Why is STEM at home important?
Igniting a passion for STEM learning today will help to develop thinkers that are ready for tomorrow! Newton’s Road partners with parents, mentors, educators, and businesses across Northwest Lower Michigan to spark curiosity, connect every student to meaningful STEM experiences, and support STEM-ready futures.
STEM learning opportunities engage children in science, technology, engineering, and math in ways that encourage learning through hands-on problem solving, creativity, inquiry skills, critical thinking, and collaboration. The very skills and qualities that organizations of all kinds crave today!
Newton’s Road serves as a guide to ensure parents and educators have high-quality choices for young minds to explore in our community and beyond. Check out the resources our team has compiled for you and your family to enjoy exploring STEM together!
Our STEM Finder is a searchable hub with local and online STEM learning and career exploration opportunities. It covers the 5-county area and includes free and paid resources to keep your kids engaged with STEM.
Our Events calendar includes both in-person and online events in the 5-county area. As a member of the STEAM/Maker Alliance, we include a wide range of events that cover Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
STEM Kits give all families, youth leaders, and teachers free access to quality play-based activities designed to ignite the natural curiosity of children and grow their creative problem-solving abilities. Each kit contains a unique activity and teaches a different STEM skill.
There are kits available for all ages and abilities from pre-k to young adult.
The STEM Kits for the libraries are graciously funded by the LSTA/IMLS Grant (through the Library of Michigan), The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation, Inc., the Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club and the Elk Rapids Rotary Club.
Newton’s Road, in partnership with the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is working to ensure that all 20 libraries in our region have STEM Kits to lend (at no charge) to all library patrons.
Check out the map below to see which regional libraries currently have STEM Kits available to check out:
Staff Picks for Online STEM Resources
Our staff found quality science and STEM lessons that you can do at home anytime, so you don't have to do the research--just dive in!
Newton’s Road Northwest YouTube
Our YouTube page has STEM at Home videos with Northwest Michigan organizations that show interactive experiments and projects.
Through their award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs, digital platforms and educator professional development, the TGR Foundation offers underrepresented students in grades 6th through 12th, the resources and support needed to thrive in school and beyond.
STEAM Powered Family
STEAM Powered Family started in July 2015 as a way for the founder, Shelley, to continue with her passion for writing, science and children’s mental health. Shelley's site offers creative STEAM activities and resources for students in elementary and middle school. Shelley says, "We have some of the most innovative, creative and outstanding people in the world connecting through this site and it has been such a privilege to witness the dedication to our future generations".
Learn in Color
Learn in Color is an online educational platform for elementary-aged students, where parents and teachers can find creative and engaging learning materials to teach children topics in history, math, science, geography, and language arts.
Go Science Kids
Originally created to promote young girls to experiment and get involved with science, Go Science Kids is a website that offers various science activities broken down by age and activity! Go Science Kids offers activities for ages ranging from 1-2-year-olds to 12 -13-year-olds.