The STEM Passport is HERE!

You and your child can explore STEM Passport locations and events in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) by accessing our STEM calendar of events or our partner websites in the list below. The GLBR is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) destinations and programs. We are sharing this information because afterschool programs help children learn, grow, discover who they are and what they love to do, and ultimately realize their full potential. Afterschool programs enhance a child’s foundational skills, like communication, teamwork, and problem solving, and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Research shows that this added participation in afterschool programs sparks interest in school so students attend school more often, get better grades, and are more likely to graduate.

The Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Passport compiles information for hands-on, dynamic STEM organizations in the community. Now locating current STEM-based activities and events in the region is easy!

Locate STEM Destinations

Events for all Passport destinations along with other STEM activities can be found by visiting the Calendar page on The calendar can be filtered by destination, event type, age group, venue and more. Users can also view all the events for the entire month.

STEM Staycation: Holiday Break 2023 (December 21 – January 2)

Prizes are available thanks to donations from Go Great Lakes Bay, the Mt. Pleasant Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Saginaw Spirit for those who post a picture on Facebook at one of the 30 locations and tag STEM Pipeline (@stempipeline). One picture per location equals one entry and chance to win December 21 through January 2, 2024.

Free Entry Opportunities:

  • December 21: Chippewa Nature Center Winter Solstice Event For centuries, people have gathered with family and friends to recognize the longest night of the year and to celebrate the return of longer days to come. Take part in earth-friendly traditions as you roll a beeswax candle, create a miniature Yule log and make a small evergreen wreath to take home. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Free for all ages.

  • December 27: Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library Build Play Build together, family fun! What will you create with open-ended interactive building materials? Blue Blocks, Fort Build, Kinex, and more material for you to BUILD with. No Registration Required. Open to children and tweens accompanied by an adult. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Kantzler Community Room.
  • December 28: Winter STEM Event Delta College PBS Kids and the Michigan Learning Channel will host hands-on winter and snow science activities at the Castle Museum. 11:00-1:00p.m. Free for all ages. Also, coinciding with the traveling exhibit “Signs of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844-2012,” the Castle Museum will have a drop-in make-and-take station called See How You Run: Design a Personal Political Poster available throughout Winter Break.


1st Place – A complimentary overnight stay in the Great Lakes Bay Region Community of your choosing; Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland or Saginaw (restrictions apply)
2nd Place – Pisanello’s Pizza, Mt. Pleasant – $50.00 Gift Certificate
3rd Place – Four (4) Saginaw Spirit Tickets

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