Partnership pairs young women with STEM professionals

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The six-week after-school program will allow students to work with wind energy, as well as hydrogen-powered cars, solar energy, electrochemistry, physics and engineering, and more. Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum

A local museum will be working to attract more young female students to STEM-based careers.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is partnering again with the DTE Energy Foundation to support the Young Women in Science program during the spring at the museum.

“Thank you to the DTE Foundation for continuing to support the museum’s efforts to share these opportunities with area students,” said Dale Robertson, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “In these after-school programs, students experience science in a hands-on way, led by local female professionals. We are extremely thankful to the DTE Foundation for the role they are playing within the community.”

The partnership will offer Godfrey-Lee Public School and Grand Rapids Public School middle school students the opportunity to work with local women who are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals.

The six-week after-school program will allow students to work with hydrogen-powered cars, solar and wind energy, electrochemistry, physics and engineering, and more.

“The Young Women in Science program engages girls in middle school with STEM subjects at a crucial time in their educational journey,” said Lynette Dowler, executive director and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “At the DTE Foundation, we want to make sure that we keep these girls interested in an important field that can change their futures. We’re proud to support the next generation of engineers, mathematicians and scientists.”

The participating schools include Lee Middle School, Grand Rapids University Prep Academy, Westwood Middle School, Alger Middle School and Riverside Middle School.

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