Gov. Snyder's MiSTEM Advisory Council Awards $2.85M to 34 STEM Projects

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

January 19, 2018

LANSING – Thirty-four Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs are sharing $2.85 million in state grants from Governor Rick Snyder’s MiSTEM Advisory Council, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

The state Legislature set aside $2.85 million in 2017-18 to distribute grants up to $100,000 for the implementation of STEM programs listed in the STEMworks database. The MiSTEM Advisory Council selected the awardees, whose funding ranges from $24,000 to $100,000, from 134 applications seeking more than $10 million. The applications came from local and intermediate school districts (ISDs), universities, and STEM providers

“STEM education is critically important to a student’s success later in life,” Governor Snyder said. “Thank you to my partners in the state Legislature and the Department of Education for ensuring that more Michigan students will have access to these STEM skills.”

The MiSTEM Advisory Council said in a statement:

“The Council would like to thank the Governor for the leadership and vision to propel STEM education down a new and exciting path. The legislature has stepped up to the challenge and appropriated funds to support this shift in culture, enabling STEM programming around the state to benefit from proven best practices.

“As proud as we may be about this initial success, we are even more encouraged by the widespread potential that will be harnessed and directed toward the further advancement of STEM education for all of the students throughout the state.”

State Superintendent Brian Whiston said the grants’ STEM focus will help Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years – the central goal of the Michigan Department of Education.

The grants align with the Top 10 plan’s goal of implementing high-quality classroom instruction through a child-centered instructional model with a strategy to enable public schools’ students to engage in integrated STEM programming.

In weighing the applications, the MiSTEM Advisory Council considered reviewer ratings, program type, and distribution across the MiSTEM Network Regions.

Two successful applicants, Oakland Schools and West Shore ESD, received multiple awards to provide professional development in regions other than their own. They are using the funding to build on statewide work underway for several years with seed funding from other sources.

Here is the list of 10 ISDs, 10 local districts and three STEM education provider applications selected for funding:

Organization

Region

STEMworks Program

Amount

Lakeview Sch. District (Calhoun)

Region 1 – Southwest Michigan

PLTW

$94,340

Oakland Schools

Region 2 – South Central Michigan

Modeling MS Science – Jackson/Lansing

$100,000

Brighton Area Schools

Region 2 – South Central Michigan

PLTW

$53,007

National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc.

Region 3 – Wayne County

Camp Invention

$100,000

Wayne RESA

Region 3 – Wayne County

Math Recovery

$62,716

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Region 3 – Wayne County

PLTW

$74,339

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Region 3 – Wayne County

A World In Motion® (AWIM)

$97,730

Iridescent

Region 3 – Wayne County

Iridescent

$91,382

Macomb ISD

Region 4 – Macomb County

Math Recovery

$53,737

Oakland Schools

Region 5 – Oakland County

Modeling Biology

$100,000

Oakland Schools

Region 5 – Oakland County

Modeling Chemistry

$100,000

Genesee ISD

Region 6 – Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair Counties

Math Recovery

$98,406

Shiawassee Regional ESD

Region 7 – Capital Area

Math Recovery

$99,120

Otsego Public Schools

Region 8 – West Michigan

MiSTAR

$34,160

Kent ISD

Region 8 – West Michigan

Math Recovery

$45,675

Oakland Schools

Region 8 – West Michigan

Modeling MS Science - Muskegon

$100,000

Mason County Eastern Schools

Region 9 – West Central Michigan

Cereal City Science

$100,000

Midland Public Schools

Region 10 – Central Michigan

MiSTAR

$88,784

Sanilac ISD

Region 11 – Thumb

Cereal City

$100,000

Oakland Schools

Region 12 – North East Michigan

Modeling Biology - Roscommon

$100,000

Public Schools of Petoskey

Region 13 – North West Michigan

Full Option Science System (FOSS)

$60,185

Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD

Region 14 – Eastern UP

Cereal City Science - elementary

$93,488

Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD

Region 14 – Eastern UP

Cereal City Science – middle school

$82,474

Oakland Schools

Region 15 – Central UP

Modeling Physical Science - Marquette

$100,000

L'Anse Area Schools

Region 16 – Western UP

Engineering is Elementary

$28,119

Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw

Region 16 – Western UP

Math Recovery

$24,285

Great Lakes Fishery Trust

Statewide

Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

$99,166

Muskegon Area ISD

Statewide

Math Recovery

$99,960

West Shore Educational Service District

Statewide

AP Computer Science/Computer Science Discoveries

$668,927

(6 applications total)

 

The Legislature created the MiSTEM Advisory Council in 2015. It’s made up of 11 voting members serving at the pleasure of the Governor and four ex-officio legislators appointed from the House of Representatives and Senate.

More information on the MiSTEM Advisory Council Grant