Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival

Institution: Michigan Technological University
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Why This Project Is Important 

For a second year, the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) is filled with family-friendly interactive and educational events for all ages. This four day festival is scheduled for August 3-6, 2016 and includes an art show, Engineering Day, Science Pub Crawl, Nerd/Teen Night, Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers, MSU Science Theatre a community STEM showcase and more! In order to make this all happen, we need your support!

Project Description 

Out of 100 Michigan 9th grade students, 73 will graduate from high school on time; 45 will enroll in post-secondary education within 12 months of graduation; 32 persist from their 1st year to their second year of college; and 18 will graduate with a degree within 6 years. So how do we change this fact?

The 2015 Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival attracted around 2,000 attendees of all ages; kids, parents and grandparents, as they experienced the WOW of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities, informative talks, stories and other fun events led by scientists, doctors, and engineers. Through interactive demonstrations we can bridge the growing “attraction gap” that students develop towards STEM fields. Informal STEM learning programs have proven a significant learning resource for hands-on, project-based learning that augments formal education experiences. To address this “attraction gap” the festival provided a breadth of high-impact, hands-on activities aimed at introducing participants to meaningful STEM applications used daily in local businesses.

We invited everyone to discover with us and the event attracted families from Michigan and 14 other states. Here are some highlights of what is planned for the 2016 festival:

  • Nerd Night - for teens
  • MSU Science Theatre
  • Science Cafe's - Science Crawl with area restaurants
  • Family Engineering Day
  • Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers at Kestner Park
  • Science in Sports & Health Expo
  • Art Show Exhibit


Visit the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival's website for a current schedule of activities.

This festival needs your support. Individual donations and business sponsorships are needed to celebrate science and engineering and bring a festival environment to family learning and fun.

Meet the Researcher

Amanda McConnon

Amanda McConnon is a U.P. native who attended Hancock High School and received a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University in Graphic Communications. Prior to starting at Michigan Tech in 2015, she worked as the Marketing Coordinator for a lifestyle shopping center in Middleton, WI where she created and lead all marketing, advertising, community events and public relations efforts. During that time she was an active Ambassador for the Middleton Chamber of Commerce and she continued her efforts in community growth and engagement when she moved back to the UP by serving on the steering committee for Keweenaw Young Professionals since 2013 and was a driving force in the creation of an Ambassador program for the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce in 2014.

In her current role as the Assistant Director, Center for Pre-College Outreach at Michigan Technological University she is responsible for assisting with K-12 outreach programs, coordinating and overseeing all marketing and social media along with special event planning. Programs include the Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs(, Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers(, and Michigan Tech GEAR UP.

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What Your Donation Can Help Us Do: 

  • Individual donations and business sponsorships are needed to help us bring the Keweenaw communities together to stimulate and sustain public interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by presenting the most compelling, exciting and educational festival in the Upper Peninsula.

$25+ 4 Funders

Thank-you email from the KSEF Planning Committee

$50+ 4 Funders

All of the above and a festival wristband

$100+ 3 Funders

All of the above and a festival t-shirt

$250+ 2 Funders

All of the above and an invitation to the opening reception

$1,000+ 1 Funder

All of the above, company logo on event website and onsite signage if secured by July 1, 2016 (company sponsor)

$2,500+ 0 Funders

All of the above and company logo included on printed event posters and flyers (if secured by July 1, 2016)

$5,000+ 0 Funders

All of the above if secured by July 15, 2016 and featured as a headline sponsor! Options include: Mind Trekkers Expo, Teen Night, Family Engineering Day, or Science Pub Crawl (available on first come basis)

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