for their project, over a period of several weeks. 

Virtual Kickoff: 
April 23, 10:00AM – 11:00AM 
Register here 

Closing virtual presentations are on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Links for the closing presentation webinar will be sent to each student and their parent/guardian through email following the kickoff event. Prizes will be given out for finalist teams at the end of the quest! 

Questions? Interested in Sponsoring? Contact Taylor Apker at or Kaylee Mead at 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarships
3M Scholarship
In partnership with 3M, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is pleased to announce the 3M Scholarship for incoming college freshman students pursing ANY STEM degree. Through an innovative grant designed to not only provide STEM college and career readiness resources to high school students, this grant also provides the critical financial support undergraduate students need to successfully complete their STEM degrees.  

AISES 3M Scholarship application deadline is May 31, 2022 at 1:59 AM (EDT)

Scholarship Amount: $2,500 for the academic year for incoming college freshman students. 
Eligible Degrees: Any STEM degree such as Biology, Medical Sciences, Physical Science, Computer Science, or Natural Resources. 
Student Status: Students must be full-time incoming college freshman at an accredited two-year or four-year college/university for the 2022-2023 academic year. 
Grade Point Average: Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
For more information and to apply, click here.  


USAA Scholarship
In partnership with USAA, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is pleased to announce the USAA Scholarship for undergraduate Native Veterans pursuing ANY STEM degree. Along with providing the critical financial support undergraduate Native Veteran students who need to successfully complete their STEM degrees, USAA is also sending some of their scholars to the 2022 AISES National Conference. 

AISES USAA Scholarship application deadline is May 31, 2022 at 1:59 AM (EDT)

Scholarship Amount: $2,000 for the academic year for undergraduate students. 
Eligible Degrees: Any STEM degree. 
Student Status: Students must be a Native American U.S. Veteran. Students must be a full-time undergraduate at an accredited two-year or four-year college/university for the 2022-2023 academic year. 
Grade Point Average: Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
For more information and to apply, click here.  


Intel Growing The Legacy Scholarship Program 
AISES is proud to partner with Intel Corporation and the Intel Scholars program, which aims to expand access and opportunity, and to increase the pipeline of diverse STEM talent. The program provides scholarships for Native American students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM.  The Intel Scholars program goes beyond direct financial support by providing impactful career-building opportunities for its awardees, including an Intel mentorship program, exposure to Intel job opportunities, career-focused training and workshops, mental health and wellness support, and more. 

AISES Intel Scholarship application deadline is May 31, 2022 at 1:59 AM (EDT)

Scholarship Amounts: 

  • $10,000 per academic year for Graduate students (Masters and Doctoral students) 
  • $5,000 per academic year for Undergraduate students (College Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors) 
  • $5,000 per academic year for Native Next Generation students (2022-2023 In-coming college freshman) 

Eligible Degrees
Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Physics, Software Engineering

Student Status: Students must be a U.S. citizen, enrolled full-time at an accredited college/university, and be pursuing a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. 
Grade Point Average: Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
For more information and to apply, click here

For a full list of scholarships available, click here.  Applicants for all scholarships listed above must be an enrolled citizen or a decedent of an enrolled citizen of a federal or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village; or Native Hawaiian or decedent from a Native Hawaiian; or Pacific Islander or decedent from Pacific Islander; or Indigenous person of Canada. Enrollment documents and/or a copy of birth certificate(s) showing descendancy from an enrolled citizen, Indigenous group of Canada, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander are acceptable. Applicant may also, instead, provide a copy of their Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (CDIB) card.  

All scholarships listed above require applicants be current AISES members at the time of application. All applicants will be required to enter a valid AISES membership number. To get a membership number join AISES or retrieve your membership number through AISES Membership Portal.  

AISES membership is now FREE for all pre-college and college students! Sign up to become a member here.  

Let's empower high school students to address complex problems with design solutions that help build a better future, for people and the planet! 

