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STEM Festival

Putting the "wow" in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), that's what this event is all about.

Each fall for the last four years we've held the Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival at Delta College. This two-day event is an engaging, hands-on, informal environment for area youth and their families to experience STEM. Through this event we're able to show students concepts on a much larger scale than teachers can pull off in the classroom.

Planning for the 2017 event is well underway. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 for this year's event. The first day of the event is reserved for pre-registered 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The second day is free and open to the public (from 10 am – 4 pm). Registration is not required, but pre-registration provides you with a chance to win a prize. Make sure to register early.

Plus, there's the opportunity to meet with before and after school groups that could continue the excitement after the event ends, the opportunity to meet with colleges and universities to explore higher education options and the opportunity to meet with professionals from a variety of careers in an environment that really encourages one-on-one interaction between young people and professionals. 

Registration is now open!

Friday, October 6 – Middle school teachers interested in bringing their class must complete the registration form. Space is limited – so sign up today!

Saturday, October 7, from 10 am – 4 pm  – The event is open to the public on Saturday. We invite you to pre-register to attend the festival. Registration is not required, but you can pre-register for a chance to win a prize by using the Saturday registration form! We hope to see you there.

Partner sign up for both days is now underway. If you are interested in participating in this exciting event, please complete the partner signup form with your organization's information.

Volunteers Needed – Sign Up Now!

Please consider volunteering by completing this online volunteer registration form. For volunteers under the age of 18, a parent signed waiver is needed.  Please bring the parent signed waiver form to the volunteer check-in station when you arrive for your assignment at the event.

Kids watching an experiment at the Stem Festival
  • STEM students lining up to be surrounded by a hula-hoop bubble.
  • STEM Festival Student.
  • Students experimenting with magnetic liquids.
  • A tornado effect is displayed using fire.
  • Dow sponsored robot interacting with students.
  • Students controlling robotics using a video game controller.
  • Students using a hand crank to light up a lamp.
  • Students preparing for the loud bang created by forcing a ping pong ball into an empty can using vacuum pressure.
  • Students are able to experience the power of a vacuum inside of a large bag.
  • Students controlling robotics using a video game controller.


In 2016, we hosted 3,665 middle school students on Friday. And, we estimate that over 3,000 additional visitors enjoyed the Saturday event. Over the past four years we’ve impacted the lives of more than 13,000 middle school students on the Friday events alone!


It's an event that exemplifies collaboration within our community! We sincerely thank our partner, Michigan Technical University's Mind Trekkers, our many volunteers and our generous sponsors.


The Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival sponsors

Delta College Logo

Dow Logo

Mind Trekkers Michigan Tech Logo

Other 2016 area sponsors


SC Johnson

Bay Area Community Foundation

Midland Area Community Foundation
Saginaw Community Foundation


American Chemical Society

Cynthia Drake

"Statistics show that fewer students are continuing to study STEM fields past middle school, while at the same time STEM careers are growing, causing a deficit of skilled workers in these areas. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to re-engage in fields that have strong forecasts for future growth and earning potential and to see how much fun they can have while learning."

Cindy Drake
Professor of Biology