2016 Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival
The 4th Annual Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival held at Delta College on September 23-24, 2016 was a HUGE success! It was an event that exemplified collaboration within our community! The event was possible through the financial support of our sponsors, as well as the hard work of our partner and campus volunteers. They helped provide an engaging, hands-on, relaxed environment for area youth and their families to experience the “WOW” of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math); to meet with before and after school groups that could continue the excitement after the event ended; to meet with colleges and universities to explore Higher-Ed options; and to meet with professionals from a variety of careers in an environment that really encouraged one-on-one interaction between young people and professionals.
We had 3,665 middle school students (4,103 with chaperones!) registered to attend last Friday. We estimate that over 3,000 additional visitors enjoyed the event on Saturday. It’s likely that we saw over 7,000 visitors over the course of this two day event! Over the past 4 years we’ve impacted the lives of more than 13,000 middle school students on the Friday events alone!
Through this event we're able to show students concepts on a much larger scale than teachers can pull off in the classroom (i.e. Oobleck!). We were in AWE of all of the energy and enthusiasm from so many volunteers. The excitement and patience of our volunteers (the 100th time they explained the SAME thing... again) paid off as each child they met left with a new sense of wonder. This event may have been that essential boost that even one child needed to consider a future in STEM. We hope to continue to make a difference in the lives of our youth through exciting, and possible life-changing events like the STEM Festival.
Please check out the following links for event photos. We will continue to add more during the next few weeks. Thank you again.
And the Mind Trekkers' Flickr page.
The 2016 Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival was brought to you by the generosity of the following Sponsors: