Teachers from across the Great Lakes Bay Region will return to classrooms this fall with fresh ideas and hands-on projects meant to pique their students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
This summer, 13 teachers - from school districts within Saginaw, Bay, Midland and Tuscola counties - worked with SVSU faculty in part to help the teachers design engaging STEM-related projects for the approaching academic year.
The first 13 projects include initiatives involving wind turbine technology, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, underwater remote-operated vehicles, hydroponics and others.
SVSU received a $254,000 grant from the Dow Corning Foundation in 2013 to fund the collaborative effort. The Dow Corning Foundation/SVSU STEM Community Partnership is aimed at influencing 4,000 K-12 students within the region. The initiative came in part as a result of STEM-related test results such as the Michigan Merit Exam, which showed a majority of local high school students are not considered college-ready in science.
The grant also will support college scholarships for students participating in the project to attend SVSU and major in a STEM discipline. Over three years, up to 16 regional students will receive scholarships of $1,000 each for two years.