Kendall College of Art and Design's Wege Prize High School Collaborative Studio is a summer workshop for curious high school students entering their junior/senior years that immerses students in the solving of complex “wicked” problems through the lens of whole systems design thinking, sustainability, and the circular economy. 

The 2022 Cohort is now accepting applications!  Applications are due by June 27. 

2022 Program Dates: 
July 25–August 5, 2022
Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30pm

Students will receive: 

  • $500 stipend and lunches
  • Certificate of completion 
  • College/career readiness and portfolio quality work 
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Community network building and professional mentoring 

More information and application here 

SkillPointe Foundation Scholarships

The SkillPointe Foundation is awarding multiple $1,000 scholarships  every  month  for  individuals pursuing technical/vocational training in construction, healthcare, energy, manufacturing, transportation, and other fields. 

The SkillPointe Foundation’s mission is to ensure everyone has access to training to become a skills-based professional. This scholarship is open to everyone 16 years of age or older, of any ethnicity and educational background. U.S. citizens or legal residents, whose course of study or training program includes technical school, vocational school or community college, are encouraged to apply. This scholarship is exclusively for individuals wishing to gain a certificate, credential or 2 year degree.  

The application deadline is the last day of every month and a minimum of 2 winners will be notified approximately 6 weeks from entry. 

For more information and to apply, click here.

STEM Action Grants

Society for Science is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education that offers STEM competitions, conferences, and STEM grants.  Their STEM Action Grant program aims to bolster and support community-driven nonprofit organizations that are working to enhance the public’s understanding of science and to increase participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields. 

Applicants must meet the eligibility guidelines and criteria specified. Visit The Society for Science STEM Action Grants to find out more about the grant, how to apply and FAQ's.  

Career Connections

High-Demand & High-Wage Occupation: Civil Engineers

Civil engineers are highly trained professionals who plan public works projects and supervise their implementation. Most work in the private sector, but a good portion of them work in government. Their work is all around us - the infrastructure that moves people and commerce around the country was designed and implemented under the guidance of generations of civil engineers. 

Civil engineers design and supervise construction of major public works projects such as buildings, highways, airports, bridges, and dams. Since there are so many different types of projects a civil engineer can undertake, many of them specialize in a type of project or branch of the profession such as transportation engineering, structural engineering or geotechnical engineering. Civil Engineering is a High-Demand, High-Wage Occupation in Michigan and is expected to grow 4.3% through 2028.  

What Do Civil Engineers Do?

Wondering what skills are important for Civil Engineers?  
Every civil engineer should have a strong understanding of industry and government standards, requirements, and guidelines. In addition, civil engineers should have strong leadership, decision-making, analytical thinking, math, organization, technical writing, and communication skills. 

Visit the Balanced to learn more about the five most common and important skills necessary to be a civil engineer.  

A person working as a Civil Engineer in Michigan typically earns around an average yearly salary of $77,160 per year. Salaries range from $52,700 (lowest) to $120,000 (highest). Civil Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, education, skills, gender, or location.  

To learn more about Civil Engineering salary, job market, and education requirements, visit Career  

Check out the American Society of Civil Engineers list of children's books related to civil engineering projects in New York City. These books can be used by teachers, parents, and engineers to help describe things that civil engineers design and build to kids of all ages.  

EV...What Does It Mean for Me? 

Teachers, Students, Professionals, and Career-Seekers:  join the "EV... What Does it Mean for Me?" career awareness event to learn how EV's are making an impact and what the skills and career pathways are for high demand jobs. 

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are in the news, and it seems every major manufacturer is focusing their future on them! But why? And what does it mean for consumers, the community, and the environment? How will this impact our daily commute, road trips, and muscle cars? Tune in to hear leaders in this space share the technology at work today and their vision for tomorrow. Professionals will share the skills and career pathways that will be in high demand for a successful future. 

Register here for this virtual event on April 19!

