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Grand Rapids Public Museum, DTE Foundation Partner Once Again to Support Young Women in Science Programs

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today that it is partnering again with the DTE Foundation for the Young Women in Science programs, offered as an after-school program to Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) female students.

During Spring of 2019, GRPS Middle School female students will have a special opportunity to work with local women STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professionals. During this after-school program, students will work with Hydrogen powered cars, solar and wind energy, electrochemistry, physics and engineering, and more. Young Women in Science is offered for free to participants and takes place during a six-week session at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, once again sponsored by the DTE Foundation.

“Thank you to the DTE Foundation for supporting the Museum’s efforts to share these opportunities with GRPS students,” said Dale Robertson, President & CEO of the 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.”

The program reinforces grade-level science standards and laboratory skills with an emphasis on renewable energy. A portion of the program focuses on reflection and dialogue to improve students’ attitudes toward science and engineering by strengthening self-confidence and introducing career possibilities.

”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, DTE Foundation president. “We’re proud to support the next generation of engineers and scientists.”

The participating Grand Rapids Public Schools include Grand Rapids University Prep Academy, Westwood Middle School, Alger Middle School, and Riverside Middle School.

About the DTE Foundation
The DTE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. In 2018, the DTE Foundation provided nearly 300 grants to nonprofits across the states doing critical work in areas including arts and culture, education and employment, economic progress, basic human needs, community transformation and the environment. Learn more at DTEFoundation.com.

About the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting The Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit grpm.org.