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 WID-STEM Opportunity - Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Looking for Young Inventors - Deadline February 3!

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon shared some exciting news with us regarding a February taping! The program plans to feature young inventors during a segment and approached us for assistance in finding children for this national opportunity. Because we were developed by the Inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the fact that Camp Invention is a renowned leader in the field of children's education, they felt we are a great partner to help spread the word.

Who The Tonight Show is looking for:
An outgoing, energetic boy or girl aged 5-16 with a clever, fun, interesting invention who's willing to make a 1-2 minute video that showcases the inventor and invention.

What they need in the video submission:
A simple video (you can use a video camera or a smartphone) that features the following things:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Hometown
  • Invention Name
  • How he or she got the idea for the invention
  • A demonstration of how the invention works

How to send it:
Email the video (or a link, if it's easier to upload it to YouTube or Vimeo) to Camp Invention at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Make sure the email includes:

  • Inventor's name, age and hometown
  • Invention name
  • Parent/guardian name, phone number and email address

DEADLINE - Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by 4:00 PM EST.

Please note that we'll be getting lots of submissions from across the country and while we appreciate you taking the time to submit and will look at every submission we get, we won't be able to personally respond to all of them. There is no guarantee any child's submission to Camp Invention will be selected by The Tonight Show.

2013 - 2014 eCYBERMISSION - Accept The Challenge

eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades 6-9. Student teams of three or four find a problem in their community and try to solve it using the scientific method/inquiry or engineering design process with the help of an adult Team Advisor.  The program awards students at the state, regional and national level with the opportunity to win up to $5,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.
There are two areas of involvement:

There are three volunteer positions, Ambassador, CyberGuide or Virtual Judge. Volunteer work is done virtually. More Info.

Student involvement:
Team registration period is from Aug - Jan.
Teams conduct research and experiments from Aug - Feb. More Info.

If you have any questions, contact the Volunteer Program at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the local eCYBERMISSION POC, Mrs. Fonda Brown at 586-282-0763 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can also visit their website for more information at

WID-STEM Opportunity: 13 STEM-related Winter Break ( February 17 -21, 2104)  Camps for Kids at the Velocity Jr Building in Sterling Heights!!

Interested in tomorrow's inspired, well-prepared, tech-oriented workforce?

Thirteen fun, hands-on, innovative programs aimed at creating excitement for elementary and middle school students in engineering, computer science, robotics and more will be offered February 17-21, 2014 at Velocity Jr. (previously Rose Kidd Elementary) located at 38397 Gladstone in Sterling Heights.

Students from any community and any school district are eligible to participate! 

More Information!

3rd Annual West Point LEADS Workshop - January 10, 2014 - **FREE EVENT**

The 3rd Annual West Point Leadership Ethics & Diversity in STEM (LEADS) workshop is being held on January 10, 2014 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, 5th Floor, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Students will identify and confront leadership and ethical challenges, culminating with a final presentation. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. West Point faculty members and cadets and staff from the Army Research Laboratory will assist the teams throughout the day.
The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Dennis Archer, former Mayor of Detroit and Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

Schools are responsible for transportation and parking, otherwise the workshop and meals are FREE.

See invitation from West Point Society of Michigan President Tom Beierschmitt.

For more information see videos:
Leadership for New Generations Conference 
West Point LEADS
Register Now (Password: wpleregister2013)


Multimedia, Engineering & Mechatronics Trade Show, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 8:30 AM -10:00 AM
Utica Community Schools Center for Science & Industry
14201 Canal Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Senior high school students have designed, created and marketed a product for the benefit of armed services veterans. Please attend and share your input with the students at this unique educational experience!

For more information, contact Jill Rilley, CSI English & Lead Teacher at (586) 797-6803 or (586) 797-6803. Flyer attached.

WID-STEM Opportunity - Wayne State's *Free* GO-GIRL STEM Program Taking Applications - DUE December 7, 2013!
Wayne State University's GO-GIRL (Gaining Options-Girls Investigate Real Life) program, designed to help girls build confidence, capacity and career awareness in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines, is now accepting applications for the winter 2014 semester. The 10-week Saturday program, hosted by Wayne State's College of Education, kicks off Jan. 18, and culminates with graduation ceremonies on April 12. GO-GIRL is free and open to a limited number of seventh-grade females.

Applications for the Winter 2014 GO-GIRL program are now available. Applicants must submit an application with a personal statement and solicit a recommendation from a person that will support their application. Selections are based on the quality of the application and recommendation so applicants need to take the time to carefully and thoroughly complete the process by the December 7, 2013 deadline.

Since teamwork is a critical component of the program, participants must be able to commit to attending all sessions. Be sure to check out the GO-GIRL Winter 2014 Calendar on the GO-GIRL website before applying.

Applications and recommendation forms are available at

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

October 2013 Michigan "STEM & Me" poster and video contest The Michigan STEM Partnership invited all of Michigan's public and private school students to showcase their creative talent and their commitment to pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by participating in the 1st Annual Michigan "STEM & Me" Poster & Video Contest that begins October 4, 2013.

October 2013-Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)  Field Trip for High School Girls!!!
The Women In Defense - MI chapter is sponsoring a field trip for high school girls to visit the RAVE CAVE, a non-profit that promotes education, research & development and scientific discovery by immersing students in real-time, on-demand 3-dimensional environments. Students will also experience, with assistance from the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), how a 3D virtual environment can impact product design, development and manufacturing of vehicles, medical advancements and space exploration.These 3-D environments (often referred to as Modeling, Visualization and Simulation or MSV) have applications for careers in design engineering, aerospace engineering, human factors engineering, surgical operations, chemical modular simulations and space exploration. RAVE CAVE More Information. Students also had the opportunity to tour and speak with representatives from Wyle, a company that provides high tech services for the aerospace, life science and information systems industries. They will also learn about STEM-related careers in the defense industry and speak with successful female entrepreneurs. A working lunch allowed students to engage in roundtable discussions with female leaders in the defense industry in a small group setting and learn about interesting and useful applications for technology and science, discuss academic and career goals and hear real-life stories about women in the industry.

October 2013-The West Point Society of Michigan presents the West Point LEADS Workshop Leadership Ethics And Diversity in STEM
The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, the nation's oldest engineering school and premier leadership institution, is committed to promoting STEM disciplines and ethical decision making. The Keynote speaker for the Words of Wisdom and Final Competition was the Honorable Dennis W. Archer, former Mayor of Detroit and Michigan Supreme Court Justice. The Keynote Speaker for our Opening Ceremonies was Major General Ron Johnson, Retired Army Major General, Former NBA SVP and Managing Director of the Tennenbaum Institute and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology To achieve this goal, the award-winning West Point Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM, the West Point Black and Gold Leadership Forum Cadets and the Army Research Laboratory will conduct a Cadet-Led LEADS Workshop designed to engage students in learning.

October 2013-NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Applications were accepted for the NCWIT
Award for Aspirations in Computing, which honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and future plans. The National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) supports women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women.

Summer 2013 - STEM 2013 SUMMERBreak Camps
Interested in tomorrow's inspired, well-prepared, tech-oriented workforce? Over 23 fun, hands-on, innovative summer programs aimed at creating excitement for elementary and middle school students in engineering, computer science, robotics, electric racecars and more will be offered at Velocity Jr. this summer, (previously Rose Kidd Elementary) located at 38397 Gladstone in Sterling Heights. Students from any community and any school district are eligible to participate!

City of Sterling Heights, Utica Community Schools, Oakland University, Lawrence Technological University and MCC have developed Velocity Jr. STEM 2013 Summer Camps for kids grades K-9. Camps include Camp Invention, Roamer the Robot, Lego Spybotics, Lego NXT, Rock & Roll Robots, Alternative Energy, Crazy Chemworks and more. Please share the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives with your friends, families, employers and employees!

May 2013 - ESD Engineering SMArT Detroit Competition
Students will design an energy-efficient home and present their team project with an oral presentation, written essay and four architectural drawings.

March 20, 2013 - WID-STEM Opportunity
Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) sought nominations for their Outstanding High School Student Award. This award recognizes a graduating high school senior. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and plan on pursuing a career in the field of engineering or the life sciences.

March 15, 2013 - WID-STEM Opportunity
The Sterling Heights Community Foundation presented eight different scholarship opportunities for the 2013 Scholarship Program.

March 2013 - WID-STEM Opportunity
Explorathon 2013 – Cranbrook Middle School Career Exploration Program for GIRLS in Science, Technology & Mathematics. EXPLORATHON is a day of interactive workshops with female scientists, engineers, mathematicians and health professionals for students in grades 9-12. EXPLORATHON targets a diverse population from the tri-county area of metro Detroit. Participants represent over 40 different school districts.

March 2013 - Utica Community Schools Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program Advisory Board
UCS is looking for business professionals to advise and assist in the planning, development and evaluation of the CTE program so that the educational experience more closely reflects and prepares for the realities of the workplace. Advisory Committee Meeting on March 20, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

January 2013 - Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Future City Competition
Students envision a city in the future and, with the help of their teacher and mentors, build it using engineering and mathematical principles.

January 2013 - Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine Future Docs.
This is a no-cost program available to students interested in pursuing a medical career.  The program starts January 19 and runs thru June.  There are openings for about 15 students.

January 2013 - NAIAS 2013 Education Day
School groups of all ages are welcome to participate in the NAIAS 2013 Education Day on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Students will have the opportunity to participate in pre and post show lesson plans, brief tours hosted by experts in their fields of interest, hands-on activities, and attend fascinating career based resentations throughout the day. Participants enjoy a discounted school price of $12.00 per person which includes a lunch coupon for pizza, chips and soft drink.

January 2013 - Utica Community Schools Academic Blitz
On January 23, 2013 Women In Defense-STEM will participate in the Utica Community Schools Academic Blitz. WID will provide information regarding cool careers for girls in STEM-related fields.  The Academic Blitz is part of the UCS plan to serve students by identifying what programs and services will help them succeed in a global society. Parents of students in grades 6 through 10 will learn about specific options available in UCS and after graduation, choosing from more than 10 breakout sessions on such things as financial aid, advanced placement offerings, dual enrollment, advanced classes for sixth graders, special programs available to high school students, college opportunities for special education students and junior high school options in mathematics.


December 2012 - Roller Coaster Competition – Utica Community Schools
The Utica Community School Center for Science & Industry (CSI) recently kicked off a new cross-curricular project with 10th & 11th graders that requires the creation of a rollercoaster (including a 3D model!) conceptually based on a piece of literature that all group members have read (i.e. think Harry Potter rides @ Universal Studios in Florida).  WID volunteer were “potential roller coaster investors”.

December 2012 - Robotics, Engineering & Technology (RET) – Macomb Community College
This event is in conjunction with The Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, MISD, Lawrence Technological University, and supported by US Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Students hear from leading experts, see demonstrations of current robots and participate in a robot-building challenges.

November 2012 - 7th Annual Thanksgiving RoboParade - Macomb Community College
WID Past President Amy S. Courter, Major General, USAFX/CAP represented WID and WID-STEM by providing opening remarks at the 7th annual indoor robot Thanksgiving Parade organized by Lawrence Technological University (LTU) featured robot floats constructed and programmed by student participants. Attendees of the parade were able to see fully autonomous floats that followed a parade route while detecting other robots in front of them. The robot floats are programmed to stop and start without human help. The parade is designed to promote and support STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) and Computer Science for students in grades 5 - 12 and college students.

November 2012 - $2,500 Junior Horizon Award Scholarship Award
Utica Community Schools Center for Science & Industry student Margaret Mooney was presented the Women in Defense –MI Junior Horizon Award and a $2,500 scholarship at the WID Black Tie Gala held at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI. She is pursuing a career in biomedical engineering after being inspired on a field trip to Sterling Heights General Dynamics Land Systems.

November 2012 - Macomb County MISD Global Trade Mission
WID volunteered as a “investor” for Macomb County high school students who participated in an intensive, two-day, hands-on virtual learning experience that simulates an international trade mission and concludes on day three with students presenting professional business plans to their panel of "investors".

October 2012 - West Point Leadership & Ethics Conference – Detroit
Over 500 Detroit-area students from grades 6,8 & 11 participated as West Point cadets lead discussions on leadership, STEM, diversity, civility, communications & character. Robot building for 6th graders.

October 2012 – BAE Field Trip – Sterling Heights
BAE graciously provided breakfast, lunch and a tour of their new building and test track for 54 female high school students from L’Anse Creuse, Romeo and Utica Community Schools. Students had an opportunity to engage female BAE engineers and professionals in a networking roundtable.

June 9, 2012 – Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) at Oakland University
Out host again will be Jerry Lane and we are thrilled to do this again. This is a marvelous opportunity for the 8th–12th grade young ladies to see what an education in robotics engineering could be like. They will be able to see the facility, tour the course and as always meet some key women in this area.

April 4, 2012 – Explorathon
Marilyn Vala is our committee lead at this event, where she will provide a workshop for the hundreds of young ladies to attend. In 2010 we donated a book for the girls in careers in national security or cyber security. This year we will select another book to provide the young ladies. Please make any suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This giveaway will be funded by our GDLS grant.

March 2012 - Professional Outreach

This event will be approximately 20 professional women from both the defense and automotive industries. We will host 40 girls in their senior year of high school. It will be a speed networking for the students to ask the professionals about their education and careers. This level of connection is critical at the senior year just before the students confirm their majors at their future universities. This event will be funded by our GDLS grant.

February & March 2012 - STEM 2013 Mid-Winter & Spring Break Camps at Velocity Jr.
City of Sterling Heights, Utica Community Schools and MCC have developed Velocity Jr. STEM 2013 Mid-Winter Break & Spring Break Camps for kids grades K-9. Camps include Roamer the Robot, Lego Spybotics, Lego NXT, Rock & Roll Robots, Alternative Energy, Crazy Chemworks and more.