2019-2020 STEM Passports: Packed full with Family RESOURCES, COUPONS & fun PLACES to experience STEM

2019-2020 STEM Passports

I am pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 STEM Passport is here! This amazing booklet is the creation of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance’s Out-of-School Time Network. It is an effort to create equal access to STEM-rich institutions to all children throughout the region. Why is this important? We live in a region that’s economy is stimulated by big industry, health care, and higher education. A workforce of STEM-related professionals is needed to keep these businesses successful. Let’s encourage our children to enter these careers so they can find well-paying jobs right here at home!

Who receives the STEM Passport:

The STEM Passport is being distributed to all children who are in preschooler, kindergarten, and 3rd grade and living in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties.

Where can you get one:

The following businesses have STEM Passports available to their patrons: Bay County Library System (Bay City, Auburn and Pinconning), Chippewa Nature Center (Midland), Mt. Pleasant Discovery (Mt. Pleasant) and Mid Michigan Children’s Museum (Saginaw).

STEM Passport Features:

The STEM Passport includes TWENTY-ONE STEM-rich institutions and community-based STEM programs.  Many offer coupons, discounts and souvenirs when you show your passport.

Places that offer coupons/ discounts:

Delta College Planetarium – Buy one adult show ticket & get the second one (equal or lesser value) free.

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum – Discounted admission for everyone at $5/person

Saginaw Children’s Zoo – Unlimited FREE ride wristband (one per passport)

The Center for Excellence in STEM Education – $10 off any student programming or one free family event

Midland Center for the Arts – $2 off per person, Children under 3 free or Have a Bridge Card enjoy $2 admission for up to 4 people per card (only one discount offer per person)

YMCA Camp Timbers – FREE T-Shirt with 2020 Summer Camp Registration

Castle Museum of Saginaw County History – Free Family Admission.

Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum – $2 off per person for up to 4 guests

Places that offer souvenirs/ surprises:

Chippewa Nature Center

Bay County Library System

Other resources featured:

STEM Center at Saginaw Valley State University

Mi-STEM Network- East Central Michigan Region

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District

Great Starts

Bay/ Arenac Counties

Clare/ Gladwin Counties

Gratiot/Isabella Counties

Midland County

Saginaw County

Great Start to Quality – Eastern Resource Center

Midland Section of American Chemical Society

Public Libraries of Saginaw

Great Lakes Bay Parents (THANK YOU to the STEM Pipeline’s Out-of-School Time Network for including me!!)

Math in the Mail

Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership

Forest Hill Nature Area

For more information on passports, contact:

Rich Van Tol, Great Lakes Bay Region Out-School-Time STEM Network Leader, through email at vantolr@baisd.net