The 2019 Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Access & Equity Initiative Mini Grant Opportunity was made possible by Nexteer and MiSTEM.

UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF STEM IN KINDERGARTEN

This project linked the kindergarten students, teachers, and families of Bay City Public Schools (BCPS) with the staff and STEM programming of Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) in Midland, MI. The partnership sought to engage teachers, students, and families in authentic, science-based explorations that focus on local phenomena.

STEM LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The grant was given to the Boys and Girls Club of the Great Lakes Bay Region centers to provide a venue for students to engage with STEM programming. The main focus of this project was to equip Club staff members with a co-created set of lessons that were rotated amongst the five Boys and Girls Club units in Bay and Saginaw counties.

CHIPPEWA RIVER DISTRICT LIBRARY STEM LITERACY WORKSHOPS

The grant was given to the Chippewa River District Library (Mt. Pleasant) to aid the library staff to grow the STEM-related programming and on-site materials available to their patrons. Given the interest and need, the library branch locations were a viable venue for STEM Workshops for staff and students.

EQUITABLE ACCESS FOR 3-YEAR OLDS MATHEMATICS

The grant provided children at the East Side Soup Kitchen with Math in the Mail kits, which helped to increase their interaction with early mathematics skills and engagement with parents around early math concepts. This unique partnership with Math in the Mail and Saginaw’s East Side Soup Kitchen provided an opportunity for parents and/or caregivers to be engaged with their child in mathematics play.

LITTLE STEMmers FOR FIELD TRIPS

The Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum and the Central Michigan University Center for Excellence in STEM Education partnered to offer “Little STEMmer” programming to children in need in Mid Michigan.

MID-MICHIGAN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships helped to provide families with an opportunity to take advantage of the hands-on STEM experiences the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum provides. It increased parent, family and community engagement, and also, helped students become better prepared in the areas of math, science, and technology before entering Kindergarten.

TEACHING ROBOTICS, CODING AND ENGINEERING TO UNDERSERVED YOUTH IN BAY COUNTY USING LEGO KITS AND SENSORS

The target of this program was to supply underserved youth with opportunities to participate in hands-on and educationally meaningful lessons in a supportive and fun atmosphere. It was a collaboration between the Boys and Girls Club of the Great Lakes Bay Region and Essexville-Hampton Public Schools.