Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 17, 2013

Festival spotlights science, math

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Newton’s Road, a regional nonprofit organization committed to increasing access to and appreciation of learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, continues its Northern Michigan STEaM Film Festival on Saturday.

Films will be shown in Milliken Auditorium on campus at Northwestern Michigan College Saturday. They include: “Apollo 13,” 9 a.m.; “October Sky,” noon; “Dolphin Tale,” 2:30 p.m.; and “Something the Lord Made,” 5 p.m. Though tickets are required, attendance is free. Advance ticket locations include: Traverse City 7-11 Stores, Ferguson Enterprises, Horizon Books and the Dennos Museum Center. Families may have a maximum of six tickets. Remaining tickets will be available Saturday at Milliken Auditorium.

In addition, the event will spotlight local businesses that rely on a workforce with strong science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics skills. A variety of these businesses will be showcased at an exhibition on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center. Families will have an opportunity to see innovative products and services of the exhibitors and the global nature of the industries in which they compete. Local high school students who have researched the participating companies will represent their company in a “trade show-like” format.

The exhibition will also feature Richard Lewis, a former employee of Parsons Manufacturing. He will present the heritage of innovation in the Traverse City area, featuring the work of the Parsons Corporation in Numerical Controlled Machining and the products the company manufactured to support NASA’s Apollo program in the 1960s.

A number of scholarships for students and teachers will be awarded in conjunction with the festival. Applications will be available for college-bound high school seniors and for teachers to receive STEM professional development training.

A drawing will be held to provide six scholarships for students who have completed ninth, tenth or eleventh grades to attend Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program in Houghton. Eligible students will complete and submit entry forms on Saturday at the exhibition. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium.

No ticket is required for entry into the exhibition at the Dennos Museum.

Additional event information is available at www.nmsteamff.org or by calling 932-9478.