Eastern Michigan University

300 middle school girls from all over Michigan participated in a conference called "Digital Divas" Friday at Eastern Michigan University.

  The event was created to get more girls interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math also known as STEM.  Right now, women make-up only 24% of that workforce.

  EMU College of Technology professor and co-chair of the event, Dr. Susan Gregory, says that traditionally, girls have been discouraged from the STEM field. 

Eastern Michigan Unversity

400 students from a dozen schools came to Eastern Michigan University's campus last Thursday for the second annual "Math facts challenge"  sponsored by the EMU Charter schools office.  

Eastern Michigan University

The workshop is geared to motivate girls to strive for excellence in male-dominated fields.

Huron River Watershed Council

The Huron River Watershed Council's effort to go into classrooms and teach kids about their environment has gotten a boost from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation.  A $250,000 grant will help fund an ongoing program that promotes hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering and math skills.

Jason Frenzel is volunteer and stewardship coordinator for the Huron River Watershed Council

General Motors has announced it will be donating $900,000 over the next three years to Eastern Michigan Uuniversity's Project Lead the Way program - a national program that encourages U.S. middle and high schools to teach STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math curriculum materials, and the development of engineering and biomedical programs for their students.  

Professor John Dugger is the director of EMU's Project Lead The Way affiliate program. He says the program continues to grow, and EMU has helped train many of its teachers.

Dugger says the program contributes in other ways; holding annual conferences and acting as a recruiter and advisor for schools interested in the teaching STEM material.