A downtown museum and corporate foundation are promoting the importance of women in science.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum this month began a partnership with the DTE Foundation for the museum’s Young Women in Science after-school program, which is for female students who attend middle schools within Grand Rapids Public Schools.
“Thank you to the DTE Foundation for supporting the museum’s efforts to share these opportunities with GRPS students,” said Dale Robertson, president and CEO, Grand Rapids Public Museum.
“In these after-school programs, students experience science in a hands-on way, led by local female professionals. We are extremely thankful to the DTE Foundation for the role they are playing within the community.”
There are four after-school groups who meet at the museum: Grand Rapids University Prep Academy, Westwood Middle School, Alger Middle School and Riverside Middle School.
Female students who attend each of those schools can attend a six-week session, where they have the opportunity to work with professional women working in STEM fields.
They will work on hydrogen-powered cars, solar and wind energy, electrochemistry, physics, engineering and more.
“The Young Women in Science program keeps middle school girls engaged with the sciences at a time in their educational journey where studies show they move away from STEM,” said Lynette Dowler, president, DTE Foundation. “We’re proud to support the next generation of engineers and scientists.”
The Young Women in Science after-school program is free and will end in May.