Manufacturing and STEM Related Workshops, Programs and Activities in West Michigan

There is a wide variety of innovative tools and experiences in West Michigan that can provide students with an opportunity to study and be inspired by science, technology, engineering and math. These experiences can help students prepare for education and further training for a career in Manufacturing. Below is a summary of various programs, workshops and activities available in each of the seven counties in Region 4B. For additional information about any of the programs listed below, please visit the links under each program summary or connect with the contact person listed.

 

 

ALLEGAN COUNTY

 

Program: Lego Club

Organization: Allegan District Library

Dates: Ongoing

Location: 331 Hubbard Street, Allegan, MI 49010

Contact email and/or phone: 269-673-8661

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Program: Minecraft

Organization: Allegan District Library

Dates: Coming soon, check the calendar for upcoming dates

Location: 331 Hubbard Street, Allegan, MI 49010

Contact email and/or phone: 269-673-8661

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*Allegan District Library offers various STEM programming throughout the year, please click here to visit the calendar for additional information.

 

 

Program: Tech Camp

Organization: Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center

Intended/Target Audience: 6, 7 and 8th grade students

Dates: Summer

Location: 2891 116th Ave (M-222) Allegan, MI 49010

Contact email and/or phone: 269-512-7800

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BARRY COUNTY

Program: Fab Lab

Organization: Hastings Public Library

Intended/Target Audience:

Dates: Summer

Location: 227 E State Street, Hastings, MI 49058

Contact Name: Peggy Hemerling

Contact Title: Youth Librarian

Contact email and/or phone: 269-945-4263

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Program: Lego Club

Organization: Hastings Public Library

Intended/Target Audience

Dates: Ongoing

Location: 227 E State Street, Hastings, MI 49058

Contact Name: Peggy Hemerling

Contact Title: Youth Librarian

Contact email and/or phone: 269-945-4263

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IONIA CONTY

 

Program: Lego Library Fun

Organization: Ionia Community Library

Dates: Monthly

Location: 126 E. Main Street, Ionia, MI 48846

Contact email and/or phone: 616-527-3680

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Program: Machine Tool

Machine Tool Class provides Junior and Senior students with experience in pre-engineering, machining and some welding practices. Emphasis on safety and exposure to different concepts applicable to manufacturing engineering.

Organization: Heartlands (Career Center for Ionia County)

Intended/Target audience: 11th and 12th grade high school students

Dates: Fall – Spring (Annually)

Location: 250 E. Tuttle Rd Ionia, MI 48846

Contact Name: Bill Rodgers

Contact title: Machine Tool Instructor

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KENT COUNTY

 

Program: Advanced Manufacturing Explorers

Students spend 3 Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 PM – 5PM with an area professional to discover the intricacies involved in their chosen occupation.

Organization: Kent Intermediate School District, Career Readiness Department

Intended/Target audience: 9 – 12 grade

Dates: Fall 2016

Location: Kent County Schools

Contact Name: Amy Pierce

Contact title: Career Exploration Coordinator – Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Construction

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Program: Alternative Spring Break 2017

Middle school students spend 3-days of Spring Break immersed in career exploration. Each day consists of investigating a particular field through a company tour with a hands-on activity/simulation, connecting industry to post-secondary options, dining out and then connecting all of these together with a fun activity.

Organization: Kent Intermediate School District

Intended/Target audience: grades 7-8

Dates: Fall 2016 – Winter 2017

Location: partner districts selected by socio-economic demographics

Contact Name: Amy Pierce

Contact title: Career Exploration Coordinator – Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Construction

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Program: Business Case Video Series

Organization: Kent Intermediate School District

Intended/Target audience: K – 12 grade

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Kent County Schools

Contact Name: Rick Mushing

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Program:  Design, Create, Innovate

Want to make the world a better place? Come design and build meaningful solutions to actual problems. You'll construct a solar-powered car, discover how alternative energy is really used, solve problems with computer code, use technology to explore and improve ecosystems and more!

Organization: Kent Career Tech Center (thetechcenter.org)

Intended/Target audience: middle school students

Dates: Summer 2016

Location: 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Contact Name: Joe Phillips

Contact title: Camp Facilitator

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More details and registration information coming later this year.  Search "Summer Camps" at thetechcenter.org for more information

 

 

Program:  Design Lab

Students use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to solve problems.  The class covers a wide range of topics from woodworking to soldering to coding.  Students explore careers and complete an online math, science, or career course in addition to hands on project-based learning in the lab.

