STEM Mini-Grants

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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.

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

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2022-2023 STEM Mini-Grant Cycle Stats

  • 11 applications were awarded funds
  • A total of $23567.41 was awarded  
  • 26 K-12 In-Service Teachers benefited
  • 11 Informal Learning/Out-of-school Educators benefited
  • 7239 K-12 students served!

2022-2023 Grant Cycle Awardees


Teachers and Partners

Project Name



Lori Howell and Pat Velie

Wayland Union Middle and High School

Partners: Greater Federation of Women's Clubs - Gun Lake, Wayland Union Education Foundation

Bee a Good Neighbor



Darek Hawkins, Sabrina Beslagic, Peter Weise, Elizabeth Ernst, and Edwin Colburn

Crossroads Alternative High School

Partners: Kent ISD and Penchura, LLC


Designing a prototype of "playground" for high school students as the fun/recreational place



Michelle Holliday, Matthew Evans, Joe Uzarski, and James Emperor 

GR Montessori 

Partner: John Ball Zoo 

GR Montessori & John Ball Zoo Habitat Hero Project



Ranae Gavitt, Cindy Sheehan, Emma Colon, Kristen Accorsi, Cindy Savino, and Caity DeBoard

Out-of-School: Kids' Food Basket

Partners: Cardinal Elementary (Muskegon), West Elementary (Wyoming), Oriole Park Elementary (Wyoming), Hope Academy (Grand Rapids), and Jefferson Elementary School (Holland)

STEM Supported Nutrition, Food Systems and Community Education for the Next Generation 



Christina Adamson

Tri County Middle School

Making the Most of Micro:bit



Chelsea Bender and Tyler Frank

Montague High School

Partner: Chemours Environmental Impact Committee

Environmental Chemistry- Make It Right Chemours



Sara Goodrich, Randy Gebolys, Molly Vanderleest, and Chad Majeske

Oakrige High/Middle Schools

Partner: Lakeshore Boys and Girls Club

Full STEAM Ahead



Andria Yost, Brenda Robinson, and Amy Garcia

Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change

Partner: Lakeshore Fab Lab

Muskegon Montessori Jr High



Julie Kulich, Mike Hoch, and Phil Klein

Coopersville High School

Fiberglass Frenzy



Makenzie Denning and Vicki Hawes

Pathfinder Elementary, Daisy Brook Elementary, and Hesperia Elementary Schools

Muskegon Area ISD: Educational Technology Consultant / Director REMC 4

Packer Panther Project 



Stephanie Dood, Travis DeVos, Danielle Siegel, Tracy Sanchez, Luke Cotton, and Marty Holtgren

Out-of-School: Newaygo County-wide application

Partners: Newaygo Conservation District- Kropscott Environmental Farm and Observatory and Muskegon River Watershed Assembly

Newaygo County-Flying Classroom Professional Learning



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.  

K-12 Teachers

Maximum WITHOUT a business/community partner

Maximum WITH a business/community partner

1 Teacher



2 Teachers



3 Teachers



4 or more teachers



Out-of-School Educators 

Maximum WITHOUT a business/community partner 

Maximum WITH a business/community partner 

1 Teacher



2 Teachers



3 Teachers



4 or more teachers



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


  • The application deadline was November 15, 2022.
  • Notification of awards were made on 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]

Click on the links below to view past awardees and partner organizations:

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

Page last modified May 15, 2023