February 21, 2023
In a day designed to energize interest in STEM, approximately 90 youngsters — students from kindergarten to fifth grade — will participate in the Girl Scout STEMapalooza hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of SVSU.
Girl Scouts from the region will join students from SVSU’s Chemistry Club and Biology Club, Nexteer Automotive STEM professionals, staff from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, and Girl Scout leaders in hands-on STEM activities. Examples include exploring chromatography, investigating STEM in watercolor art, engineering activities, and more.
“We are excited to collaborate with all our campus partners, as well as Nexteer Automotive, to offer Girl Scout STEMapalooza,” said Adrianne Cole, director of STEM at SVSU and the coordinator of STEMapalooza. “Programs like this help to increase interest in STEM fields, and the young people who participate feel more confident that they can be successful in those STEM fields.
“It’s vital that students are introduced to STEM concepts at an early age and have role models to encourage them to pursue STEM careers. STEMapalooza is a day full of exciting and engaging STEM activities for the Girl Scouts and allows them to interact with near peer mentors as well as STEM professionals in an informal setting.”
STEMapalooza activities will take place in SVSU’s Dow Doan Science West and Science East buildings, as well as in the Marshall M. Fredericks Museum.
STEMapalooza is funded in part by a gift from the Nexteer Steering the Future Fund, first established at the Saginaw Community Foundation in 2013.