Washtenaw Community College will highlight the exciting world of STEM and STEAM careers and educational opportunities the week of February 28 to March 2.
The 2023 STEAM Week + Campus Explore events will draw hundreds of area high school students and community members interested in exploring science, technology, engineering, arts and math careers. WCC is also partnering with the State of Michigan’s MiSTEM Network to honor high school STEM teachers.
The events, which will be held both virtually and on campus, will feature WCC’s university and industry partners along with college experts and faculty members, who will share inspiring stories and lead interactive workshops and career presentations.
All STEAM Week activities are free and open to the public.
Among the speakers will be WCC alumna Aisha Bowe, a former NASA rocket scientist, future commercial astronaut and founder and CEO of STEMBoard, one of America’s fastest growing tech companies, according to Inc. 5000. Bowe raised nearly $2 million in venture capital last year to fund LINGO, self-paced kits which help more than 5,000 students in 10 countries learn coding at home.
Bowe, who transferred from WCC to the University of Michigan where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a master’s degree in Space Systems Engineering, is preparing to become the first Black woman to fly commercially into space with Blue Origin and the sixth Black woman to cross the internationally recognized boundary of space.
WCC’s STEAM Week Highlights
Day 1: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Keynotes by Dr. Victor Vega, Interim VP of Instruction; Dr. Tracy Schwab, Interim Dean of Math, Sciences & Engineering Technology; and Aisha Bowe, CEO STEMBoard.
Virtual sessions will include:
“Cool Careers: The Liberal Arts in STEAM,” professional faculty Hava Levitt-Phillips; “Detroit College of Creative Studies;” “Plane Waves Instruments: Demonstration/Telescopes and Astrophotography,” Plane Waves Team and Chris Miller; “Astrophotography,” Brian Ottum; “Imposter Syndrome Workshop,” Dr. Susan Montgomery.
Day 2: Wednesday, March 1
Keynotes by Devon Keen, Director of Inclusion, Equity and Outreach and Graduate Student Research at the University of Michigan; Matt Nelson, Director of Communications at the University of Michigan; and Eric Aiken, Program Manager for Student Support and Development at the University of Michigan.
Other sessions will include a nursing simulation and tour, as well as in-person tracks on advanced manufacturing, welding, HVAC, auto service, body, transportation and motorcycle programs. An in-person session on campus will include a “Venom Research” presentation by WCC Professional Faculty member David Wooten.
Day 3: Thursday, March 2
Keynotes by Marly Earlywine (FAME USA), Shamar Herron (MichiganWorks! Southeast) and Mohan Thomas (MiSTEM).
Virtual sessions will include “Careers in Computer and Information Science,” Sandra Lopez of the University of Michigan School of Information; “STEM Career Exploration and Outlook,” WCC Professional Librarian Sandy McCarthy; and “Careers in Engineering,” Sarah Snay from the University of Michigan Engineering.
To register or view a detailed schedule of the week’s events, visit www.wccnet.edu/steam-week.
WCC’s STEAM Week events will be capped off with an Educator of the Year banquet hosted on campus in conjunction with the State of Michigan’s MiSTEM Network. Area high school STEM teachers will be honored at this event.
STEAM WEEK AT WCC
- What: STEAM Week highlights the exciting world of STEM and STEAM careers and educational opportunities
- When: February 28- March 2
- Where: Virtually and on the Washtenaw Community College campus, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
- Who: Open to high school students and others who are interested in pursuing a STEM/STEAM career.
- Webpage: wccnet.edu/steam-week