Registration Open for MiCareerConversations
MiCareerConversations is a West Michigan Works! event that seeks to bring occupations in high-demand industries to students throughout the region. It will be held virtually May 2 – May 5, 2022 at 9:30 am– 10:30 am. 

Teachers can sign up and learn more at:

Schedule of events and Career Guides: 

Monday, May 2 

  • Advanced Manufacturing 
    • Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Woodward 
    • CNC Machine Operator, NN Mobile Inc. 
    • Design Engineer, Fleetwood 
  • Construction 
    • Jeared Mendoza, Roofer, Summit Point Roofing 
    • Phil Schaffer, Feyen Zylstra, Safety Manager  
    • Amanda Wildman, Chief Experience Manager, TruMedia  
  • IT 
    • Chrissy Ennis-Kloote, Managing Director of Experience Design, Argenta Park 
    • Scott Pierce, Senior IT and Cyber Security Consultant, Applied Imaging 
    • J. Carlos Velasquez, Scrum Master, Meijer   

Tuesday, May 3 

  • Agribusiness 
    • Symon Cronk, MAEAP Technician, Muskegon Area Conservation District  
    • Mike Edwardson, Farmer, Plainsong Farm 
    • Matt Green, Talent Acquisition Specialist, SpartanNash  
  • Health Sciences 
    • Certified Nurse Aide, Holland Home  
    • Surgical Technologist, U of M Health West  
    • Kari Thoreson, Respiratory Therapist, Spectrum Health  

Wednesday, May 4 

  • Agribusiness 
    • Symon Cronk, MAEAP Technician, Muskegon Area Conservation District  
    • Sarah Ploeg, Sow Farm Manager, Dykhuis Farms  
    • Zenobia Taylor-Weiss, Business Owner/Entrepreneur, Cellar Door Preserves  
  • Health Sciences 
    • Andrew Malewitz, Orthotist/Prosthetis, Mary Free Bed  
    • Sara Vanderploeg, Registered Nurse, Spectrum Health  
    • Erica Wozniak, Medical Assistant, Spectrum Health  

Thursday, May 5 

  • Advanced Manufacturing 
    • Machine Builder, JR Automation  
    • Marine Design Engineer, Tiara Yachts 
    • Robotics Control Engineer, LG Chem  
  • Construction 
    • Ryan Bennett, Pipe Fitter, Local 174 
    • Hannah Daavettila, Engineer, Caterpillar  
    • Chris Daniel, Project Manager/Estimator, Rockford Construction   
  • IT 
    • Stephanie Miracle, Technical Recruiter, OST 
    • Roger Winright, Augmented Reality Software Developer, Th3rd Coast Digital 
    • Joann Udo, End User Technology Services Manager, Spectrum Health 
Kent ISD Career Readiness Events

Career Chats are designed to provide 7-12 grade students a virtual opportunity to meet real professionals employed in real jobs. This series of 30 minute sessions will highlight professions from a variety of career pathways, giving students the opportunity to learn more about a career of interest, or to explore new options.  

Click here for the full line-up and to register! 

SCECHs are available to counselors for all Career Chats! Click here to register via the PD Hub!  

Upcoming Virtual Session: 
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
3:30 to 4:30 pm 
Jasmine Weston - Education and Training Manager 
West Michigan Construction Institute  

Talk and Tours provide a virtual panel of professionals in select industries that share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career that interests you.

Upcoming Session:
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan  (register here)
Tuesday, May 10 6:00 - 7:00pm
Feaured Careers: Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Electronic Health Records, Radiologist and Medical Assistant

Join the RePicture STEM Summer Program
The RePicture STEM Summer Career Exploration and Resume Builder Program is unlike any course, workshop, or class you’ve taken.   

