STEM Camps

Science & Math Explorers Week

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. daily

Students currently in grades 2nd- 6th will have a chance to explore exciting topics in math, science and engineering in a day camp setting. The program includes a variety of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they have the opportunity to learn more about each topic. Students also have activity time, workshop time and guest speakers. Lunch and snacks are provided.

If you have questions, please call Carolyn Studley, e-STEM Camp Director, at (989) 399-2912 or email

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e-STEM Research Week

Research Week I

Monday, June 17 – Friday, 21, 2019 

Middle and high school students currently in 6th – 11th grade gain experiences that help them expand their knowledge of science and math while addressing real world issues. Each team of students works alongside Alma College faculty and students as they complete a mini project in a STEM discipline in laboratories on campus and in the field. The results of the projects are presented at the close of the week in a science fair type fashion.

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The Not-So-Great Lakes Camp (Research Week II) 

Sunday, June 16 – Thursday, June 27, 2019 (12 consecutive days)

High school students currently in grades 9th – 11th can apply for a two week research week experience in which they can also earn 3 college credits. This is a “learning in context” experience. Expect to study information, discuss it and go into the field to experience it in a hands on environment. This year’s camp is focused on water quality and the Great Lakes: What do we know about the Great Lakes, how have they changed over time and what threats exist now and in the future. Because this is a class for college credit there is less flexibility to leave for outside events. Students and families need to plan accordingly.

If you have questions, please call Carolyn Studley, e-STEM Camp Director, at (989) 399-2912 or email

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ASPIRE Program

Alma College’s math and science program provides a variety of research and leadership experiences for our students. The first chance you have to be a part of our strong science and math community is through our ASPIRE summer research experience! For one week you and other incoming Alma students will work alongside faculty, who will guide you through exciting research.

Applications are due April 30. Contact Victor Argueta with any questions.

e-STEM Cooperative Research Experience (CORE)

CORE is a program for K-12 teachers. There are different experiences for teachers to choose between.  The three different options offer a stipend, money for classrooms and SCECH hours.

CORE Option 1:  Technology 

Monday, June 24 – Friday, July 26, 2019  (no required class time the week of July 4)

K-12 teachers take technology tools and explore how to apply them in a classroom setting. This experience is completely on-line and designed for K-12 teachers using various levels of technology in the classroom. Activities include designing websites, researching tools to support math and science units and creating classroom-ready technology enhanced artifacts. This CORE experience is being taught by Jessie Store.

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CORE Option 2:  Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) and the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM).

Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 19, 2019

The first week is a workshop centered around AST framework and supporting teachers in making curricular and NGSS-related connections to phenomena-based teaching. The AST book is provided.

The second week is taking teachers through a hands-on experience featuring synthetic biology to reprogram living systems and solve real world problems (iGEM). With the combination of both of these weeks, K-12 teachers will have the tools and knowledge to implement these types of practices in their own classrooms, whatever level they teach.

This CORE experience is being co-taught by Brian Hancock and Devin Camenares.

While on campus all meals are provided and housing is available for teachers who wish to spend the night.

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CORE Option 3:  Forest Hill Nature Center Development

Monday, June 17-Thursday, July 18, 2019

Those teachers who have worked under David Clark in the past may continue to work on enhancing the educational opportunities for Forest Hill Nature Center. This is a four week program, It is highly recommended that teachers participating in this join the one week session taught by Brian Hancock. 

If you have questions, please call Carolyn Studley, e-STEM Camp Director, at (989) 399-2912 or email

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