STEM Mini-Grants

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2021-2022 Grant Cycle

Stay tuned - the grant cycle will launch in fall 2021!  We will offer grant to both K-12 classroom teachers and Out-of-school time educators.  Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.


2019-2021 Grant Cycle

MiSTEM’s Greater West Michigan Region Teacher Mini-Grant Program is to support educators in the teaching and learning of STEM in their classrooms. The emphasis is on stimulating new teaching ideas and new learning opportunities within the classroom, made possible through the creative spark of the teacher. An additional emphasis is placed on developing community outreach projects, encouraging students and schools to work with local business partners and community organizations. 

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

The maximum amount of a grant to be awarded for an individual proposal is $500. The maximum request for a collaborative proposal is $2500.  Expenditures for program materials to enhance or extend a regular program or to create a new program are encouraged; they should be beyond the scope of the regular school-line item budget. 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. Stipends are not an allowable expense for these grant funds. 


Congratulations to the 2020 Spring Mini-Grant Awardees!

Here is the list of awardees and partner organizations:

County

Teachers and Partners

Project Name

Amount

Allegan

Mark Mattox

Allegan Alternative High School, Allegan Public Schools

Applied Battery Technology

$500.00

Allegan

Dale Quattrin

Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center, Allegan Area Educational Service Agency

Partner:

  • Perrigo

Engineering, Programming, Designing, and Manufacturing Through Robots

$2,500.00

Kent

Melissa Donovan, Alissa Huggins, Troy VanTuinen

Godfrey-Lee Middle School, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

Partner:

  • Fishbeck

Design Your Best Car

$835.46

Kent

Melissa Flickinger

Chandler Woods Charter Academy

Tello Drones for my Little Coders

$496.00

Montcalm

Jill Dagley, Emily Stout, Betsy Naasko

Lakeview Elementary School, Lakeview Middle School, Lakeview Community Schools

Partners:

  • Tamarack District Library
  • Lakeview Vex Robotics
  • Lakeview Area News

Flat Stanley Robotics

$2,500.00

Muskegon

Britney Christensen, Gabriel Knowles

Ealy Elementary, Whitehall District Schools

Partners:

  • Weesies Brothers Farms Inc.
  • Muskegon Conservation District
  • Montague Public Schools
  • Whitehall District Schools
  • White Lake Area Community Member & Horticulturist
  • Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
  • W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

Ealy Sprouts: Establishing Our Roots

$2,409.91

Newaygo

Stephanie Dood, Shelly Dams, Kelly Palmer, Mindy Tilli

Grant Middle School, Grant Public Schools

Partners:

  • Hilltop Bailey Bakery
  • Timbertown Coffee Co.
  • YoGraphics

STEM Entrepreneur Challenge

$2,500.00

Ottawa

Alvin Essenburg, Carmen Thompson

Innocademy

Partner:

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

Pollution Study Using Macroinvertebrates

$485.92

Ottawa

Chad Zuber, Hillary Schmidt, Emily VanDam

Innocademy Allegan Campus and Innocademy Zeeland

Collaborative Specdrum Art/ Music/ Science/ Engineering

$1,425.00


TIMELINE - ADJUSTED DUE TO COVID-19

The timeline for the Greater West Michigan Region Teacher Mini-Grant Program is being altered due to the current closure of K-12 schools and the COVID-19 disease.  Assuming that there are no further disruptions or school closures, the new completion date is the end of the 20/21 academic year and the summary report, along with original paid receipts for all expenses will be due by June 30, 2021.

 

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Questions?

For questions or clarification please contact:

Ginger Rohwer - Ginger.Rohwer@gvsu.edu 

or

Diane Miller - Diane.Miller@gvsu.edu 


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