MI STEM Partnership Wins Leadership Award at TIM Detroit 2017

The Michigan STEM Partnership won The Leadership Award at the recent Technology in Motion (TIM) Detroit 2017 event in which the organization participated as a producer of and exhibitor in the STEM Career Showcase.

Michigan’s first STEM Career Showcase, produced by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and the MI STEM Partnership took place on Thursday, September 7th at the 1st annual Technology in Motion (TIM) Detroit event.

Featuring exhibits such as Consumers Energy, MI Robotics Institute, MI-Light, MI Science Center, DASI Solutions and many more, the event provided an opportunity for students, parents and educators to get great information about in-demand STEM careers and educational opportunities, as well as to hear expert panelists on topics such as:

  • The Importance of STEM to Michigan’s Economy
  • Solving the STEM Talent Problem Thru Diversity
  • The STEM Gender Gap and How to Close It
  • How to Find a STEM Job in Today’s Market
  • Increasing the Availability of STEM Training
  • STEM Students; Are they prepared for STEM careers?

Panel members included representatives from firms such as:  Ford Motor Company, Birmingham Schools, Oakland University, Education Planning Resources, Workforce Intelligence Network, Consumers Energy, Mobile Technology Assn of MI, Oakland Community College, Lawrence Technological University, MI Science Center, Society of Automotive Engineers, University of MI, ardentCause, New Shore LLC, Sargon Partners, GTB, Moveable Bytes, GE, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Coretek Services, MI Afterschool Partnership, Project Lead the Way, STEM.org, Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Eco-system, Amy Cell Talent, Robotic Intelligence Software, RIIS and NHacks.

Sponsors for the STEM@TIM event included: MI Afterschool Partnership, Consumers Energy, Oakland Community College, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office Washtenaw Community College and Henry Ford College.

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MI STEM Partnership co-produces STEM careers event at ‘Technology in Motion: Detroit’ exhibition

This article originally appeared in the TIM Detroit blog on July 19, 2017


STEM_photo-1Every industry is becoming increasingly reliant on STEM-related jobs, which more often than not outnumber the amount of applicants available for them — especially in Michigan.

“We already have about 15,000 connected tech-related jobs in the state going unfilled,” said Linda Daichendt, executive director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM). “If we don’t find a way to solve this problem by getting our students, and those seeking second or alternative careers, interested in filling these jobs, then the jobs will go elsewhere, companies will leave, and Michigan and its economy will be left behind.”

Most importantly, STEM support doesn’t just resolve an issue, but creates opportunities. Research conducted by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and MTAM indicates that every connected technology-related job created in Michigan also creates 6.54 additional jobs in the state, making it the highest job creation factor in the state. Michigan currently has multiple growing STEM industries, including mobility/connected transportation, connected health, smart manufacturing, smart cities, defense and cybersecurity.

The inaugural Technology in Motion (TIM) mobility exhibition seeks to be part of these efforts by partnering with the Michigan STEM Partnership and MTAM to produce the STEM Careers Showcase. This program will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Sept. 7 in the TIM Detroit exhibition hall and will cater to students, parents and educators. The showcase will focus on increasing awareness about STEM careers, with a goal of increasing student STEM education participation and student pursuit of STEM careers. The event will also provide information to parents and educators about the opportunities available to students due to substantial business and industry demand for STEM talent; research shows that parents are extremely influential on students’ education and career choices, and teachers need to understand what employer needs are to prepare students for jobs.

One of the main features of the showcase will be a series of expert talks and panel discussions on topics such as how to find a STEM job in today’s marketplace; solving the STEM talent problem through diversity; and the importance of STEM to Michigan’s economy. In addition, the entire TIM Detroit exhibition will be open to participants, allowing them to explore booths from prominent STEM-focused companies like General Motors, Lear Corporation and Cisco. There will also be a designated “STEM Village” on the floor that will include interactive exhibits and STEM career information hosted by various organizations.

Support for STEM development at events like TIM Detroit is crucial. “Our educational institutions are suffering a lack of resources and teachers able to provide this training to today’s students, which puts our students at a disadvantage,” said Gary Farina, executive director of the Michigan STEM Partnership. “Therefore, we encourage, and will support, efforts designed to expose students to opportunities to explore these careers and to interact with industry professionals who can share their expertise and experiences.”

To find out more about the STEM Careers Showcase, visit the STEM page on the TIM Detroit website. To buy a ticket for the event, you can purchase a $10 exhibition ticket for Thursday, Sept. 7, or the $25 three-day pass if you’d like to come on other days as well. For more information about getting involved, reach out to MTAM at (248) 470-3257 or email info@GoMobileMichigan.org.