STEM Programs & Events

The Great Lakes Bay Region is home to a plethora of programs and events related to science, technology, engineering, and math. You can view our curated list of great programs and events below.

Girls only STEM Night!



When: Thu January 11 5:00 PM - Thu May 17 7:00 PM
Where: Midland Center of the Arts

Open Make A

The makerspace at CMU will be open for 4th - 8th graders from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. This open make time will be monitored by staff who will provide students with a rotating menu of projects to work on. The staff will not offer direct instruction in the materials, but will assist students in learning about individual projects (projects do not have to be finished during one make time).
When: Wed January 17 1:45 PM - Wed May 2 2:45 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Open Make A

The makerspace at CMU will be open for 4th - 8th graders from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. This open make time will be monitored by staff who will provide students with a rotating menu of projects to work on. The staff will not offer direct instruction in the materials, but will assist students in learning about individual projects (projects do not have to be finished during one make time).
When: Wed January 17 4:00 PM - Wed May 2 5:30 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

The Secrets of Gravity

Follow Luke, the young magician apprentice, as he explores the mysteries of the universe with Alby, a clever but quirky robot in the Einstein Museum. Together they take a journey of discovery through time and space where they uncover the mystery of gravity but learn about imagination & friendship.

Every Saturday
Starting: 2:00 PM
Admission: $7 adults, $5 seniors, children 3-18, students and military
(989) 667-2260
When: Sat January 20 2:00 PM - Sat March 31 12:00 AM
Where: 100 Center Avenue Bay City, MI 48708

Open Make B

Free and open to 4th - 8th grade students on a drop in basis. (There may be a nominal charge in the future if a student wants to complete a project which requires many consumable supplies)

The EHS 134 lab will be open from 4 - 5:30 pm, with a rotating menu of projects to work on. (Projects do not have to be finished during one lab time). Students are welcome to come and go for any portion of the time, but pick-up must occur promptly when the lab closes at 7pm.
When: Wed January 24 4:00 PM - Wed May 16 5:30 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Open Make B

Open Make B
Free and open to 4th - 8th grade students on a drop in basis. (There may be a nominal charge in the future if a student wants to complete a project which requires many consumable supplies)

The EHS 134 lab will be open from 4 - 5:30 pm, with a rotating menu of projects to work on. (Projects do not have to be finished during one lab time). Students are welcome to come and go for any portion of the time, but pick-up must occur promptly when the lab closes at 7pm.
When: Wed January 24 4:00 PM - Wed May 16 5:30 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

GIANT MYSTERIOUS DINOSAURS

The largest dinosaurs – plant-eating titans – grew larger than any creatures before or since. But why and how? Learn the answers for yourself in this interactive exhibition featuring full-sized animatronic dinosaurs, skeletons, a dig pit and even a 70-foot Mamenchisaurus skeleton!

Adults: $10 | Ages 4 – 14: $7 | Ages 3 and under: Free
ABD Museum members/ASTC reciprocal: Free
Admis
When: Sat January 27 9:00 AM - Tue May 8 4:00 PM
Where: 1801 W. St. Andrews Midland, Michigan

Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs @ Midland Center of the Arts

The largest dinosaurs – plant-eating titans – grew larger than any creatures before or since. But why and how? Learn the answers for yourself in this interactive exhibition featuring full-sized animatronic dinosaurs, skeletons, a dig pit and even a 70-foot Mamenchisaurus skeleton!

Museum Admissions:
Adult: $10 | Ages 4-14 $7| Ages 3 and under: Free
When: Sat January 27 9:00 AM - Sun May 20 4:00 AM
Where: 1801 W. St. Andrews, Midland, Mi

PALEOJOE KNOWS!

Join PaleoJoe as he demonstrates how to clean and restore real dinosaur bones! As PaleoJoe cleans the bones he will discuss dinosaur hunting and excavation of fossilized dinosaur bones. These sessions will take place in the museum, and are FREE with museum admission.

Join us every fourth Saturday and second Thursday of the month!
When: Sat January 27 1:00 PM - Thu May 10 7:45 PM
Where: 1801 W. St. Andrews Midland, Michigan

Masters of Ceramics: From Functional to Sculpture

Fifteen ceramic artists represented in The fifteen ceramic artists represented in this exhibit represent four states in our region. These artists have extensive backgrounds in teaching, workshops and demonstrations throughout the world. Possibly most important is that these artists are the mentors to the next generation of ceramic artists. It is through artists like these that ceramic art is pushed forward and more relevant in the art world today. Artists Include: Dan Anderson, Cynthia Bringle, Fong Choo, Jim Connell, Jeri Hollister, Nick Joerling, Brian Kakas, Diana Panciloi, Gail and Robert Piepenburg, Ed and Julie Risak, Susanne Stephenson, Marie Woo, Marvin Zehnder and Jan Zender.

Generously sponsored by Robert & Pamela Hart
When: Sat January 27 8:45 PM - Sun April 8 9:45 PM
Where: 1801 W. St. Andrews Midland, Michigan

Middle Make

Middle Make will allow students to further develop their maker traits and experience a more traditional makerspace. Independent from Open Make, this walk-in time will be open to students who are ready to explore their own interests or to develop and execute a project.
When: Wed February 14 12:00 AM - Wed May 9 12:00 AM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Middle Make

Middle Make will allow students to further develop their maker traits and experience a more traditional makerspace. Independent from Open Make, this walk-in time will be open to students who are ready to explore their own interests or to develop and execute a project.
When: Wed February 14 1:45 PM - Wed May 9 2:45 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Energy in Chemistry

Taught by Sharyl Majorski , Chemistry Faculty
Appropriate for grades 5 - 7
Cost $50, due a registration

Understand how energy sources like the sun can be converted into usable energy for motion and heat. Combining chemistry labs with engineering problems, students will engineer and design cars and rockets and explore the changes that occur as energy is converted.

Course Dates:
• March 5, 12, 19
• April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Please contact Ashley O'Neil, biede1aj@cmich.edu, with any questions.?

Register using the link below. Choose "Energy and Chemistry" to reserve a spot in this course.
When: Mon March 5 4:00 PM - Mon April 30 5:30 PM
Where: Central Michigan University

Energy in Chemistry

Taught by Sharyl Majorski , Chemistry Faculty
Appropriate for grades 5 - 7
Cost $50, due a registration

Understand how energy sources like the sun can be converted into usable energy for motion and heat. Combining chemistry labs with engineering problems, students will engineer and design cars and rockets and explore the changes that occur as energy is converted.

Course Dates:
• March 5, 12, 19
• April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Please contact Ashley O'Neil, biede1aj@cmich.edu, with any questions.?
When: Mon March 5 4:00 PM - Mon April 30 5:30 PM
Where: Central Michigan University

Arts Integration Workshop for teachers

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding (of core curriculum) through an art form. Students engage in a Creative Process which connects the basics of an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.
When: Thu March 15 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Fashion and Technology: Smart Tools for Smart Girls

Sewing Lab, Wightman Hall


Su An and Ling Zhang , Fashion Merchandising and Design Faculty
Appropriate for grades 6 - 9
Cost $50, due a registration

"What do I need science and math for? I am going to be a fashion designer." All too frequently these types of statements are made of young girls who are not able to make the connection between a STEM education and what they perceive to be relevant to their lives. In today's society, STEM concepts have grown so integral to the economy that middle and high-school students need to experience workplace-relevant applications of STEM-related tools and engage in activities to show how technology is applied to solve real-world problems. Additionally, students that study STEM content in an inquiry-based environment are more likely to be engaged learners and are more likely to seek STEM related career pathways.

Like other industries, the fashion industry is also looking for young female professionals who can apply STEM concepts and are comfortable utilizing technology to envision new products and collaboratively solve apparel design problems. Much of fashion today involves the use of state-of-the-art technology, combined with innovative fibers and fabrics. This short course focuses on allowing middle-school girls to engage in STEM learning through Fashion and Technology.

Please contact Ashley O'Neil, biede1aj@cmich.edu, with any questions.?
When: Fri March 23 4:00 PM - Mon April 23 5:30 PM
Where: Central Michigan University

Fashion and Technology: Smart Tools for Smart Girls

Su An and Ling Zhang , Fashion Merchandising and Design Faculty
Appropriate for grades 6 - 9
Cost $50, due a registration

"What do I need science and math for? I am going to be a fashion designer." All too frequently these types of statements are made of young girls who are not able to make the connection between a STEM education and what they perceive to be relevant to their lives. In today's society, STEM concepts have grown so integral to the economy that middle and high-school students need to experience workplace-relevant applications of STEM-related tools and engage in activities to show how technology is applied to solve real-world problems. Additionally, students that study STEM content in an inquiry-based environment are more likely to be engaged learners and are more likely to seek STEM related career pathways.

Like other industries, the fashion industry is also looking for young female professionals who can apply STEM concepts and are comfortable utilizing technology to envision new products and collaboratively solve apparel design problems. Much of fashion today involves the use of state-of-the-art technology, combined with innovative fibers and fabrics. This short course focuses on allowing middle-school girls to engage in STEM learning through Fashion and Technology.

Course Dates:
• March 23: Introduction to digital printing
• March 30: Designing prints
• April 6: Introduction to sewing and pattern making
• April 13: Sewing and finishing the project
• April 23: Presentation

Please contact Ashley O'Neil, biede1aj@cmich.edu, with any questions.
When: Fri March 23 4:00 PM - Mon April 23 5:30 PM
Where: Central Michigan University

Family Science and Engineering Night

6-8 p.m. | Engineering Building | No Cost for Families

In collaboration with the Science Math and Technology Center and the Engineering Department, this event will allow families to work together on a series of engineering challenges. Led by Engineering Faculty and CMU Education students, this event is available at no cost to families, includes a snack, and is a great way to spend time together. Space is limited.

Registration will open closer to the event. Sign up for our Newsletter to be notified first!
When: Tue March 27 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Earth Day: Hydroponics and Greenhouse Workshop

In honor of Earth Day, the makerspace will be hosting a DIY mini hydroponics workshop. Families will leave with a mini hydroponics seed starter. Learn how hydroponics is an efficient gardening practices that is better for the environment and saves time. Reuse household materials to create mini greenhouses and planters for your home garden.

This is appropriate for first through sixth grade students with a parent. One parent may attend with up to three students. Sign up for a 90 minute time slot, make at your own pace and leave with your creation when you are finished.

Registration will open closer to the event. Sign up for our Newsletter to be notified first!

1 - 4 p.m. | ?EHS Building, Rm. 134 | Cost is $10 per family, due at time of registration
When: Sat April 21 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859

Earth Day: Hydroponics and Greenhouse Workshop

In honor of Earth Day, the makerspace will be hosting a DIY mini hydroponics workshop. Families will leave with a mini hydroponics seed starter. Learn how hydroponics is an efficient gardening practices that is better for the environment and saves time. Reuse household materials to create mini greenhouses and planters for your home garden.

This is appropriate for first through sixth grade students with a parent. One parent may attend with up to three students. Sign up for a 90 minute time slot, make at your own pace and leave with your creation when you are finished.

Registration will open closer to the event. Sign up for our Newsletter to be notified first!
When: Sat April 21 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: 1200 S. Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859