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4-H Grand Traverse County

Each year more than 200,000 young people, ages 5-19, explore through hands-on learning, different interests, and life skills that excite them through Michigan 4-H. Program areas in 4-H range from science and technology to clothing and textiles, animal science, leadership and so much more.

Agriscience/Natural Resources program- TBAISD Career Tech Center

This program prepares students for careers in the diverse Agriscience and Natural Resources career pathway. Explore Great Lakes ecology and gain hands-on experience. 

Allied Health program- TBAISD Career Tech Center

The purpose of the Allied Health I program is to introduce students to the knowledge and skills required for employment within the diverse health care field ranging from nursing skills, skills used by physical therapists, and those used in the hospital laboratory.

Antrim Conservation District

The Antrim Conservation District promotes the exploration and conservation of natural resources in Antrim County. Some STEM focused program offered are Water quality/ Soil Erosion, Forestry, Invasive Species Management, Natural Resource Education Program, and a Solid Waste and Recycling program. Make sure to check out their events page for some STEM learning geared towards conservation.

Auto Body Repair program- TBAISD Career Tech Center

Students develop technical competencies to complete the actual repair of an automobile and light truck bodies. Bodywork involves MIG welding, repairing damaged body panels, body panel replacement, and plastic filler applications. After completion of the bodywork, the repaired surfaces are refinished.

Automotive Technology program- TBAISD Career Tech Center

This is a two-year program covering: Basic Automotive Repair and Maintenance, Electrical, Engine Performance, Brakes, and Steering and Suspension. A student starts in their Junior year and completes the program in their senior year.

Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math is a non-profit aimed at making math fun for youth. It is non-school affiliated, which is essential to its mission, helping kids to love numbers so they can handle the math in real life. Every day,  Bedtime Math serves up a quick bite of wacky math just for fun.  Parents can sign up by email, through the website, or on the free app. Math becomes the cool thing to do after school.

Boardman River Nature Center

On the Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve, offering an interpretive gallery and rotating exhibits that change with the seasons, to increase understanding of the natural world. This is a great resource to explore the natural sciences and further STEM learning. Educational programming is also offered, such as scout programs, homeschool groups, and play groups. Discovery Packs are available for rent on Nature Center grounds, which include ten different nature themes.

Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provides education, life-long skills, and fun for youth. BSA promotes and integrates STEM learning. Browse the website to find camps, activities, and your local council, to connect with a unit.

Camp Hayowentha

Boys Camps and Girls Camps that strengthen the spirit, mind and body of youth grades K-11 in a safe, fun and challenging natural environment that develop self-confidence and an enduring commitment to others.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention is a non-profit that offers nationally acclaimed STEM summer programs, for grades K-6th. The program is led by local teachers and offered in the summer. Building innovators through hands-on problem solving, teamwork, and collaboration.

Career Exploring Program

Middle and high school students - Experience Exploring, a hands-on career exploration club for middle and high school students. There are currently two Exploring clubs in our area. The Career Exploring club focuses on a variety of STEM careers sectors and meets  at various local businesses one Saturday a month during the school year. The Atlas Space Exploring club focuses on aerospace careers. 

Central Michigan University- STEM

CMU Center of Excellence in STEM Education provides a variety of opportunities for K-12 students and families to engage in hands-on activities that demonstrate the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics and require collaboration and connection.

Cerulean Center

The Cerulean Center aims to expand knowledge of the Great Lakes ecosystem and use that knowledge to affect real change. They do so by open science, collaboration, and citizen involvement. Offering citizen science opportunities such as the Great Lakes Naturalist initiative and Bioblitz Program. These programs offer students a chance to collect scientific data that will be used in real life.

Challenge Island- Northwest Michigan

Challenge Island is a STEAM-focused organization that offers hands-on, exhilarating, and collaborative programming for kids ages 4-14+. Includes afterschool enrichment classes, in-school field trips, camps, parties, and much more.

Cisco Networking Academy Free Online Courses

Cisco Networking Academy free online courses and instructor-led curriculum.

CODE believes that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.  Computer Science classes, tutorials, and learning links for K-12 grade students.


An interactive science playground captivating a community of lifelong learners, with different activities each time. There is a small per-visit admission charge and unlimited visits membership option. In Beulah.

Construction Trades program- TBAISD Career Tech Center

Students achieve a wide variety of hands-on experiences, all related to the multi-faceted construction industry. Experiences will be acquired through proper use of technical vocabulary; interpretation and understanding of architectural drawings and blueprints.

Cool Tech Camp (TBAISD CTC)

A hands-on career exploration summer camp, at the Career-Tech Center. Students must currently be in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade to register for camp. Financial aid scholarships are available to students in need who submit an essay.