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Spring 2022 STEM Learning Ecosystems

Community of Practice Convening

Bay City, Mich. / June 20 – 22, 2022

Schedule of events


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.

It’s Been a Long Time…And We’re Baaack!

Elbow Bump Your Neighbor, Get Ready to Meet the Newest Members of the SLECoP Family and Get Ready for an Amazing Few Days of Learning, Fun and Inspiration.

“TITLE” – Louie Lopez, director DOD STEM.

2 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

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.

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

Draw Your Future

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

3:05 p.m. - 3:25 p.m

CS and Inclusion by Broadcom

Learn how to use CS to drive inclusion in your communities.

3:30 p.m. - 3:55 p.m

People, Planet, Prosperity by Dow

Two of our nation’s leading companies will share key messages to unite all of us for shared, common goals.

4 p.m. - 4:15 p.m

Consumers Energy

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

8:00a - 8:45a

Networking Time/Travel Time/Vendor Time

8:30a - 12:00p

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 

11:45a - 12:15p

Travel Time/Team Time/Networking Time

12:35 PM - 1:05 PM

What are funders interested in supporting? Lunch/Sponsor Interaction/Vendor Interaction

1:15 PM

Load Buses for field trip participants

1:15p - 1:45p

Travel Time/Team Time/Networking Time

1:45p - 4:45p

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 

4:45p - 5:30p

Travel Time/Team Time/Networking Time/Vendor Time

6:00p - 9:00p

Team Time/Networking Time/Dining

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

Description – 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.

Elevator Pitch Boot Camp

Messaging or telling the story (for any type of funder)

Messaging from Strategic Advisory Council leaders on why their organizations invest in the SLECoP

Outline of Session

  • Intro – Reginald McGregor, Rolls Royce
  • Who are you (locally, nationally, mission, vision, your key partners, your sustainment etc)?- Casey Welch, Tallo
  • What is the message  – Engagement not gifting –  David Turner, Siemens
  • How to do it  – Crafting your Message – Paula Golden, Broadcom


8:00a - 9:00a

Policy Panel Discussion

How do we position STEM to solve our greatest challenges? Interactive session.

9:15a - 10:00a

Discussion Groups and Working Sessions

  • Forging the future through the Strengthening STEM Ecosystems Act.
  • Leveling the playing field by ensuring broadband access for all.
  • Discussing strategies to lead STEM Ecosystems boldly forward.
  • Developing a policy agenda and seeing policy in action.

10:00a - 3:00p

MiSTEM Advisory Council to the Governor Discussion

Read more here.

10:05a - 10:15a

Revisiting Draw Your Future

10:15a - 10:45a

Flashtalks on What the SLECoP Has to Offer Between Convenings

10:45a - 11:00a

Convening Survey and Closing – And in 2023, we will be…

Children's Museum

Access and Equity, Business Engagement, Parent Engagement and Ideas for a Robust Out- of-School Time (OST) Network

Join us for a hands-on informative session at the Mid Michigan Children’s Museum where you will see fun and engaging displays that also serve as early career exploration activities.  Find out how a robust OST network has been established and learn about projects that you can duplicate such as a STEM Passport, Access and Equity Mini-grants, partnerships with a parent network, 3D virtual field trips, STEM calendar collaborations, Million Girl Moonshot activities and more.


Mid Michigan Children’s Museum

Developing a Workforce for the 4th Industrial Revolution

We are at the forefront of a new revolution in industry, every bit as momentous as the invention of the steam engine, mass production of the automobile, computers and the internet, and now robotics, flexible manufacturing, and artificial intelligence. In this field trip, you will see how LIFT, a Detroit-based research and learning lab, the Saginaw Intermediate School District, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers have implemented programs that lead to industry recognized certifications to prepare the “4IR” Workforce. In this session, you will learn how to connect with national organizations who are passionate in their support of schools developing students for new jobs, in this new economy.


Nexteer Automotive

Nexteer Steering Wheel

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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