People, Planet, Prosperity Schedule

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Spring 2022 STEM Learning Ecosystems

Community of Practice Convening

Bay City, Mich. / June 20 – 22, 2022


8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

New Ecosystem Orientation

1:00 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.

Opening and Welcome – Jeremy Shorr, Jan Morrison, TIES – General Welcome

(Welcome to new LC2 – New Ecosystems )

1:35 - 1:50 p.m.

STEM Ecosystems and the Department of Defense

Louie Lopez, Director, DOD STEM. Introduced by Julie Stolzer

1:55 PM - 2:05 PM

The Voices of the Next Generation: Chief Science Officers

Today’s student STEM leaders have questions for all of us. They will also issue some big charges and challenges for STEM leaders.

2:05 PM - 2:45 PM

Draw Your Ecosystems’ Future with Patti Dobrowolski.

Develop and plan your Ecosystem’s work for the coming year with creative and visual guidance.

2:55 p.m. - 3:15 p.m

Coding in the Future

Computational Thinking in STEM and Inclusion” by Broadcom Foundation – Learn how to use CS to drive inclusion in your communities with Paula Golden of Broadcom Foundation; Matt Richardson of Raspberry Pi Foundation, and Maria Wronski of Broadcom Foundation.

Check out this video of this session here.

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m

People, Planet, Prosperity by Dow

A deeper dive into how the convening theme is critical to all by Andre Argenton of Dow. Introduced by Kevin Holland of Verizon.

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Become a Force of Change

Linda Hilbert of Consumers Energy. Introduced by Matt Felan.

6:30p - 6:45p

Welcome to Bay City, Michigan

Learn about everything our host city has to offer. And there’s a lot!

6:45p - 9:00p

Food Trucks and Adult Recess, Drone Racing, Planetarium Shows and More.


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast and Ecosystem Lead Session

Developing a new normal for STEM Learning Ecosystems

Grand Ballroom B

7:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast for field trip participants

Grand Ballroom A/D

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Breakfast for attendees who have selected morning breakout/E2E sessions

8:00 AM

Load Buses for field trip participants

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Networking Time/Travel Time/Vendor Time

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday Morning Sessions

Tuesday Morning Field Trips 8:45 AM -11:45 AM:

  • Planet: Delta College
    Learn how to expand STEM and sustainability through educational initiatives and strong partnerships.
Tuesday Morning Sessions:

Block 1 Sessions 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Block 2 Sessions 9:25 AM – 10:10 AM
Block 3 Sessions 10:20 AM – 11:05 AM 
Block 4 Sessions 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Travel Time/Team Time/Networking Time

12:15 PM - 1:05 PM

Funder Panel and Lunch – Main Stage

As lunch continues…funders explain their priorities and how they have evolved in the pandemic. Moderator: Errika Moore, STEM Funders Network; Panelists: Reginald McGregor, Rolls-Royce North America and vice chairman of the Leadership Coordinating Council; and Kat Owsley, Bosch Community Fund.

1:05 PM - 1:45 PM

Code 313 Visit and interact with sponsors and vendors

 Learn more here.

1:15 PM

Load Buses for field trip participants

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Travel Time/Team Time/Networking Time

1:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Tuesday Afternoon Field Trips 1:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Field Trips:

People: Saginaw Valley State University
Investigate how large institutions build meaningful connections across disciplines and demographics to create enriching experiences for learners at all levels.

Planet: Chippewa Nature Center
Learn about place, project, problem, and partnership-based STEM education.

Prosperity: Nexteer Automotive
Let’s develop a workforce for the 4th Industrial Revolution!

E2E Workshops:

Block 5 Sessions 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Block 6 Sessions 2:40 PM – 3:25 PM
Block 7 Sessions 3:35 PM – 4:20 PM
Block 8 Sessions 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM 

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

DoD STEM DSEC Quarterly Meeting (Invitation Only), Room 213 Delta College Planetarium

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Travel Time/Team Time/Networking Time/Vendor Time

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Team Time/Networking Time/Dining


7:30 AM


8:05 AM - 8:15 AM

2023 Convening Announcement: And in 2023, we will be . . .

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Strategy and Policy Panel Discussion

Federal and State Governments shape the STEM Landscape through policy, investment, and priorities. What does this mean for STEM Ecosystems? 


  1. Moderator; Julie Stolzer Founding Director of STEM Ecosystems
  2. Louie Lopez Director, DoD STEM/ Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  3. Patti Curtis-US Department of Education/ Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow
  4. Dr. Jacqueline E. Huntoon, PhD, PG / Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Michigan Tech & Member Governor Whitmer MiSTEM Advisory Council

Have a question for our panel? Submit questions  here: 

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Discussion Groups and Working Sessions

  • Forging the future through the Strengthening STEM Ecosystems Act.
  • Leveling the playing field by ensuring broadband access for all.
  • Working forward to inform the next STEM Strategic Plan.
  • Developing a policy agenda and seeing policy in action.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Revisiting Draw Your Future

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Convening Survey and Closing

11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Opportunity to observe Governor Whitmer’s Michigan STEM (MiSTEM) Advisory Council’s priority- setting open meeting

Governor Whitmer’s Michigan STEM (MiSTEM) Advisory Council will host their priority setting open meeting during the STEM Ecosystems June 2022 convening. The MiSTEM Council annually makes recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and the MI Department of Education concerning changes to the statewide STEM strategy adopted by the Council for delivering STEM education-related opportunities to pupils. A summary of the data collections from the previous year activities will be used to inform changes needed for the next budget cycle. These priorities determine the spending of $7,634,300 for STEM programming to increase student proficiency in STEM subjects and increase the number of pupils who are primed to be successful in STEM fields. This is a critical effort towards meeting our state goal of having 60% of Michigan’s workforce with a postsecondary credential by 2030.

Thank you to our overall initiative funders:

Thank you to our Convening Sponsors and Funders





COVID-19 Policy

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice is vigilant in following state and federal guidelines regarding COVID protocols for larger meetings. The SLECoP has worked hard with the host Ecosystem to ensure that there are spaces for all to remain healthy, indoors and out. As always, the SLECoP must make financial commitments for the event to happen and therefore will not be able to issue refunds if you are unable to attend. Thank you so much for your understanding.

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