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A.H. Nickless Innovation Award

The goal of the competition is to inspire passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) among high school students in the Great Lakes Bay Region in order to promote personal development, educational advancement and economic growth.

Chemistry Olympiad

Each year, the ACS USNCO Exams Task Force designs a USNCO Local Section Exam that coordinators can order and distribute among high schools. Local Section Exams can be administered in a classroom environment by high school teachers or at one location (i.e. local university for all students). Local Sections can also design their own exams or use other methods to carry on local competitions, such as Science Bowls, teacher recommendations, or science fairs.


CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

First Robotics State Competition

We at Saginaw Valley State University congratulate all the FIRST Robotics programs throughout Michigan who have qualified for the state championships. We look forward to hosting you on our welcoming, suburban campus in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region.

Math Counts

The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to U.S. middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.

Math Olympics

This annual event, hosted by the Department of Mathematics and SVSU's Undergraduate Admissions office, generally attracts 500 to 700 area middle school and high school students from 15 to 25 area schools.

Michigan Regional Science Bowl

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

Orion's Quest

Orion’s Quest is an internet delivered program for upper elementary, middle and high school students that seeks to reach the “Next Generation of Explorers”. Orion’s Quest (OQ) missions allow students to participate in ongoing space-based research. Live missions (those currently in space) usually take place during a single semester while virtual missions (previously conducted in space) are available online throughout the school year. Students participate in NASA research through analysis of photo or video data from current experiments being conducted by a NASA scientist. Student data will be reviewed and, if appropriate, included in the research databases.

For a case studies by teachers who have used missions in their classrooms and to see missions, view: Orions Quest 2019 (1,171KB)

To apply, go to, or contact Tom Drummond at (734) 546-0556, or email

STEM Pipeline

The STEM Pipeline is a comprehensive STEM Website for the Great Lakes Bay Region/Prosperity Region 5 (Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties). The STEM Impact Initiative Study recommended that we need to build a STEM Talent Pipeline for the Great Lakes Bay Region. Click here to learn more about the GLBR STEM Impact Initiative.

Visit Campus

The world is changing, and the Great Lakes Bay Region is a part of it. There is an increasing focus on skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Roughly 38 percent of the region's economy is dependent on manufacturing or healthcare. Together with several regional partners, SVSU seeks to make the Great Lakes Bay Region one of STEM excellence through education, research, and innovation.

You Be The Chemist

The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for a variety of individuals and organizations—including schools, members of the chemical industry, educators, and other community partners—to come together and show their support for STEM education.

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Adrianne Cole


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