Category Archives: K-12 Education

Social Media, LTU Outreach, High Tech Manufacturing, Cybersecurity on March 20 M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — Hope for more STEM students in the future and worries about the nation’s power grid are among the highlights to be broadcast live over the internet on the Monday, March 20 M2 TechCast.

The show begins at 3 p.m. Eastern time with Melih Oztalay of Inbound Marketing. He’ll discuss how web site marketability, content marketing, and social media marketing intersect.

At 3:15, Sibrina Collins, director of the Lawrence Technological University Marburger STEM Center will discuss LTU’s recent K-12 outreach events and an upcoming Science and Technology Showcase for science and biomedical engineering (BME) majors.

At 3:30, Jeff Hall from Siemens will talk about the Manufacturing in America conference, March 22-23 at the Renaissance Center.

The show wraps up at 3:45 with cybersecurity expert Dan Lohrmann, discussing hacker threats to the nation’s power grid.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News,, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grandville, Rochester teams win VEX Robotics at MSU

EAST LANSING — Detroit Catholic Central High School’s VEX Shambots B team won the coveted VEX Robotics Excellence Award and a three-team alliance from Bloomfield Hills, Grandville, and Rochester were high school tournament champions at the 2017 Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Michigan State University.

At the middle school level, Hudsonville Robotics took home the VEX Excellence Award and a three-team alliance that included two teams from Flint’s Carman Ainsworth Middle School Robotics and the Technology First team from Lambertville were tournament champions.

There were 76 teams, including 48 high school and 28 middle school teams, competing at the 2017 state games, all working for the right to represent Michigan in the 2017 VEX Robotics World Games in Louisville, Ky., April 19-25.

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SVSU to host FIRST Michigan high school robotics championship

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Saginaw Valley State University will welcome nearly 5,000 high school students from across Michigan for the statewide FIRST Robotics competition Wednesday, April 12 through Saturday, April 15. Including professional mentors and family members, an estimated 7,500 people will descend on the Great Lakes Bay Region for the competition, which is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We are dedicated to growing the next generation of passionate STEM individuals,” said Gail Alpert, president of FIRST in Michigan. “The robot is the vehicle we use to help them understand fields from mechanical engineering to computer science to business.”

SVSU President Donald Bachand said hosting the FIRST Robotics competition is a good fit for SVSU academically.

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Auto Supplier Denso Backs FIRST Robotics

SOUTHFIELD — Denso, the auto supplier with its North American headquarters in Southfield, announced a 2017 commitment to FIRST Robotics, to which it has donated more than $800,000 since 2002.

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Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program Adds Coding, Design Classes

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs has announced its 2017 summer courses for middle and high school students, including several new explorations such as Coding for the Internet of Things, the World of Design, Global Discovery 101 and Computing Elements.

SYP includes pre-college explorations and competitive scholarship programs featuring hands-on activities, field trips and team projects in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, as well as business, social sciences and outdoor adventures.
The 2017 programs will include 40 explorations and seven competitive scholarship programs from students completing grades 6 through 11.

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MSU, Marathon Team Up To Help STEM Students

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University and Marathon Petroleum Corp. celebrated a new partnership and a $150,000 commitment for underrepresented and underprepared students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Marathon Petroleum’s support will strengthen the Engineering and Science Success Academy (ESSA) at MSU – a seven-week residential program administered by the Diversity Programs Office in the College of Engineering.

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Michigan Teachers To Be Trained In Dow, Smithsonian Program

MIDLAND — Six Michigan teachers are among 34 from five states who have been selected for the 2016 Dow-CH2M Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program.

The six-day program, part of the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers, will be held in Washington, D.C. and is designed to heighten STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers’ ability to inspire and enlighten their students.

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Webinar Tackles Developing STEM Talent Among Youth

The engineering firm NTH Consultants Ltd. is hosting a webinar Thursday, June 16 at noon titled “Building Future Engineers: How Community, Corporations and Local Heroes Make It Happen.”

The hour-long event will address the challenges of developing engineering, architectural, and construction talent among our school-aged children.

Other sponsors of the event are The Engineering Society of Detroit, Lawrence Technological University, and the Melvindale-North Allen Park school district.

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Bay City Western Students Analyze Sports Physics In Saginaw Valley, Dow Corning Initiative

BAY CITY — Jarret Deming is a natural with a tennis racquet in his grip. But until recently, he never considered how it could empower him to better understand physics.

On a brisk morning — temperatures below 40 degrees — the 17-year-old junior at Bay City Western High School doesn’t appear fazed by the cold as he swings at the tennis ball. Deming is a natural, after all.

But this year he is getting a little help on his tennis posture and follow through. That support isn’t coming from a coach or a teammate or even a how-to video. It’s happening in Deming’s third hour physics class, where science, sports and technology are colliding thanks to a community partnership aimed at improving K-12 education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

“I enjoy this more than sitting in a classroom and listening to a teacher talk,” said Deming, who spent class time mapping out and analyzing the physics of his tennis form.

The lesson plan comes from Lisa Welch, a teacher participating in her second year in the Dow Corning Foundation – Saginaw Valley State University STEM Community Partnership.

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Melvindale Wins ESD’s Engineering SMArT Michigan At LTU

SOUTHFIELD – A team of students from Melvindale High School took first place – and $18,000 college scholarships – in The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Engineering SMArT Michigan competition, held Wednesday at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.

Engineering SMArT Michigan – the name is an acronym for Science, Mathematics, Architecture and Technology — challenges students to design an energy-efficient single-family home. The designs presented Wednesday by students from Detroit, Southfield, Oak Park and Melvindale featured the latest in solar and wind generation technologies, and advanced heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems.

Melvindale’s “Goon Crew” won first place, which included an $18,000, four-year scholarship offer from Lawrence Tech for every team member, as well as Amazon gift cards.

Taking second place was the “Guardians of Energy” team from Oak Park High School. Third place went to “Team Intelligence” from the Southfield Regional Academic Center. Members of these teams received Target gift cards.

Eleven teams from Melvindale High School, Oak Park High School, SRAC, and Cody Detroit Institute of Technology competed in the event.

The teams’ designs were judged Wednesday morning by volunteer ESD engineers, architects and scientists. Three finalists were selected to make presentations to a panel of architectural and energy experts – Michael F. Cooper, president and managing principal at the Southfield office of architects Harley Ellis Devereaux; Malik R. Goodwin, president and managing member, Goodwin Management Group LLC; Sue Littles, lead architectural designer and computer aided design administrator, DTE Energy; David A. Lomas, principal engineer and associate at the engineering and environmental services firm NTH Consultants, Ltd.; and Robert P. Washer, managing general partner, BW Consulting Services LLC.

Engineering SMArT Michigan is funded by the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The event’s sponsors are the auto supplier Denso, Lawrence Tech, the 3D printing technology provider Voxeljet, and the engineering firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.