From developing the first double-helix model of DNA structure to the discovery of the light bulb, American scientists, researchers and engineers contributed to some of the largest, breakthroughs in history. In fact, demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals will increase 17 percent in the United States by 2020. Despite our country’s reputation for innovation, fewer students are choosing STEM fields due to a shortage of skilled teachers.
This summer Consumers Energy partnered with Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) to help promote STEM careers and provide guidance to high school students. Detroit area high school students arrived at Michigan State University (MSU) for a week-long summer program exploring:
- Fossil generation (coal and natural gas)
- Natural gas (compression, storage, transmission and distribution)
- Renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro)
“Not only did students have classroom time, but they also experienced college life through a campus tour, meals on campus and sleeping in dorms,” said Amanda Ward, Consumers Energy’s Assessment Planning Engineer and Women’s Engineering Network (WEN) member. On their last day, students visited the Ludington Pumped Storage plant and Lake Winds® Energy Park to meet energy industry professionals, ask questions and gain real-life understanding of their careers.
Did you know?
Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize and the first person in history to win two Nobel Prizes. She received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 for her radioactivity discoveries and a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 for discovering radium and plutonium. To-date, only three other people have succeeded in winning the Nobel Prize twice.