Organization: Kent Career Tech Center (thetechcenter.org)

Intended/Target audience: 10th grade only

Dates: every school day

Location: 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Contact Name: Joe Phillips

Contact title: Design Lab Facilitator

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Program: Engineering Explorers

Students spend 3 Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 PM – 5PM with an area professional to discover the intricacies involved in their chosen occupation.

Organization: Kent Intermediate School District, Career Readiness Department

Intended/Target audience: 9-12 grade

Dates: Fall 2016

Location: Kent County Schools

Contact Name: Amy Pierce

Contact title: Career Exploration Coordinator – Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Construction

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Program: Groundhog Shadow Day 2016

Students spend Groundhog Shadow Day (9AM – 2PM) with a mentor to see the realities of the workplace. Employer partners get the opportunity to provide an overview of their company and industry while showcasing current/past projects so students can understand some of the potential within the industry.

Organization: Kent County Intermediate School District

Intended/Target audience: 9 – 12 grade

Dates: Winter 2016

Location: Kent County Schools

Contact Name: Amy Pierce

Contact Title:Career Exploration Coordinator – Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Construction

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Program: KDL LAB Experience: Get Revved Up

Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through play. Interested in cars? Want to learn how an engine works? Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design your own style of car or truck.

Organization: Kent District Library

Intended Audience: Ages 6 and older

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Nelson Township / Sand Lake Branch

Contact email and/or phone: 616-784-2007

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Program: KDL LAB Experience: K'Nex

Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through play. Use K'NEX construction systems to build machines such as cars, cranes, airplanes, catapults and much more.

Organization: Kent District Library

Intended Audience: For families with children

Dates: Ongoing

Location: East Grand Rapids Branch

Contact email and/or phone: 616-784-2007

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Program: KDL LAB Experience: Light Up Your Life with Paper Circuits

Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through play.

Make simple or complex electrical circuits on a piece of paper. Use your imagination to turn copper tape and LEDs into a light-up greeting card or flashlight.

Organization: Kent District Library

Intended Audience: Ages 6 and older

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Tyrone Township Branch

Contact email and/or phone: 616-784-2007

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Program: KDL LAB Experience: LittleBits Club – Learn and Invent with Electronics

Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through play.

Explore, tinker and innovate with LittleBits, the ultimate electronic building tool. Circuit modules snap together to help you build your ultimate electronic innovation.

Organization: Kent District Library

Intended Audience: Ages 6 and older

Dates: Ongoing

Location: East Grand Rapids Branch

Contact email and/or phone: 616-784-2007

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Program: KDL LAB Experience – Marble Fun Run

Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through play.

Build marble runs and learn the properties of gravity and construction.

Organization: Kent District Library

Intended Audience: Families with children

Dates: Ongoing

Location: East Grand Rapids Branch

Contact email and/or phone: 616-784-2007

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Program: KDL LAB Experience: Robot Rumble

Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through play. Get ready for a hands-on creative experience! Learn the basics of coding, challenge your friends to an obstacle course race, or just hang out and play with an assortment of amazing robots.

Organization: Kent District Library

Intended Audience: Ages 6 and older

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Nelson Township / Sand Lake Branch

Contact email and/or phone: 616-784-2007

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Program: KDL LAB Experience – Snap Circuits: Fun with Simple Electronics

Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through play.

Create simple electronics with Snap Circuits. Learn the ins and outs of electricity with integrative kid-friendly circuit boards.

Organization: Kent District Library

Intended Audience: For ages 6 and older

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch

Contact email and/or phone: 616-784-2007

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Program: KDL LAB Experience: Take It Apart

Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through play. For kids who are curious about how things work or what is inside, we offer the chance to encourage interest in what makes things tick, without upsetting parents! Old telephones, keyboards and other gadgets will be provided for children to take apart and explore.

Organization: Kent District Library

Intended Audience: Ages 6 and older

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Nelson Township / Sand Lake Branch

Contact email and/or phone: 616-784-2007

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Program: Manufacturing Camp

This camp is for students who are interested in exploring what manufacturing is and learning about careers in manufacturing. You will get hands-on experience working with basic manufacturing equipment, see different types of manufacturing, learn what lean manufacturing is, visit a manufacturer's site and watch product get made. Finally, you will get to work on a small manufacturing product that you will be able to take with you to wow your parents and your friends.

Organization: Grand Rapids Community College

Dates: Summer

Location: Leslie E. Tassell M-Tec Rm 203, 622 Godfrey SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Program: Manufacturing Week

A variety of events highlighting all facets of the manufacturing sector are hosted in conjunction or marketed via the Career Readiness department at Kent ISD , i.e. industry tours, Teachers in Industry, scavenger hunts, Talk & Tour Career Series, etc.

