If you’re a tech enthusiast, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, crafter, or maker of any kind—join us! In partnership with Make: Magazine, creators of the Maker Faire, we’re putting on a Mini Maker Faire in all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide from November 6 through 8. We’ll learn from each other, hear from experts, and work on projects together.

The Rivertown Barnes & Noble is pleased to announce their robust line-up of Makers participating: GR Makers, Hacker Gals, Hemp Solutions, AxisLab3D – the man who makes the robotic hands for people with a 3D printer, – Legos, little libraries….the list goes on.


B&N is also having a B&N gift card promotion right now: buy $75 and get a $10 B&N gift card free. You may purchase them in any denomination, and they never expire. (Great deal for holiday gifts!)


Free medical school? Say what?

Wayne State University announced a new program open to high school students that guarantees advanced admission to WSU’s School of Medicine along with four years of paid undergraduate tuition, four years of paid undergraduate room and board costs in university housing and four years of paid medical school tuition. The new program, Wayne Med-Direct, will admit 10 new students each year beginning summer 2016. The university is accepting applications from now until Jan. 15, 2016.

Wayne Med-Direct was developed in line with the university’s mission to develop a pipeline of high quality students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who are also interested in studying health disparities.

“Attracting top-tier students with an interest in health disparities is important to the future of our School of Medicine,” said WSU President M. Roy Wilson. “As we advance toward becoming a national hub for health disparities research, it is crucial for us to get future medical practitioners and clinical scientists committed to Wayne State University as soon as possible.”

The only program of its kind in the state of Michigan, Wayne Med-Direct emphasizes mentoring and research by giving participants the opportunity to become part of the School of Medicine community during their undergraduate studies, leading to M.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree programs at WSU.

Ambika Mathur, dean of Wayne State’s Graduate School and one of the architects of Wayne Med-Direct, will help oversee the administration of specialized programming for the cohort to ensure they are equipped for success once they reach the School of Medicine.

“Incoming freshman who are admitted to the program will arrive on campus in the summer to participate in summer enrichment courses focused on chemistry, biology, physics and writing,” said Mathur. “In addition to their early arrival on campus, Wayne Med-Direct cohorts will participate in seminars, workshops and hands-on research and clinical training in the School of Medicine throughout their undergraduate careers.”

Other benefits students in the program will receive include free MCAT and GRE preparation, travel to relevant conferences and symposia, and access to cutting-edge research facilities such as the new $93-million Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio).

WSU will evaluate candidates through a holistic admission process. To be eligible for the program, candidates must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 1340 SAT or 30 ACT score, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and be an incoming freshman. Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who are also interested in studying health disparities.

Students can apply for admission to WSU using the university application and submit the additional Wayne Med-Direct application. For more information about the program and the application process, visit honors.wayne.edu.

  • Contact: Mike Brinich
  • Voice: 313-577-5699
  • Email: mikebrinich@wayne.edu

2015 MSSMA Undergrad Fair

The Michigan Statewide Sport Management Association (MSSMA) invites you to bring a group of high school students to the 3rd annual MSSMA Conference. The morning session of the MSSMA conference is exclusively designed to inform and educate high school students about their futures as college students and professionals. Several colleges and universities will be on hand to help students think about their higher education goals. Students will meet with schools in a “speed dating” style format. In addition there will be a special session dedicated to helping students explore opportunities in the sport management field. (see web site for details and registration information: http://www.misportmanagement.com/und2015)

We hope that you can join us with a group of students at the morning session of the conference. The morning session of the conference is free to all students/chaperones, however transportation and supervision/chaperoning of students must be provided to the conference. If students wish to register for the Friday evening and Saturday portion of the conference as well they can do so via: http://www.misportmanagement.com. The non-high school portion of the conference is not free and students must individually register for if they wish to attend.

DATE: November 6, 2015

LOCATION: Conference Center at the Crowne Plaza, Grand Rapids


 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – High school students arrive and check in

 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Speakers address students

 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – High school students visit with undergraduate institutions


Adrian College                                   Aquinas College                                Calvin College

Central Michigan University         Davenport University                     EMU

Ferris State University                    Finlandia University                         GVSU

Michigan State University             Wayne State University                 WMU

2015 MSSMA Undergrad fair HS registration

Need a speaker for your classroom? The construction industry is making it easy for you to connect.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is making it easy for educators to get connected with an industry professional when you have a need.  ABC has developed a Speaker Request Form that is very user friendly.  ABC and its member companies are available to come into classrooms to speak with students and/or educators on industry careers, trends, PBL partnership, etc.

Experience learning through a different lens

Looking for ways to engage your students through creativity and storytelling?  Wondering how to get them excited about writing?  Then join us, along with students across Kent County, on Friday, November 6th at the Wealthy St. Theater, to view short films created by high school and college students across Michigan (and beyond), submitted just for this competition.  Listen to guest speaker Carla Moore, Vice President of Talent Acquisition for HBO, share about the variety of career possibilities (beyond simply acting or directing) that the industry has to offer.  And explore careers for yourself, through numerous workshops conducted by film professionals located right here in Grand Rapids.  Whether you want to bring 2-3 students or a busload, click here to reserve your space or for more information.  Register by Oct. 30; sign up today as space is limited.  Check out the promotional video and more on their website (mosaicfilmexperience.com).  See you there!

Mosaic Film Experience 2015 Teacher Flier

Girls STEM Conference

STEM Girl Genius Conference on Saturday 11.7.15!
Who: 6th-8th grade girls
Cost: $15
Where: GRCC’s Applied Technology Center Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Last year, this was an amazing opportunity for young ladies in the greater Grand Rapids area to see some of the ladies currently working in these fields, and to get a taste of hands on learning themselves. You don’t want to miss this.

See the info and register to attend at this link.


Teachers in Industry – Now Open for Enrollment!

In my last post I mentioned there would be several opportunities for teachers to engage in Career Readiness development opportunities. Among those opportunities would be field trips! (If that doesn’t pull a person in, I don’t know what does.)

One such opportunity is our first of four Teachers in Industry tours. This first one will be held on Friday, October 23rd, and will center on the arts and media. We will visit three organizations that impact our community through these venues.

Our first stop will be the Grand Rapids Symphony. Director of Education Claire Van Brandeghen will share some of the ways the symphony partners with local education. She’ll also open some eyes to the science and technology required to make sweet-sounding music.

Next, we’ll meet with Chris Bruce, Senior Coordinator of School Programs with the Grand Rapids Art Museum. He’ll show us ways we can use art across the curriculum – like exploring how different eras and time periods influenced art or how it can be expressed in writing.

We’ll finish our tour by meeting with Derk Baartman, media producer, founder of DB Studio, and board member of the Mosaic Film Experience, a locally run film festival aimed at engaging high school and college-age students in film. Derk will talk about this year’s competition as well as share how county schools can leverage the festival to explore all the career possibilities through a hands-on workshop.

This last event will be held at Blue35, a local shared workspace. See how small businesses use the concept of these shared, rented spaces to move their business move their business forward, without the expense or overhead of owning their own building.

The purpose of this day is to get out of the classroom as we hit the road so you can see for yourself how the things you teach are being used are used in the workforce around you. And, it’ll finally allow you to answer – hopefully for the last time – the age-old question, “When am I going to use this in the real world?” Click the following link for more information on our Teachers in Industry series.