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Digital Divas
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Eastern Michigan University is kicking off its annual Digital Divas conference today.  There’s something different about it this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Eastern Michigan University is hosting its inaugural "Digital Dudes" STEM conference on Friday.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.

Focus On EMU: Digital Divas

Oct 26, 2019
Digital Divas

Only 26% of STEM workers are women, and in response, the "Digital Divas" were born.  Now the program is trying to reach High School and Middle School aged girls in order to better prepare young women for careers in STEM.  Host Patrick Campion sits down with Program Director Bia Hamed and two volunteers from Ford Labs & TD Ameritrade on this week's episode of "Focus On EMU."

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Eastern Michigan University's "Digital Divas" event returns to the EMU campus Friday, 04/12/2019.  Patrick Campion sat down with Bia Hamed, event coordinator, to talk about the history of the event, its impacts on our community, and why EMU and its partners believe this work is so important.  

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The third and final construction phase of Eastern Michigan University's science complex has been completed, and a dedication ceremony was held Thursday afternoon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.  

Eastern Michigan University

For the past eight years, Eastern Michigan University has been working with girls in Metro Detroit to spark interest in the STEM field. 


While Toyota is among the automakers displaying its new and future vehicles at the Detroit International Auto Show this week, its presence continues to be felt in Washtenaw County.  The car company is a major employer and is investing in area students and cultural organizations.  That's the focus of our "creative:impact" conversation with Toyota North American Community Relations Consultant, Praveena Ramaswami. 

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Eastern Michigan University is giving girls a chance Friday to learn more about careers in the tech sector and other fields they may not have been considering.

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Hundreds of grade school students are gathered on Eastern Michigan University's campus today, learning about mathematics and show what they already know through competition. 

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Eastern Michigan University is receiving $200,000 to help renovate some its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, facilities.

EMU Stem
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Eastern Michigan University and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum have formed a new collaborative initiative in an effort to take STEM education into the community:

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Eastern Michigan University held an ice cream social to welcome its 23rd president, James Smith.

Eastern Michigan University

To help spark interest among girls in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Eastern Michigan University will host a conference on April 22nd called "Digital Divas."


Robotics Students
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A major high school robotics competition is taking place today and tomorrow in Ann Arbor. 

Eastern Michigan University

300 middle school girls from all over Michigan participated in a conference called "Digital Divas" Friday at Eastern Michigan University.

  The event was created to get more girls interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math also known as STEM.  Right now, women make-up only 24% of that workforce.

  EMU College of Technology professor and co-chair of the event, Dr. Susan Gregory, says that traditionally, girls have been discouraged from the STEM field. 

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400 students from a dozen schools came to Eastern Michigan University's campus last Thursday for the second annual "Math facts challenge"  sponsored by the EMU Charter schools office.  


The workshop is geared to motivate girls to strive for excellence in male-dominated fields.

Huron River Watershed Council

The Huron River Watershed Council's effort to go into classrooms and teach kids about their environment has gotten a boost from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation.  A $250,000 grant will help fund an ongoing program that promotes hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering and math skills.

Jason Frenzel is volunteer and stewardship coordinator for the Huron River Watershed Council

General Motors has announced it will be donating $900,000 over the next three years to Eastern Michigan Uuniversity's Project Lead the Way program - a national program that encourages U.S. middle and high schools to teach STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math curriculum materials, and the development of engineering and biomedical programs for their students.  

Professor John Dugger is the director of EMU's Project Lead The Way affiliate program. He says the program continues to grow, and EMU has helped train many of its teachers.

Dugger says the program contributes in other ways; holding annual conferences and acting as a recruiter and advisor for schools interested in the teaching STEM material.