Organization: Kent Intermediate School District, Career Readiness Department

Intended/Target audience: K-12, Educators

Dates: Summer 2016

Location: Kent County Schools

Contact Name: Amy Pierce

Contact title: Career Exploration Coordinator – Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Construction

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Program: Mechatronics

High-tech robotics, advanced electronics and clean manufacturing are just a few of the areas covered.  Mechatronics combines traditional fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, IT and control systems.  Careers in this field are high demand, high skill and high wage with a lot of advancement possible.  

Organization: Kent Career Technical Center

Intended/Target audience: 9th - 11th grade

Dates: every school day

Location: 1655 E. Beltline NE Grand Rapids MI, 49525

Contact Name: Travis Raspotnik

Contact title: Mechatronics Instructor

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Program: Talk & Tour Career Series

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what students can do to prepare for a career they are interested in.  Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted.

Organization:

Intended/Target audience: 6 – 12 grade

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Kent County Schools

Contact Name: Amy Pierce

Contact title: Career Exploration Coordinator – Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Construction

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Program: Teachers In Industry

Educators spend a day out of the classroom with local employers, exploring industry trends and ways to connect their classroom content to the work world and best business practices. Businesses may host from one to 30 educators at a time for 60-90 minutes. Tours will consist of meeting with 2-4 different employers spanning a variety of business focuses. Some days may be centralized around a general theme, while others will be diversified to ensure a range of industries are covered.

Organization: Kent Intermediate School District, Career Readiness Department

Intended/Target audience: Educators

Dates: on-going

Location: Kent County Schools

Contact Name: Erick Kelliher

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MONTCALM COUNTY

 

Program: Block Party

Make a special Lego creation and display it in the library until the next Block Party.

Organization: Flat River Library

Dates: September through April

Location: 200 W. Judd Street, Greenville, MI 48838

Contact email and/or phone:  616-754-6359 

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Program: Career Showcase

Career Showcase is an opportunity for students and their parents to go to a wide variety of businesses and industries and explore careers. Local business leaders open their doors and invite students inside to learn more about careers in their industry, tour the facility, and see the business operations. Don’t miss this chance to meet people in various career fields and ask questions about job outlook, roles and responsibilities, educational requirements, and earning potential.

Intended/Target audience: The event is designed for students to explore careers. Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend

Organization: Montcalm Area Intermediate School District

Dates: First full week in March

Location: At various participating employers in Montcalm County

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MUSKEGON COUNTY

 

Program: AFS Foundry Night

Local high school students observe MCC’s foundry demonstrations and take a tour of the Technology Center.  Dinner is included in the event. 

Organization: Muskegon Community College, West Michigan American Foundry Society

Intended/Target audience: 9th – 12th graders

Dates: Annually in March

Location: Muskegon Community College

Contact Name: Jeff Johnston  

Contact title: Technology Instructor

Contact email and/or phone:  ph. 231-777-0246 and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Program: CAD Contest

Local high school students compete in a 2-D and 3-D CAD drawing competition with prizes, including an MCC scholarship, are awarded to the top entries.  Dinner is included in the event. 

Organization: Muskegon Community College, MAISD, MACTC, and local high schools.

Intended/Target audience: 9th – 12th Graders

Dates: Winter 2016

Location: Muskegon Community College

Contact Name: Kathleen Liefer

Contact title: CAD Instructor

Contact email and/or phone: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ph. 231-777-0682

 

 

Program: Enrollment Services Tours

Local high school students can contact Muskegon Community College’s Enrollment Services Department and request tours of the campus and the technology building

Organization: Muskegon Community College

Intended/Target audience: 9th – 12th Graders

Dates: dependent upon available dates

Location: Muskegon Community College

Contact Name: Heidi Romero or Michele DuVal

Contact title: Enrollment Specialist  

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Program Title: Educator Externship

Educators learn and explore manufacturers in the area

Organization: Muskegon Area ISD / Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Dates: June 22-23, 2016

Location: Muskegon Area Career Tech Center & Manufacturing Sites

Target Audience: K-12 Educators / Administrators

Contact Name: Sasamon Parker

Contact Title: Placement Specialist

Contact E-mail/Phone: 231.767.3607 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Instructions for how to learn more and/or register: Click here for additional information 

 

Program Title: Summer Fun

Career explorations hands-on classes

Organization: Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Dates: June 20-23, 2016

Location: Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Target Audience: Incoming 6th-8th graders

Contact Name: Toni Schillaci

Contact Title: Administrative Assistant

Contact E-mail/Phone: 231.767.3600 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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OTTAWA COUNTY

 

Program: Career Camp 2016

Career Camp 2016 will be at Careerline Tech Center for students currently in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Students can choose five different classes for one week of Camp. Career Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Manufacturing classes are highlighted in red.

