Purpose of the Transportation/Field Trip Mini-Grants – Saginaw County Pilot

The primary purpose of transportation/field mini-grant funding is to provide STEM access and equity opportunities to student-serving organizations. Initially, this opportunity will be targeted to programs serving children and youth in Saginaw County, MI.

Your proposed projects will seek to:

  • Mitigate STEM access and equity challenges for at-risk groups across Saginaw County, MI
  • Remove barriers related to transportation costs to support field trips to STEM-rich organizations across the Great Lakes Bay Region
  • Whenever possible, offer opportunities for parents to be engaged in their child’s education and part of the STEM learning experiences and field trips

Target populations include the following (Saginaw County, MI):

  • Saginaw County schools with high free/reduced lunch rates and minority populations (including preschools, summer programs, before/after school programs, and other student-serving organizations)
  • Child care programs (or consortium of child care programs) in Saginaw County with a high percentage of families utilizing the DHHS Child Development and Care (CDC) subsidy
  • Head Start, Early Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs
  • Saginaw Neighborhood Associations with afterschool and summer programs
  • Other non-profit organizations serving a high percentage of minority populations

This project is funded by Nexteer Automotive and falls under the existing work of the Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Impact Initiative and the Out-of-School Time STEM Network, including our efforts as part of the international STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice.

Timetable for implementation

We intend to award transportation/field trip mini-grant requests as early as June 2019 and until funding is available.

See below for a sample of potential partners and applicants, who have been part of the Out-ofSchool Time STEM Network (Note: This is not a comprehensive or exclusive list of eligible applicants or field trips sites in the Great Lakes Bay Region):

Examples of Student-Serving Organizations – Partners in the Region

  • All after school programs, child care centers, preschools, kindergarten and K-12 grades across Saginaw County
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region (Saginaw Unit)
  • The ROCK Center for Youth Development (Saginaw County programs)
  • Boy Scouts of America – STEM (Serving Saginaw County youth)
  • Girl Scouts & STEM (Serving Saginaw County youth)
  • First Ward Community Center

Examples of STEM-Rich Institutions & Great Lakes Bay Region Field Trip Sites

  • Midland Center for the Arts
  • Dow Gardens
  • CMU Museum of Cultural & Natural History
  • Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum
  • Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center
  • Delta College STEM Explorer Bus
  • SVSU Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
  • SVSU Greenhouse
  • CMU Center for Excellence in STEM Education
  • Bay County Historical Museum, Imagination Playground Block Shop
  • Castle Museum  Standish Historical Center & Depot
  • Northeast Michigan Arts Council
  • Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
  • American Chemical Society – Midland Section
  • American Foundry Society 4
  • Bay Sail
  • Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square
  • Saginaw Library
  • Beaverton Activity Center
  • Bay County Library System (3D printing program, etc.)
  • MSU Research Center – Midland
  • Engineering for Kids
  • Chippewa Nature Center
  • Hartley Outdoor Education Center
  • Forest Hill Nature Center
  • Bay City State Recreation Area
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Green Point Nature Center
  • Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Empey Learning Zone
  • All Summer Camps and Summer STEM Programs

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Contact Information

Should you have questions, please contact:

  • Lori Flippin, STEM Impact Initiative Leader, 989-695-6100, lflippin@greatlakesbay.org
  • Rich VanTol, Out-of-School Time STEM Network Leader, 989-233-8729, vantolr@baisd.net

Submit your grant application as soon as possible:

(Note: Grants are available until the funds are fully allocated)

By Mail:

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Out-of-School Time STEM Network

117 South Main Street, Suite 3

Freeland, MI

48623

989-695-6100