STEM Mini-Grants

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Check out a map of the locations of schools who have received MiSTEM Mini-Grant Awards and their business/community partners:

2022-23 Cycle

The STEM Mini-Grant Program is to support educators in the teaching and learning of STEM in K-12 classrooms and out-of-school time programs. The emphasis is on stimulating new teaching ideas and new learning opportunities made possible through the creative spark of educators. An additional emphasis is placed on developing community outreach projects in which students and schools work with local business partners and community organizations to solve local problems and develop career awareness, exploration, or preparation.

Eligible Applicants 

The program is open to all public school teachers and out-of-school time educators in Allegan, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Counties, for grades K-12. Team projects from several educators working together with multiple groups of students are also accepted and encouraged.  

Funding/Budget Guidelines

K-12 Teachers

Maximum WITHOUT a business/community partner

Maximum WITH a business/community partner

1 Teacher

$500

$1,000

2 Teachers

$1,000

$1,500

3 Teachers

$1,500

$2,000

4 or more teachers

$2,000

$2,500

Out-of-School Educators 

Maximum WITHOUT a business/community partner 

Maximum WITH a business/community partner 

1 Teacher

$300

$600

2 Teachers

$600

$900

3 Teachers

$900

$1,200

4 or more teachers

$1,200

$1,500

Expenditures for program materials to enhance or extend a regular program or to create a new program are encouraged. If a pre-packaged kit is the major activity for your project, indicate how you would supplement the kit and customize it for your program.  All purchases should be tax-exempt and sales tax will not be reimbursed.  Stipends are not an allowable expense for these grant funds. 

Criteria for Review 

Applications will be reviewed by a team of regional stakeholders. Winners are determined on a county-wide competitive basis, with awards going to the top-ranked proposals.  Priority will be given to proposals that: 

  • Increase equity of access to STEM fields for under-served groups 
  • Include a business/community partner  
  • Demonstrate a potential for positive impact on students and community 
  • Demonstrate an integrated/interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary approach to STEM education 
  • Includes a detailed budget and clear rationale for expenses 
  • Align to standards 
  • Adhere to proposal guidelines 

Application 

Closed

Timeline 

  • The application deadline is November 15, 2022.
  • Notification of awards will be made by December 9, 2022. 
  • Funds will be dispersed by February at the latest. 
  • Awardees are to complete their project by the conclusion of the 22/23 academic year. ​​​​​​

For questions or technical assistance, contact Olga L. Kryger at [email protected]


Mini-Grant Winners

2021-2022 Grant Cycle Awardees

County

Teachers and Partners

Project Name

Amount

Allegan

Dale Quattrin, Valli Capterton, Beth Johnston, Stephen Potter, Anthony Lincoln

Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center (ACATEC)

Partner: Edgewater Automation

To Space  and Beyond!!

$1,655.90

Kent

Bobbijo Zoerhof and Jane Van Hof

Kentwood Public Schools; Valleywood Middle School

Partners: Groundswell, GVSU, and Trout Unlimited

 

Stewards of Buck Creek: 3D printed enviroscape, water solution designs and water testing kits 

$1,500.00

Kent

Jessica Priem, Tami Nelson ,Dalila Flores, Kari Logan, Emily Dafoe

Godfrey Lee Public Schools

ECC Legends Lab - K-2 Makerspace

$1,992.06

Kent

Adrianne Rose, Julia Bierema, Jessica Priem, Adam Lurie, Melissa Donovan, Troy VanTuien

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

Partners: MiSTEM Network, Michigan Department of Education, REC Foundation, and Amazon Future Engineers/Project STEM

Full STEAM Ahead Curriculum Development

$1,500.00

Muskegon

Chad Majeske and Erica Trowbridge

Oakridge Public Schools; Oakridge Middle School

Partners: The Boys and Girls Club, Muskegon Lake Shore, and Mitten Drone Media

Escape Room: Drone Edition

$1,470.00

Muskegon

Heather MacDonald, Sarah Tabler, Stephani Lewis, Emily Morehouse

Orchard View Schools; Cardinal Elementary

Maker Space Lab for Cardinal Elementary

$2,000.00

Muskegon

Dylan Darga, Janelle Carr, Michelle Schuitema, Devany Schumaker

Muskegon Public Schools; Bunker Elementary, Marquette Elementary, Moon Elementary, Oakview Elementary

Muskegon Public Schools- Elementary STEM Lab

$1,799.96

Muskegon

Rebecca Sandee, Devin Perez, Shanna Frazier, Rebecca Droski, Emily Workman

Reeths-Puffer Schools; Central Elementary

Partners: Michigan Farm Bureau, Muskegon Area Beekeepers, and West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Bringing the FARM to Central Elementary

$2,125.00

Newaygo

Stephanie Dood, Travis DeVos (Grant Location), Alexis Mercer (Newaygo Location), Renee Platt (White Cloud/Hesperia Location)

Newaygo; Grant Public Schools, Newaygo Public Schools, White Cloud Public Schools, and Hesperia Community Schools

Partners: Kropscott Farm Environmental Center, Newaygo County Public Schools, The Gerber Foundation, and Fremont Area Community Foundation

Nature is our Educator-Place Based Learning

$6,000.00

Ottawa

Samantha Ludlam

Coopersville Area Public Schools; Coopersville High School

Partners: Hehlden Farm, DeVries Meats, Drummond Meat Processing, and Meat Market

Meat Evaluation & Technology

$491.00

Here is the list of past awardees and partner organizations:


Services provided through a MiSTEM grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education



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