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Math & Science Manufacturing Experience

The Math and Science Manufacturing Experience (MSME) is designed to bring modern manufacturing businesses and middle and high school educators together in an exciting internship program. Applications for 2018 are now being accepted. 

Math and Science Manufacturing Experience

How it works

For Businesses

Your involvement with this program will affect our next generation of employees. You have an opportunity to impact tomorrow's employees today!  You will provide local middle school and high school teachers the opportunity to learn what you do, on-site, in your own facility by providing a two week internship (approximately 64 hours).  This provides you an excellent opportunity to help impact classroom instruction for the middle schools and high schools by allowing teachers to be a part of your work environment which will help them develop engaging curriculum, bring learning to life, and encourage students to consider a career in manufacturing. 

For Teachers

You are provided an opportunity to gain new knowledge and insights to bring into your classroom.  To experience the world of modern manufacturing.  You will go on-site to learn what the business does and how they do it. The goal is for you to share your personal observations with your students, develop a new and engaging modern manufacturing curriculum unit and encourage students to consider careers in manufacturing. 

Program Description

The teacher will be scheduled to participate in a two-week internship program at an assigned local business followed by attendance at a two-credit course at Delta College with other middle school and high school teachers. The tentative plan for the program is as follows:

What When Where
Delta College Orientation & Course EDU 214 - MSME Introduction to overall program and preparation for internship – One two-hour evening session in May 16, 2018  Delta College Main Campus
6 to 8 Days Internship Scheduled with the business between June 2018 & August 2018 Identified Business Location
Experience Sharing and Lesson Development Monday, August 13, 2018, and Thursday, August 16, 2018, 8 am-5 pm (8 hours each day on campus) Delta College Main Campus
Online Discussion/Lesson Refinement August-November 2018 (8 hours) Online
 A Program Leader co-teaches one lesson plan with each teacher -- Lesson Implementation  
Fall 2018 (Day & times to be scheduled individually with teacher)
 Teacher’s Classroom
Lesson Sharing/Wrap up to EDU 214 Early December (Date and time to be determined – 4 hours on campus) Delta College Main Campus
Recognition Ceremony TBD Delta College   

Cost to the Teacher

There is no cost for the teacher except for travel and food. 

Benefit to the Teacher

A grant in the amount of $800 following completion of a two-week internship program. Two credits after successful completion of a college-level course, EDU 214, Modern Manufacturing Processes. Several lessons or projects to meet the State of Michigan science curriculum objectives. One day of teaching in your classroom with a Delta College faculty member during the Fall 2018 semester.


Funding for this program is made possible through the generosity of The Dow Chemical Company, The Delta College Foundation and other local businesses.

Program Leaders

Brian Aldrich
Delta Faculty, Science Division

Audra Swarthout
Delta Faculty, Science Division

Heather Brey
Faculty, E F Rittmueller Middle School

Questions may be emailed to or by calling 989-686-9245.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete and submit this online Teacher Application.
  2. A review of your application will be made and you will receive an email with additional information.
  3. If accepted to the program, review the Business Checklist and the Sample Internship Schedule that will be used during your business internship.

Lesson Plans

Subject Grade Level Title
Math 8th Statistics: Scatter Plot
Supporting Document
Earth Science 7th Oil Spill Cleanup
Science 7th Spectral Detective
Supporting Documents
STEM 6th - 8th Pipe Cleaner Towers Activity 

Participating BusinessES

Dow ChemicalCambron EngineeringGougeonMichigan SugarDow Corning

FullertonCignysIPEGVantage PlasticsGlastender

Hemlock SemiconductorDuperonMonarkKreminR&M

"I loved this program, it challenged my thinking of manufacturing jobs and opened my eyes to how students would use some of the most commonly thought 'useless' lessons in math and science!"

Participating Teacher