Governor Rick Snyder, and the Michigan STEM Partnership, have proclaimed October as “STEM Awareness Month” in Michigan. Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are the most sought after by employers today. It is predicted that in just five years, almost every job will require some sort of post-secondary education and that many will require college degrees in STEM fields. While the demand for employees who can demonstrate knowledge and mastery of STEM skills is at an all-time high, the current supply of talent with these skills is at a near record low. In fact, there is a projected shortfall of nearly 274,000 STEM professionals by 2018 in Michigan alone.
Throughout the month of October, the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education (http://wupcenter.mtu.edu) will be hosting a variety of STEM events for students, teachers, and families in Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic and Ontonagon counties:
October 11 - Science & Engineering Camp for Grades 1-6 at the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center
October 15 - Family Science & Physics Night for Grades K-5 at Barkell Elementary in Hancock
October 17 – Lake Superior Water Festival for Grades 9-12 at Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center
October 22 - STEM Festival for Grades 3-5 at Michigan Tech
October 24 - Family Science & Engineering Night for Grades K-5 at Washington Elementary in Bessemer
The Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education is a member of the Michigan STEM Partnership, a statewide, public-private collaborative that includes educators, employers, legislators and others who are concerned about creating the new Michigan economy and addressing the current lack of STEM skills in graduates and job applicants.
For more information on STEM or how to become involved with ongoing awareness efforts and programs, visit the Michigan STEM Partnership’s website at www.MiSTEMPartnership.com.