2018-02-08 / Front Page

Dow brings STEM to White Pine Middle School

By Cameron Kerkau


Volunteers from Dow were on site at White Pine Middle School to assist students learning the FUSE program. Volunteers from Dow were on site at White Pine Middle School to assist students learning the FUSE program. Dow and Saginaw Township Community Schools collaborated on Friday, Feb. 2 to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics to the students of White Pine Middle School. Dow volunteers were on site to assist students using the FUSE Studio, a computer program which offers challenges to students designed to introduce them to STEM concepts and skills.

“The Great Lakes Bay Region is a very rich STEM centered area. Many of our jobs are STEM focused,” said Terrie Robbie, STEM Coordinator for STCS.

The FUSE Studio had been implemented in after school programs at White Pine, but after receiving the Dow Promise Project Challenge Grant students will be able to use the program during the daytime.

“With FUSE, they can have fun and be engaged in learning science, technology, engineering and math,” said Re’Nisha Newton, site leader for the Dow Promise Program.


Volunteers from Dow help students at White Pine Middle School work with the FUSE program, teaching the students about STEM. 
Photos by Cameron Kerkau Volunteers from Dow help students at White Pine Middle School work with the FUSE program, teaching the students about STEM. Photos by Cameron Kerkau Newton explained that the Dow Promise Project Challenge Grant is an initiative of the African American Network at Dow, which aims to expose more students to STEM.

“We know that in the future we are going to see more opportunities in the technology and engineering field so we want to make sure that students that are close to the large Dow sites get that exposure,” said Newton.

According to Newton, students in diverse environments aren’t receiving a significant enough exposure to STEM topics.

“We’re seeing an increase in minorities at White Pine and other schools in the area, but we’re not seeing the numbers we’d like to see in terms of minorities that are actually exposed and go on to pursue career fields in STEM areas so we’re hoping that this will expose all students that are here, but particularly we do want to make sure that those minority students have that exposure,” said Newton.

According to Robbie, the FUSE Studio offers students the opportunity to explore an interest in STEM concepts that they otherwise might have missed out on.

“The FUSE Studio has all kinds of different challenges that help the kids do things with science and technology. It’s giving them little snippets of opportunity to explore different things. You never know what’s going to spark a middle schooler’s interest,” said Robbie.

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