Serving, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties

MiSTEM Overview

Michigan, together with business, education, and community partners, has embarked on a journey to create a MiSTEM Network throughout the state. This opportunity grew out of Governor Snyder’s MiSTEM Advisory Council recommendation to make Michigan a world leader in STEM education. There are 16 MiSTEM Regions across Michigan.

MiSTEM Region 10 is designated as the East Central Region and is asset rich in business, manufacturing, healthcare, and numerous higher education institutions. As we continue to expand on our laser focus on 3P (project, problem, and placed based) learning in K-12 school districts throughout the region, efforts are dedicated toward Career and Technical Education (CTE), after school programming, investing in training of teachers in the 3P learning, and celebrating successes along the way.

There are 4 MiSTEM pillars that guide my work and serve as necessary components to establish a system that will continually produce STEM-equipped students and educators.

Create a STEM Culture: by using a systemic approach to enable community engagement, experiential learning, place-based education and by building capacity in our leaders, teachers and learners to create solutions to real-world situations.

Empower STEM Teachers: ​by creating opportunities for professional development, capacity building and support, and by connecting teachers with community partnerships that enable a diverse array of STEM-related engagement.

Integrate Business and Education: by bringing leaders together, establishing a common language, co-designing multidisciplinary real-world projects, and by providing authentic learning opportunities to help train a robust and diverse STEM literate workforce.

Ensure High-Quality STEM Experiences: that focus on real-world situations, immerses students in place-based, hands-on, experiential open-ended exploration, engages students in productive teamwork and integrates rigorous math and science content where failure is seen as a necessary part of the learning process.

The MiSTEM East Central Michigan Region

The MiSTEM East Central Region is comprised of the following counties and districts:

MiSTEM East Central Michigan Region Strategic Plan


East Central Michigan Region Career Outlook


Contact Us:

Executive Director, State of Michigan MiSTEM Network

  • Megan Schrauben

East Central Region MiSTEM Advisory Committee:

  • Kristen Wenzel, Michigan Works Saginaw
  • Paul Hungerford, Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District
  • Tara Mager, Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District
  • Julie Cunningham, Central Michigan University
  • Jill Jarvis, Covenant Healthcare
  • Lori Flippin, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA)
  • Mike Vieu, Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District
  • Jeff Collier/ Eric Rutherford, Saginaw Intermediate School District
  • Rich VanTol, Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District/GLBRA Out-of-School Time
  • Harry Leaver, Central Michigan Manufacturing
  • Raquel Leadsma, Hemlock Semiconductor
  • Kelly Wehner, Case Systems

State of Michigan MiSTEM Network