More than one-thousand local middle and high school students will spend March 17th building bottle rockets, constructing hovercrafts, solving crimes and a lot more at the 34th annual Region 12 Science Olympiad tournament. The competition, presented by Grand Valley State University's Regional Math and Science Center is in its 34th year.

“They compete in anything from astronomy to towers, mission possible, and it’s to build their understanding of science in an extra-curricular way, in a competitive manner and they have a chance to win some awards.”

Local middle school students will have the opportunity to embrace the fields of science, technology, engineering and math during an upcoming event at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.  It’s an interactive “STEM” program hosted by The Association of Women in Science-West Michigan. 

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Governor Rick Snyder toured the Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC facility on Wednesday.

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Plans call for opening two new cybersecurity training centers in southeastern Michigan.

The Ann Arbor News and the Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell report the Michigan Cyber Range hubs are being set up by Pinckney Community High School and Wayne State University.

They're expected to be open this fall, joining several other sites.

The new hubs will offer the opportunity to complete certification courses in cybersecurity disciplines, such as computer forensics and network security.

The place where Boy Scouts in West Michigan gather is about to expand its walker facility and programs offered.

WGVU finds out why community leaders are making a multimillion dollar investment.

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and to country…”

This is what the future of scouting sounds like. And this is the voice of an old Boy Scout who hears them.

“Neighborhoods change around us. Purposes change. Society, culture and habits change, needs change.”

Governor Rick Snyder speaks with Muskegon Community College instructors and staff during a tour of campus skilled trades facilities.
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Muskegon Community College highlights results of a close to $7 million dollar investment in skilled trade equipment.

"It’s really a space where people can dream of anything, and then go ahead and make it."

David Stradal is the business department and entrepreneurial studies chair at Muskegon Community College. He’s sharing features of MCC’s future downtown campus, which will include rapid prototype machinery.

"So somebody could come in with an idea on a napkin and we’ll help them build it – or we’ll teach them how to use the equipment so they can build it." 

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West Michigan officials say robotics programs boost student engagement in engineering and science – as well as other skills.

Sarah Jespersen, Vered Heidenfeld and Ruby Taylor are sixth graders at C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy. And right now, they’re introducing Carl.

"He’s our FTC robot."

"He has four motors, one controlling each wheel." 

"And there’s two phones that talk to each other basically through WiFi direct, that tell him what to do basically. And it’s really cool because - I mean, they’re phones."

Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order to create a new education commission charged with analyzing top performing schools and recommending changes to the state's education system.

Snyder's office has announced the 25-member 21st Century Education Commission Monday, after mentioning the plan in his January State of the State Address.

Snyder is supposed to appoint members to the commission from education, business, government and nonprofit organizations.

Grand Valley State University will play host to the “Varsity sport for the mind” in a couple days. 

The 'For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology', or 'FIRST' Robotics District Competition will take place in the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus, March 24 through 26.  President Haas will provide opening remarks. 

“It’s kind of like rock concert, meets Sweet 16 basketball, meets NASCAR, all in one place and the excitement level is just incredible.”

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Michigan veterans would be eligible for grants to help them earn a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math under a new bipartisan bill in the state House.

If the bill becomes law, eligible veterans could receive up to $5,000 a year toward a STEM degree at a public university or community college in Michigan.