Our Story

Newton’s Road is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to STEM-related learning for all youth in the 5 county region. Through these experiences and career exploration, we empower our young people to thrive in our community and beyond. NR logo

 

In Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse. Kalkaska and Leelanau counties: 

We connect students, parents and educators in our region to meaningful STEM experiences and programs. With the support of local businesses and organizations, we bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to life through real applications and exposure to STEM-related careers. 

We curate high quality STEM resources and experiences, maintaining a dynamic, searchable online STEM Hub for the Northwest Lower Michigan community. 

We enhance existing STEM education and bridge the gaps where funding and programming may not be available. We believe every student deserves the same opportunities to develop skills that will prepare them to thrive in our local and global economy. 

We inspire young minds and spark curiosity for learning that can last a lifetime. In our greater community, we strive to create a STEM culture, one that promotes and invests in creative problem solving and critical thinking skills, to prepare our youth for the careers of the next decades. 

We empower youth to compete and succeed in a world that is dramatically changing—how we work, communicate and operate in a global space—and the jobs of the future evolving. We believe that success can be fueled by STEM-based skills and broadened pathways to STEM careers. By engaging parents, educators, businesses and community leaders in the process, we are making meaningful connections between education, influential experiences and vibrant futures. 

We welcome all parents, educators and community leaders to join us in driving STEM learning, sparking “AHA!” moments and creating pathways to success! Together, we are building the future leaders. 

We can only accomplish this mission through the trusted support of our sponsors, donors, board, volunteers, and partners. Newton’s Road is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are grateful for your support!
 

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The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

But what does STEM really mean to you and your family, and why should you care about it?

STEM skills include figuring out how things work following the scientific method, and using geometry, algebra or calculus to model and design things. It means making (engineering) a solution to a business process or health issue, and programming (technology) something to perform a task. Just as important are the abilities to make things that are useful and usable, to work well in a diverse team of people, to think creatively about ways to solve a problem, and to share your ideas and results in a compelling way.

This is why we believe that facilitating experiences that incorporate STEM elements, creative thinking, and multiple forms of communication in structured and unstructured ways are important starting from a young age. Experiences that incorporate all of the above are often referred to as STEAM with the "A" standing for incorporating the Arts in support of STEM skills development.

Learn more on this topic here Feb/March FF Article

 

  • Industries are rapidly changing due to technology changes & Big Data, and we need to prepare our youth and community for success in this increasingly digital economy.

  • National Association of Manufacturing and Deloitte predict the U.S. will need to fill about 3.5 million jobs by 2025; yet as many as 2 million of those jobs may go unfilled.

  • While local program providers are increasingly addressing these needs, there is a clear consensus that our community would greatly benefit from a comprehensive STEM hub that nurtures a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem of opportunities.

  • Local businesses desire a pipeline of potential employees that have technical and 21st Century skills, and are already facing shortages. Newton’s Road engages businesses, educators and other nonprofits to support our youth in developing these skills to thrive in our local and global economy.

 

  • Advocating for STEM learning and educating our community

  • Reaching underserved populations in our region, emphasizing all children need the opportunity for success and a healthy livelihood

  • Engaging businesses, educators and other nonprofits to support our youth in developing these skills to thrive in our local and global economy

  • Driving STEM learning. Creating pathways to success. 

 

  • We align our efforts with state and national STEM research and initiatives to work efficiently, measure our success and reach every young learner.

  • We provide educational tools for parents and students to understand what STEM is and why it is important.

  • We research & collaborate to identify STEM-related skills that businesses need.

  • We work with educators and businesses to facilitate and promote clear pathways to regional STEM jobs. 

  • We create and track metrics that are meaningful indicators of our success.

  • We continue to assess needs among youth, parents, educators and business leaders in the Northwest Lower Michigan community to drive programming, support, and attention to areas of greatest need.

  • We maintain a dynamic, searchable online STEM Hub for the Northwest Lower Michigan community, connecting quality experiences and learning opportunities for ages preschool through 12th grade.

  • We multiply, amplify, support and promote existing STEM learning and career opportunities to families.

  • Leverage STEM Ecosystem best practices from elsewhere in Michigan and across the US to more quickly and effectively achieve our mission.