Join our community -- college students, recent grads, career switchers , and exceptionally motivated high school students-- interested in learning how they can apply their talents in lucrative and growing science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. In our online, educational and fun course you’ll: 

  • Explore career opportunities 
  • Improve the skills most valued by employers 
  • Compete in contests 
  • Grow your network and be part of the STEM community 

Developed by two female engineers with decades of work experience, the 6-week virtual program for high school and college students helps participants feel like they have more control over their career decisions and have the tools they need to make better choices throughout their journey in school and beyond. Students gain clarity on how to approach the biggest question we can ask in life which is: what should I do with my life? 

While exploring your career options, you’ll also be building in-demand skills, expanding your STEM network, and creating a unique online portfolio of work that you can share with universities. 

Each week the program will focus on honing top professional skills that you will need no matter what path you choose, like personal branding, career exploration, STEM writing, professional networking, or giving presentations. 

To learn more about the program, visit

Construction Career Days

Michigan Construction Career Days is Michigan’s premiere construction career exploration event. Based on the National Career Day model, MICCD provides Michigan’s young people a chance to experience construction up-close, getting the chance to use real tools, materials and heavy equipment under the direct guidance of construction professionals from all sectors of the industry. These young people will not only see what construction is, but learn of the training and education paths to secure the good paying jobs a career in construction provides. 

Visit Michigan Construction Career Days for more information on how to register your school, how to become an exhibitor and how to become a sponsor.  

When: May 4 & 5, 2022 
Where: Operating Engineers 324 Construction Career Center 275 Highland Street, Howell, MI 

For specific questions, please contact: 

Click here to download a Construction Career Days printable flyer.  

Virtual Field Trips

Behind the Seeds at Disney Gardens 

Check out the Behind the Seeds Full Tour at Disney’s EPCOT to see their integrative pest management lab and hydroponic garden! 

Behind the Seeds Full Tour - The Land Pavilion - EPCOT - WDW - 2018

If you’re looking for more ways to connect with plants and learn more about hydroponics, try these resources too! 

Visit PBS How Does IT Grow series to find out how hydroponic farmers grow spinach — one of the most nutrient-packed foods on the planet — even in the dead of winter. 

Explore Kids Gardening to learn how growing plants hydroponically helps gardeners and farmers grow more food more rapidly in smaller areas (for instance; greenhouses, living rooms, classrooms, and rooftops) and to produce food in parts of the world where space, good soil, and/or water are limited. 

Educator Resources and Professional Learning
Summer 2022 Elementary Computer Science Bootcamp

The MiSTEM Network and SquareOne Network are excited to announce our Elementary CS Bootcamp! We have designed a workshop that will get you started with computer science curriculum, education robotics, and integrating CS into the core curriculum. This will be an intense and exciting 3-day workshop this summer and we are looking for ambitious instructors that are either starting their journey with computer science or looking to stretch their learning.  

This workshop is designed for educators working with 3rd-5th grade students. This includes (but not limited to) grade level instructors, specials/elective instructors, media specialists, and informal classroom educators.  

This workshop is covered by MiSTEM Network grant funds and we will have an application process to get accepted. We are looking for instructors that are intending to implement the materials in the 2022-23 academic year.  

Accepted applicants will be receiving free hotel lodging for this workshop and a mini-robotics kit! 

Summer Option 1 
July 19, 20, & 21, 2022 
Troy High School 
4777 Northfield Pkwy        
Troy, MI 48098 

Summer Option 2 
July 26, 27, & 28, 2022 
Eberhard Center, GVSU 
301 Fulton St. W 
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 

Links to more information: 
Elem CS Bootcamp Workshop Details 
Application Link for CS Bootcamp 

Reach out to Larry Wyn at if you have any questions.  

Muskegon Family Engineering Engagement Training

Join Muskegon 4-H, the Greater West Michigan MiSTEM Region, and the Lakeshore Fab Lab for a Family Engineering Training

When: Friday, May 13, 2022 at 1 PM- 4 PM  
Where: Lakeshore Fab Lab, 388 W. Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440 

Family Engineering introduces K-8 children and their parents to fun engineering activities that they can do together as they explore future careers. Participating in this 3-hour Family Engineering Training will prepare participants to host Family Engineering events in K-8 schools and community settings. Workshops are open to MiSTEM staff, formal and informal STEM educators, MSU Extension staff, 4-H volunteers, and all who want to engage families in STEM. 

Participants will walk away with the curriculum, a starter kit full of supplies paid for by the Greater West Michigan MiSTEM Region, and the knowledge needed to plan and facilitate family engineering engagement nights at their school or organization.  

After the training, the Lakeshore Fab Lab will offer a tour of their facility to any participants who would like to check out everything the lab has to offer. There is a cap of 20 participants, so register today at

Contact Tonya Pell, 4-H Program Coordinator, at or 231-724-4739 for more information. 

Modeling Instruction Workshops

The MiSTEM Network is excited to announce this year’s Modeling Instruction workshops and the recent innovations provided by Modeling in Michigan teachers who facilitate workshops, and improve course frameworks. 

All workshops include a $125/day stipend, SCECH’s, graduate credits, and where appropriate support for hotels. 

Modeling in MiSTAR  - 6th and 7th grade - Muskegon Area ISD, July 11 –29, 2022
Modeling with MiSTAR – 8th grade - 
Novi High School, June 20 – July 8, 2022 - but not on July 4, 2022
The MiSTAR team worked with the Modeling with MiSTAR facilitators (all of whom are MiSTAR teachers!), to infuse the Modeling Cycle and class discourse strategies into a number of MiSTAR units.  Teachers’ notes for these Modelized MiSTAR units will be provided to workshop participants along with an invigorating, transformative, and immersive learning experience. 

Modeling Mobility / Modeling Waves - Troy High School, July 13 – 22, 2022
The workshop will aim to weave computer coding and the technology of automated vehicles into the HS Physical Science Waves unit and progress to a 3-day focus on Mobility technology and the emerging industry, co-facilitated by Square One Educational Network. Participants will acquire over $500 of classroom equipment such as robotic cars, Arduino boards and electronic sensors – and tons of technical know-how! Participants will engage with industry professionals to enrich their ability to make students aware of the immense opportunities in this burgeoning field. 

Modeling in HS Physics (Houghton or Marquette - TBD, June 20 – July 8, 2022 - but not on July 4, 2022
Physics is the foundation of all the sciences and our Modeling workshops. The investigations, model building, and model deployment provide students what they need to derive fundamental kinematic equations. This workshop will challenge your beliefs about the capacity of your students to understand the content. Last summer a high school algebra teacher participated and was inspired to witness how beginning with a phenomenon, an investigation, and representing models in a variety of ways anchors mathematical fluency to the real world. This workshop is great for physics, physical science, and algebra teachers. 

Modeling for Secondary Methods Instructors - August 8 – 10, 2022 Virtual
This is a 3-day workshop that offers higher education secondary methods instructors a module they can use with their students. It attends to new MDE mandates on science standards for courses and core competencies they are responsible to develop within students. The Module also introduces students to the nature of Modeling Instruction.  

Click here for more information and to apply

Modeling Instruction in Michigan is grateful for the support of the MiSTEM Advisory Council Grant and the MiSTEM Network for supporting workshops, and for partners who have helped design and enhance Modeling workshops and instructional resources: MiSTAR, SquareOne Educational Network, Bosch Community Foundation, the Detroit Metropolitan Physics Teachers, and the American Modeling Teachers Association.

Van Andel Institute Provides Affordable Summer Program Resources and Support for Schools 

By Van Andel Institute for Education 

Van Andel Institute for Education (VAI) is committed to creating classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking can thrive. With this school year marked by staff shortages, student absences, and ongoing pandemic fatigue, VAI is drawing upon new ideas and established strategies to help bridge the learning gap and empower educators. VAI is spearheading two initiatives which can accelerate student learning and prepare teachers for the 2022-23 school year:  

VAI 2022 Initiatives       

  • Project-Based Summer School (K–8): VAI is offering an affordable summer school solution that saves teacher time and sanity. Through a series of consultation and collaborative-planning sessions, VAI can support educators in planning for and delivering effective summer school instruction. This flexible offering can empower teachers who are new to the profession or who feel burnt out from the pandemic. It also includes your choice of 10 fully developed projects designed to engage students in making the world a better place (without skimping on academic rigor). Each project comes with complete lesson plans and supplies and can complement any existing content curriculum to provide a meaningful real-world context for content-area learning. Teachers will spend less time planning and more time doing what they do best — teaching! 

  • Science on the Grand: VAI is pleased to announce that Science on the Grand is returning to Grand Rapids on July 11–12, 2022. This STEAM conference was designed by experts and current classroom teachers to provide research-based, classroom-tested, and inquiry-oriented content that supports classroom expectations, content standards, and educators as people. This year’s keynote session features Erin Gruwell of Freedom Writers Foundation and Dr. Matt Steensma of the Van Andel Institute for Research, as well as other dedicated professionals who wish to share their knowledge and expertise with fellow educators. Registration is now open with an early bird discount of $100 per person until May 15, 2022. As a special offer, an administrator from the same school or district may attend for FREE with the paid registration of a staff member. Please see for details. 

VAI is confident that with these additional resources, schools and administrators will be able to make significant gains and equip themselves for any new challenges presented in the fall.   

To explore VAI’s K–8 Project-based Summer School program or to reserve your spot at Science on the Grand, please visit  

Rethinking How We Teach Computer Science
In the March 2022 blog post, "Rethinking How We Teach Computer Science," Amanda Walma (Professional Learning Coordinator at Kent ISD), Keith Tramper (Educational Technology Consultant at Kent ISD), and Sarah Wood (Educational Technology Consultant at Kent ISD) explain that computer science is not just coding.  They quote an EdSurge article explaining the value of computer science: “Computer science is fundamentally about logic, reasoning, and problem solving. It teaches us how to harness technology to address complex, multidimensional challenges, to think through systems and adapt. It has the potential to help foster a generation who can think logically, parse complicated algorithms and solve problems. Exposure to and education in computer science makes us better thinkers and doers, regardless of the fields we pursue—and helps to develop more adaptive, resilient graduates—regardless of their career path.” 

The blog post states that, "No matter what subject or what grade level you teach, you can integrate computer science into your curriculum. Computer science already exists in most classrooms through the use of computers. Your students are most likely using computers daily to complete assignments, write papers, and connect with you. But this is just scratching the surface. By teaching computational thinking, we can prepare students to solve problems and become better thinkers." 

Read the blog post to learn more about: 

  • The urgency of Computer Science Education 
  • What is computational thinking 
  • Integrating computational thinking into a writing lesson 
  • Additional ways to integrate computer science into your classroom 
  • How can you learn more
Workforce Development
Michigan's Young Professionals Initiative

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced in March that $4 million in grants have been awarded to prepare Michigan’s young adults for career and educational opportunities.   

The Young Professionals initiative aims to reduce youth unemployment and place young adults, ages 14 to 24, on a path to economic self-reliance. The initiative helps these young adults to obtain employment by exposing them to multiple career and educational opportunities such as entering a Registered Apprenticeship program, earning a college degree or certificate, and obtaining sustainable employment. 

The Young Professionals program helps with Michigan's Sixty by 30 goal to have 60% of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree by 2030. 

The grants have been awarded to the state's various Michigan Works! agencies across the state.  

More information about the program is available through the Michigan Works! network. To contact the nearest Michigan Works! Service Center, call 800-285-WORKS (9675) or visit

MDOT Youth Development and Mentoring Program

The Youth Development and Mentoring Program (YDMP) of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is preparing a diverse workforce for the future by providing participants with opportunities to pursue higher education, personal growth, and exposure to transportation careers.

The program values responsibility, empowerment, respect, integrity, relationship building, and safety. MDOT offers mentoring activities and sessions to teach job and life skills, introduce college/university options, and present high school students and recent high school graduates with information about careers in civil engineering, road construction and maintenance, planning, and other areas of transportation.

Apply to YDMP

The assignment will be to an MDOT location/site. Assignments take into consideration county of residence provided with the application. 

For instructions on how to apply, see the Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC) FAQ about how to apply for State of Michigan jobs. The MCSC NEOGOV system handles applications for vacancies at MDOT, including those in the YDMP program.

Begin the application process and find YDMP Job Postings. The 2022 MDOT Youth Development and Mentoring Program is accepting applications for the season.

Questions? Contact

Resources for Students and Families
Grand Rapids WhiteWater Summer Science and Leadership Program
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is excited to again partner with Grand Rapids WhiteWater and host a 2 week WhiteWater Summer Science and Leadership cohort for incoming 11th and 12th grade High School students. They provide a stipend for participation as well as an amazing program that brings students together from across the city!   

The Grand Rapids WhiteWater 10-day Summer Science and Leadership Program takes learning outside the classroom where participants will: 

  1. Conduct hands-on science investigations around sturgeon, aquatic species, and the federally-endangered snuffbox mussel. 
  2. Learn about and practice principles of Design Thinking, a process for creativity and innovation. 
  3. Work with scientists, business owners and civic leaders invested in our communities. 
  4. Present your research to community leaders working to build a sustainable future. 

Students who successfully complete the program requirements of attendance, research report, team presentations, and career profile will earn a $200 educational stipend. 

Program Details: 
Tentative Dates: July 11-22, 2022 (Monday to Friday, no weekends) 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Locations: Grand Rapids Public Museum and surrounding locations 
Ages: Incoming high school juniors and seniors, Fall 2022 

How to Apply:
2022 Application information is now available. Please click on the links below to apply. You may apply online using the google form links below, or download a PDF copy of the application and the adult recommendation form and mail them to the address provided. Applications will begin being accepted beginning May 1, 2022.

Online Registration Using Google Forms: 
2022 Summer Science & Leadership Program Application 
2022 Adult Recommendation Form 
Solicitud del Programa de Liderazgo y Ciencia de Verano 2022 

PDF Version of Application Documents: 
2022 Summer Science & Leadership Program Application 
Solicitud del Programa de Liderazgo y Ciencia de Verano 2022 

Please send any questions or concerns to David Koning at 

STEAM Along the Lakeshore

Take an adventure around downtown Muskegon on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 10am -4pm to participate in STEAM activities and collect passport stickers for a prize. The first 1,000 children to participate will receive a sling bag with a STEAM kit and a “passport”. They will travel between the four anchor organizations (Hackley Public Library, Muskegon Community College Lakeshore Fab Lab, Lakeshore Museum Center, and Muskegon Museum of Art) and Hackley Park for the event, participating in STEAM activities at each location. After completing each activity, they will get their passports stamped. Once they receive enough stamps, they will receive a STEAM Along the Lakeshore t-shirt.  

STEAM Along The Lakeshore is an annual event in Muskegon, Michigan that promotes STEAM learning in the community. Organizers include the Hackley Public Library, Lakeshore Fab Lab, Lakeshore Museum Center, MiSTEM Network's Greater West Michigan Region, Muskegon Community College, and Muskegon Museum of Art. 

When: May 7, 2022 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
Where: Hackley Park – 350 W. Western Ave, Muskegon MI 49440 

Family fun for everyone!

Joy of Coding Online course by the University of Michigan

Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan is excited to be offering an online course that high school students can participate in this summer, The Joy Of Coding, which takes place June 22, 2022 - August 3, 2022.  

