June 16, 2024

Lecturers neighborhood partners honored for motivation innovation in STEM instruction

LANSING, Mich. — The MiSTEM Network crew in region 2 – covering southeast and southcentral Michigan – hosted their 4th Annual Recognition Ceremony, to honor educators and community partners for their determination to cultivating a vibrant STEM (science, engineering, engineering and mathematics) ecosystem in Michigan.

“The Annual Recognition Ceremony is a terrific option to celebrate the community partnerships and educators that are vital to making a lively STEM ecosystem in our point out,” said Megan Schrauben, MiSTEM Community Govt Director. “MiSTEM is fully commited to investing in STEM training and empowering our educators as they prepare learners for in-demand from customers careers.”

MiSTEM is pleased to congratulate Jill Cain, an educator of 22 several years and present-day trainer at Three Fires Elementary Faculty in Howell Public Universities, for getting the STEM Integration Educator of the Year Award and $1,000 grant John Riedeman, 12-calendar year veteran educator, Initially Robotics Guide Mentor and 11-12th quality trainer at Jackson Location Vocation Centre, on obtaining the STEM Educator of the Calendar year Award and $1,000 grant and the Southeast Michigan Stewardship (SEMIS) Coalition, Ethan Lowenstein and Lisa Volker from Eastern Michigan College on obtaining the Vital Companions Award. 

“It is an honor to acknowledge the remarkable do the job of our educators and local community partners to progress the STEM culture in the area,” mentioned Scott Heister, MiSTEM Area 2 Director. “I applaud Jill Cain, John Riedeman and the SEMIS Coalition for their continued attempts to assist students on their way to a dazzling potential in STEM.”

These awards recognize educators and neighborhood associates with a reliable document of integration of STEM concepts and higher-high-quality STEM-linked encounters for learners, with a focus on: 

  • Advertising and marketing energetic discovering and imaginative, vital and independent imagining
  • Acquiring a enjoy of understanding and appreciation for the marriage in between STEM-dependent information and culture
  • Setting up resilience and encouraging learners learn the positive aspects of “failing forward”
  • Working with design course of action wondering and STEM-dependent learning activities
  • Participating with learners past the classroom and developing prospects to address the unique wants of all learners and
  • Working with educating procedures that are correct and productive with a large variety of mastering kinds.  

In addition to being acknowledged at the March 2 MiSTEM Recognition Ceremony at Washtenaw Group Faculty, Cain and Riedeman gained $1,000 grants to aid maximize their effects about STEM education. Cain options to use the grant funds to exchange and improve current STEM gear to broaden programming for her students and Riedeman plans to purchase products to deliver far more hands-on understanding. 

Cain goes over and beyond to make sure that students can understand in a safe and sound, healthful, supportive and enjoyable atmosphere. She uses makerspaces to interact students and assistance them uncover their talents and pursuits by making, developing, fixing, building, collaborating and considering. She also takes advantage of her capabilities and experience to motivate college students, nurture their wish for studying and enable other academics integrate STEM experiences for college students outside the house of common STEM school rooms. 

“As a veteran educator, I acknowledge the worth of cultivating a welcoming and partaking environment for my learners to understand,” claimed Cain. “This grant will strengthen my classroom offerings so learners can explore their talents and the thrilling planet of STEM.”

Riedeman leverages his engineering expertise and potent relationships with article-secondary associates to actively market science and STEM careers for his learners. He has reworked Jackson Area Vocation Center’s First robotics staff into a perennial condition qualifier. His classroom has grow to be a spot for regional educational facilities to collaborate and hone their robotics capabilities. Some of his previous college students have come back to help mentor the program that motivated them to purse STEM occupations in college or university, illustrating the extended-time period effects of Riedeman’s perform.

“Having former students arrive at again to aid my classroom shows me just how impactful STEM education is and I am grateful to participate in a role in that here in our region,” said Riedeman. “I appear forward to applying this grant to mature my classroom assets that will link even far more students to worthwhile STEM encounters and upcoming careers in the subject.”

The SEMIS Coalition been given the Significant Companions Award as a testomony to their exceptional function in direction of advancing the STEM lifestyle in the area and their beneficial affect on equitable entry to STEM professions. They have been also recognized for their development of 3-P (undertaking, difficulty and place-based) education and learning in the area.

“In this article at the SEMIS Coalition, we have a profound respect for the educators, pupils and advocates who are transforming the earth by STEM education and learning,” stated Ethan Lowenstein. “It is an honor to receive this award and we appear forward to continuing to add to the vibrant STEM ecosystem ideal right here in Michigan.”

The Educator of the Calendar year awards function served as a closing ceremony for the 7 days-very long 2023 STEAM Week + Campus Check out celebration hosted by Washtenaw Community college or university. 

MiSTEM Area 2 is comprised of 6 counties from southeast/south central Michigan, which includes: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw Counties. Their operate aims to unite schooling, small business and local community associates across the point out by producing pathways for all college students to take into consideration and purse high-wage, higher-need professions in STEM. Their mission is to be the catalyst for equitable access and engagement in authentic STEM encounters in each individual community in Michigan.

Individuals rewarded at the MiSTEM banquet

Pictured, still left to proper: Ethan Lowenstein, Lisa Volker (Southeast Michigan Stewardship Initiative) Scott Heister (MiSTEM Network) Jill Cain (A few Fires Elementary Faculty, Howell Public Faculties) John Riedeman (Jackson Space Job Center, JCISD).


Given that its development in 2017, the MiSTEM Advisory Council has presented $3.05 million on a yearly basis in state grants to help K-12 STEM plans to increase scholar engagement and accomplishment, as nicely as new packages to extend entry to do the job-relevant encounters and professional training. By expanding STEM engagement in all Michigan communities, we can produce sustainable pathways and professions to cultivate an impressive workforce of the foreseeable future.