STEM Passports are HERE!

On October 1st 2018, 17,000 STEM passports were distributed to children in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties. The passport features FIFTEEN STEM-rich institutions and community-based STEM programs including discounts, coupons and promotional advertisements.

Students in Saginaw Public Schools were the first to receive the STEM Passports today and they were a big hit!

The Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) is committed to developing the workforce, particularly in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). As part of the GLBR STEM Impact Initiative and national STEM Learning Ecosystems project, the Alliance is focused on STEM learning quality and opportunities both in-school and out-of-school.

Recognizing that some children do not have equal access to STEM assets, the Out-of-School Time Network convened a STEM Access/Equity Committee to identify and implement strategies to mitigate access & equity issues.

Terri Trotter, President and CEO of the Midland Center for the Arts had this to say about the Passports:

“The Museum at Midland Center for the Arts is excited to be part of the passport project. We have many new hands-on exhibits in the museum, including our innovation and tinkering space, Spark! Lab Smithsonian, a new toddler area for young explorers, and interactive exhibits in robotics and electricity. Science museums provide children an opportunity to explore, create and think differently, and the time parents and children spend together at the museum is priceless. We love that the passport program helps make these experiences available in the Great Lakes Bay Region.”

SVSU President Don Bachand indicated that, “SVSU is also committed to improving STEM education at all levels throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. We are pleased to partner with the STEM Passport Program to help ignite a passion for STEM in our community’s youngest learners.”

Mike Murray, Astronomer/Manager at the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center stated that, “the Planetarium has been making a renewed effort to reach new audiences with STEM-related shows and demonstrations, and so when the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance approached us about providing an incentive to attract undeserved populations we immediately joined the program! Our purpose is to promote curiosity and exploration for all ages, and we especially like to facilitate ways that young children can experience STEM inspiration that may not ordinarily have a chance to do so.”

For more information on passports, contact:.

Rich Van Tol, GLBR OST STEM Network Leader


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