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SVSU is proud to support and promote many great STEM initiatives and programs in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond! The following programs and events allow students to pursue opportunities for growth and experience in a wide variety of fields.

A. H. Nickless Innovation Award

The goal of the competition is to inspire passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) among high school students in the Great Lakes Bay Region in order to promote personal development, educational advancement and economic growth.

Chemistry Olympiad

Each year, the ACS USNCO Exams Task Force designs a USNCO Local Section Exam that coordinators can order and distribute among high schools. Local Section Exams can be administered in a classroom environment by high school teachers or at one location (i.e. local university for all students). Local Sections can also design their own exams or use other methods to carry on local competitions, such as Science Bowls, teacher recommendations or science fairs. 


CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

Department of Defense STEM Education Programs

The Department of Defense sponsors programs, internships and competitions to foster critical thinking skills and build pathways for future employment. 

First Robotics State Competition

We at Saginaw Valley State University congratulate all the FIRST Robotics programs throughout Michigan who have qualified for the state championships. We look forward to hosting you on our welcoming, suburban campus in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region.

Math Counts

The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to U.S. middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.

Math Olympics

This annual event, hosted by the Department of Mathematics and SVSU's Undergraduate Admissions office, generally attracts 500 to 700 area middle school and high school students from 15 to 25 area schools.

MiCareer Quest Virtual Talent Tours

A growing library of Talent Tour videos featuring advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, construction, health care, and information technology. Each 10-minute video presents high demand jobs in that industry and highlights elements such as the average day, necessary training, work schedule, and salary. A career exploration lesson is also included for teacher use.

NASA STEM Engagement

NASA's jorneys have propelled technological breakthroughs, pushed the frontiers of scientific research, and expanded our understanding of the universe. These accomplishments, and those to come, share a common genesis: education in science, technology, engineering, and math. NASA STEM Engagement delivers tools for students and educators to learn and succeed in the STEM space.

Orion's Quest

Orion's Quest is an internet-delivered program for upper elementary, middle and high school students that seeks to reach the "next Generation of Explorers." Orion's Quest (OQ) missions allow students to participate in ongoing space-based research. Live missions (those currently in space) usually take place during a single semester while virtual missions (previously conducted in space) are available online throughout the school year. Students participate in NASA research through analysis of photo or video data from current experiments being conducted by a NASA scientist. Student data will be reviewed and, if appropriate, included in the research databases.

For case studies by teachers who have used missions in their classrooms and to see missions, view: Orions Quest 2024 (743KB)

To apply, go to or contact Tom Drummond at

To view a published scientific paper that utilizes Orion's Quest data visit this downloadable PDF

Saginaw S.T.E.M.

Saginaw S.T.E.M. is committed to exposing, inspiring, and engaging members of the community, fostering interest, and involvement into the world of STEM. We design and deliver learning opportunities, activities, programs, and events to all STEM stakeholders, with an emphasis on under-served communities, across the city. Participants will benefit from the necessary training groundwork to stimulate and adopt 21st Century skills of Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking.

STEM Pipeline

The STEM Pipeline is a comprehensive STEM Website for the Great Lakes Bay Region/Prosperity Region 5 (Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties). The STEM Impact Initiative Study recommended that we need to build a STEM Talent Pipeline for the Great Lakes Bay Region. Learn more about the GLBR STEM Impact Initiative here

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision STEM Competition

The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students to envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.

Visit Campus

The world is changing and the Great Lakes Bay Region is a part of it. There is an increasing focus on skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Roughly 38 percent of the region's economy is dependent on manufacturing or healthcare. Together with several regional partners, Saginaw Valley State University seeks to make the Great Lakes Bay Region one of STEM excellence through education, research and innovation.

WE Are Innovators

WE is an organization that makes doing good doable by providing tools and resources to empower people to change the world. WE is proud to partner with Dow to inspire young people to unlock the power of science to address local or global challenges through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. Through this partnership, WE and Dow are launching WE Are Innovators. 

WE are Innovators (1,609KB)

You Be The Chemist

The You Be the Chemist Challenge® is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for a variety of individuals and organizations—including schools, members of the chemical industry, educators and other community partners—to come together and show their support for STEM education. 

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