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Film Festival Shines Spotlight on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

Newton’s Road, a regional non-profit organization committed to increasing access to and appreciation of learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, is pleased to announce the Northern Michigan STEaM Film Festival. The event will be held on May 16th and May 18th and will feature five films with strong math, science, engineering, arts and technology themes. Though tickets are required, attendance is free of charge.

The film schedule is:


Hugo State Theatre 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16th
Apollo 13 Milliken Auditorium 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18th
October Sky Milliken Auditorium 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18th
Dolphin Tale Milliken Auditorium 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18th
Something the Lord Made Milliken Auditorium 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18th


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In addition to the screening of entertaining, informative and “imagination capturing” films, the event will shine a spotlight on local businesses who rely on a workforce with strong science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics skills. A variety of these businesses will be showcased at an exhibition on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Dennos Museum at Northwestern Michigan College. Families will have an opportunity to see innovative products and services of the exhibitors and the global nature of the industries in which they compete. Local high school students who have researched the participating companies will represent their company in a “trade show-like” format.

The exhibition will also feature Mr. Richard Lewis, a former employee of Parsons Manufacturing. He will present the heritage of innovation in the Traverse City area featuring the ground-breaking work of the Parsons Corporation in the field of Numerical Controlled (NC) Machining and the products they manufactured to support NASA’s Apollo program in the 1960s.

A number of scholarships for students and teachers will be awarded in conjunction with the Northern Michigan STEaM Film Festival. Scholarship applications will be available at the event for college-bound high school seniors and for teachers to receive STEM professional development training.

A drawing will be held to provide six scholarships for students who have completed 9th, 10th or 11th grades to attend Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program in Houghton, Michigan. Eligible students will complete and submit entry forms on Saturday, May 18th at the exhibition. The drawing will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium.

Newton’s Road is organizing the event in partnership with Flight Path Creative, The Land Information Access Association, The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and Michigan Technological University. Financial support has been provided by a diverse group of local businesses including: Century, World Magnetics, Bill Marsh, FIM Group, Northwestern Bank, RJG, RM Young, TranTek Automation, Schmuckal Oil Company, American Waste, Cone Drive, Fox Motors, Great Lakes Stainless, Microline, Munson Medical Center, Rehmann Group, Rock Management, Thompson Surgical, Tool North, Phillip Yancho DDS, Boride Engineered Abrasives, Traverse Bay Management, ReMax Bayshore Properties and Schweitzer Capital.

This event is free of charge, however, tickets are required for the films and will be distributed on a firstcome, first-served basis. Advance ticket locations include: Traverse City 7-11 Stores, Ferguson Enterprises, Horizon Books and the Dennos Museum. