In early October, the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers partnered with Dow Chemical to host the fifth annual “Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival”, an event co-hosted with Delta College in Bay County, Michigan. The two-day event included over 150 exciting and engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) demonstrations for 3,600 Midland area middle schoolers and an estimated additional 3,500 community members. It was made possible by support from partners including Dow, Hemlock Semiconductor, MDOT, Nexteer, local outreach organizations, and numerous Delta College departments.
“The most inspiring thing tome was that all of these people take time out of there day to show us what they do for a living.”
Freeland Elementary School student
Our country has a big problem. Industry across the state and nation depends on young people with high-tech skills to grow our economy by solving challenging technical problems globally. Yet, there is a shortage of students pursuing education and careers in STEM fields. You can help solve this and have a measurable impact on student’s interest and engagement with STEM**:
- 100% of teachers felt the format of this event promoted learning and student engagement
- 100% of teachers at this event were offered activities and resources that their classroom normally wouldn’t be able to be provided
- 74% of students are more interested in attending college
- 63% of students are more interested in science
- 54% of students are more interested in technology
- 47% of students are more interested in engineering
- 66% of students think about what scientists and engineers do in a different way
**Data included represents attendee survey from 2017 Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival.
“I didn’t realize all the different things you could make and create as an engineer or scientist.”
Hemlock Middle School student
In order to spark a passion for STEM and to bring events into communities like Midland, we rely on partners like you to host and participate in STEM festivals. Learn how your company can be a Mind Trekker partner and associated benefits here.