STEM education may start in the classroom, but leading companies are paving a new path for learners to inspire them toward education and a career in a STEM field.  It’s about building partnerships – real, sustainable, meaningful partnerships between business and education. Michigan’s future success depends on businesses and all education providers working together to ensure a stronger future for us all.

Partnerships Within Our Community

Innovation Day at Traverse Heights Elementary

Community members hosted hands-on workshops for all of TCAPS Traverse Heights students where they got to create stomp rockets, mix paint, explore the cement mixer truck and so much more. Each student walked away with an understanding of STEM and careers to explore!

High School Internships

Joseph Farley is a second year Architectural Drafting student at Petoskey High School. He aspires to study Architecture at Tulane University after he graduates in 2020. After completing the architecture program at PHS, Joe received an internship with a local architecture firm, White & Liebler Architecture. “Interning with White and Liebler Architecture was a great way to gain some experience in the field before I go to college. It was a good way to learn about AutoCAD and residential architecture in general.” – Joe Farley

Get Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with our schools. From volunteering in a classroom to bringing students into your business. We will help you engage with education. We have taken the liberty of providing a few ideas below.


Do you want to make a meaningful impact on a teacher’s ability to teach STEM in their classroom? Donatations may be used to sponsor a teacher’s substitute teacher, provide workshops, send teachers to conferences, provide classroom materials, and so much more.


How did you know what career path you wanted to embark on? Did someone help you light the path? If so, be that person for our students. They are curious to how their learning will apply outside of the school environment. Many aren’t aware of the opportunities lying at their feet.

Host an Intern

Internships are a wonderful exposure opportunity for youth to learn from when they are planning for their career and academic futures. Many educators are looking for meaningful partnerships that challenge the students.

Host a Teacher Externship

Teachers are the front lines of your workforce development. Host a teacher to show them how you use STEM to further your organization. They will take what you teach them to the classroom to better the students’ learning.

Classroom Presentations

Bring your expertise into the classroom with hands-on activities to showcase how STEM is used in your field and company. Educators are looking for speakers to help drive the understanding towards the application of the concepts taught in the classroom. This is an excellent way get engaged without dedicating a large amount of commitment.

Career Exploration Events

We partner with a variety of organizations to promote STEM careers within our community through exposure events like Manufacturing Day, MiCareerQuest, Take a Student to Work Day, etc. These events are typically a one day event that allows for students to see careers in action.

If you are interested in engaging in any of these opportunities, please contact Drea Weiner, MiSTEM Network Director.