Organization: Careerline Tech Center, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Intended Audience: 6, 7 and 8th grade

Dates: Summer 2016

Location: Ottawa

Contact Name: Kristen Bunn

Contact Title:

Contact email and/or phone: 616-738-8950, ext. 4512, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Program: Early College

Early College is a unique opportunity for select students that are interested in exploring and earning a degree in the areas of (1) Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering, (2) Health Care, and/or (3) Agriculture to begin blending their High School course work with course work at the college level. By beginning in 11th grade and taking a full schedule of college coursework in a 13th year, students have the opportunity to graduate with both a High School diploma and an Associate Degree.

Organization: Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Intended Audience 11th grade

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Southern Ottawa and Northern Allegan County

Contact Name: Melissa Bultema

Contact Title: Specialist/Early College

Contact email and/or phone: 616-738-8950

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Program: futurePREP ACADEMY

The futurePREP'd Academy is an after-school opportunity for incoming 11th and 12th grade students to work with Master Teachers from across the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) and Ottawa Area corporations and organizations to learn about the myriad of opportunities that surround them and how this could fit into potential careers and post-secondary programs of study.

Organization: Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Intended Audience: incoming 11th and 12 grade students

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Ottawa

Contact Name: Kathy Steinbach

Contact Title: Administrative Assistant

Contact email and/or phone: 616-738-8940, ext. 4034, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Program: Herrick District Library –Lego Club, Minecraft, and other STEM-related programing

Herrick District Library offers LEGO Club, Minecraft, and other STEM-related programming. Programs, dates, and times vary throughout the year.

Contact email and/or phone: 616-355-3736

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Program: IChallengeU

IChallengeU is an intense, two-week summer educational opportunity for 11th and 12th grade students to work with Master Teachers from across the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) and Ottawa Area corporate, civic, and community leaders to develop solutions to real problems as posed by the partnering corporate, civic, and community partners. Participating teachers engage in (1) intensive training on Project-Based Learning and the Skills4Success (21st Century Skills) and (2) work closely with a local community business/organization.

Organization: Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Intended Audience: 11th and 12th grade students

Dates: Summer 2016

Location: Ottawa County

Contact Name: Kathy Steinbach

Contact Title: Administrative Assistant

Contact email and/or phone: 616-738-8950, ext. 4034

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Program: IChallengeUth

Organization: Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Intended Audience: Incoming 7th – 8th grade students

Dates: Summer 2016

Location: Ottawa County

Contact Name: Kathy Steinbach

Contact Title: Administrative Assistant

Contact email and/or phone: 616-738-8950, ext. 4034

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Program: Lego Club

Organization: Loutit District Library

Dates: September – April

Location: 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417

Contact: Youth Services

Contact email and/or phone: 616-842-5560, extension 216

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Program: MEPP:Manufacturing Engineering Partnership Program

Coopersville High School offers a senior MEPP class first semester. The class exposes students to lean manufacturing techniques, resume and cover letters, practice interviews, presentations by manufacturing partners, company visits and actual interviews and job offers at the end of the school year. Currently there are 12 MEPP partners from the manufacturing industry. MEPP partners have to offer a tuition reimbursement program for full time employees. Seniors can apply to the program at the end of the first semester and their cover letters and resumes are sent to the partners of choice. To learn more about the program visit: coopersvillebroncos.org and find the MEPP tab. We have a video and other information.

Organization: Coopersville High School

Intended/Target audience: Seniors

Dates: On-going

Location: Coopersville

Contact Name: Gary Klein, Mike Fritz, Jim Nicolas, Jean Arteago

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To learn more about the program visit: coopersvillebroncos.org and find the MEPP tab.

 

 

Program: Sundae School

Sundae School is a program designed for K through 5th graders to engage them in learning through brainstorming, teamwork, customer research, developing a communications plan and testing their own work.  There is no cost for this program.  Studentswill be responsible for their own transportation to and from their location.

Organization: Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Intended Audience: K through 5th grade

Dates: Summer 2016

Location: Ottawa County

Contact Name: Kathy Steinbach

Contact Title: Administrative Assistant

Contact email and/or phone: 616-738-8950, ext. 4034

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215 Straight Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | Phone:616-494-8844.