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The sixth season of the Emmy Award winning WKAR-TV kid’s science show Curious Crew premieres Monday. The program explores ways of making science fun by taking a hands on approach to investigating principles of science, technology, engineering, and math also known as STEM. WKAR's Mary Ellen Pitney spoke with the show’s host Dr. Rob Stephenson, as well as senior producer Carol Yancho, and crew member Genesis.

Kayla Conner working in her lab
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A Michigan State University scientist is determined to increase the number of women and girls going into STEM fields. Kayla Conner is a microbiologist. She says she wouldn’t be the doctoral student she is today if it weren’t for her high school chemistry teacher, Ms. Hardin.

Nkrumah Grant
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He grew up in the public housing projects, dropped out of high school and spent time in juvenile detention. That’s how the story of evolutionary biologist and Michigan State University Ph.D. candidate Nkrumah Grant began. But he’ll be the first to tell you, where you started doesn’t have to dictate where you end up.

WKAR's Serving Up Science Closes 2019 MSU Science Festival

Apr 21, 2019
Serving Up Science, MSU Science Festival
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WKAR's podcast "Serving Up Science" taught dozens of people about the science behind taste. It was the final signature event of Michigan State University's seventh annual Science Festival.

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Laura Dillon is a professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University. Forbes recently wrote about the important work she is doing with the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Their research into the public and academic forces preventing women from participating more fully in technology based careers has been critical to both economically empowering women and filling open tech jobs.

University of Michigan Sign
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Boosting student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math classrooms is the aim of a federal grant going to the University of Michigan and other schools.


STEM education in mid-Michigan is getting an economic boost from one of the world’s foremost technology companies. 

MSU students in lab studying lettuce processing
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MSU lands $1 million NSF grant to educate students in fields including animal science, crop and soil sciences and other fields involving food production.

New MI podcast spotlights women in tech

Sep 14, 2015
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There’s been a lot of discussion lately about how to get girls interested in the STEM fields. One solution? Hearing the stories of women already doing great things in the tech world. Current State talks with the Michigan women who founded the new podcast "Diva Tech Talk", which aims to do just that.

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  Michigan State University is welcoming its incoming class this fall.  Students are beginning to move into dorms in anticipation of the start of the semester on Wednesday.

One college on campus is marking a historic moment.  For the first time, the MSU College of Engineering will have more than 1,000 female students...its highest such number to date.  

For generations, engineering was a primarily male-dominated field, and women were often openly discouraged from pursuing engineering careers.  

But that trend is steadily changing.