The Joy Of Coding online course has been specially created for anyone who wants to experience first-hand the power and thrill of coding computers to do amazing things. Created with high school students in mind, it is a great way for anyone to step into the wondrous world of coding. You’ll learn by doing and experience how coding powers apps such as Snapchat and TikTok.  

No prior coding experience is required! Anyone who wants to learn is welcome. Students who are able to commit 4-6 hours a week and chip away at the material daily will succeed. 

Students will:  

  • Have weekly asynchronous coding lectures/assignments using an interactive textbook 
  • Learn to code at their own pace with support from Michigan ECE faculty and students   
    • No scheduled lectures  
  • Have our commitment to help you get unstuck when learning to code   
    • Everyone gets stuck somewhere, at some point! 
  • Receive a certificate of accomplishment to bolster your college applications 

Please visit the website for further information including math prerequisites, cost ($99  + tax), important dates, and more!  

For priority consideration, please submit an application by April 30, 2022!
Need-based financial aid is available. 

Summer Cybersecurity Camp at Ferris State University

Ferris State University is hosting a summer Cyber Security Camp from June 19th through June 22nd on the Big Rapids, Michigan campus.  This camp is a great way for students ages 15 to 18 to have fun exploring high-demand careers in Cybersecurity through fun, hands-on activities in areas such as digital forensics and cryptography.   The camp will be led by three full-time professors within Ferris’ highly accredited Information Security and Intelligence program.   Current cybersecurity students will provide additional support and serve as camp counselors.   

Scholarships that may cover part or all of the cost of the camp are available. There are many seats still available, but registration is limited.   

Registration Deadline: June 11, 2022 

More information including how to apply for scholarships and links to registration can be found at

Cybersecurity Summer Camp
Career Girls Virtual Camp

Join the Career Girls Environmental Science Camp on April 28, 29, and 30, 2022 to learn about environmental justice, understanding challenges to human environments, and advocacy with experts from around the world. The times are 4:00-5:00 pm Pacific Time April 28, 29, 2022 and 10:00-11:00 am Pacific Time April 30, 2022. 

Environmental Science Virtual Camp 2022 
Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST 
Friday, Apr 29, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST 
Saturday, Apr 30, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST 

For more information and how to register, visit Career Girls Environmental Virtual Camp Registration page. This camp is free of charge and is geared towards girls ages 10-15.  

Volunteer Opportunities
JA Girls' Dream Fair: A STEM Experience

The JA Girls' Dream Fair: A STEM Experience, hosted by Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, will inspire hundreds of seventh and eighth grade girls in West Michigan. Students from Grand Rapids, Northern Michigan, Lansing, Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, Holland, and the Lakeshore are invited to participate in this unique opportunity. In a 2-hour format, JA will introduce these students to women mentors who work in STEM related fields and show them the exciting possibilities for their future. As the research suggests this is key in increasing their pursuit of STEM careers. Guided by JA's It's My Future curriculum, students will investigate, ask questions and be inspired to consider STEM for their future. 

When: Friday, May 13, 2022 
Where: JA Free Enterprise Center 
Time: 9:00 AM EST 

Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact Katrina Begrow at

TrueNorth Community Services

Throughout TrueNorth Community Services' 50 year history, the agency has had a wide variety of programs and services. Some for a short duration, others for a decade or two and some offered for their entire 50 years. It’s through robust program offerings, relationship building, a supportive community and an agency that’s committed to Newaygo County roots that has helped TrueNorth Community Services grow over the last 50 years. Through programs, ongoing mentorship, and other opportunities for resilience, TrueNorth sows seeds that the entire community will reap the benefits from tomorrow. 

Now more than ever youth are in need of positive role models. TrueMentors exists to build self-confidence and provide new experiences that support positive growth. Mentoring is a ripple effect: one small influence can have an impact. You can help by volunteering to becoming a mentor.

Ready to volunteer? Visit TrueNorth Community Services to learn more about becoming a mentor and other volunteer opportunities.

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.

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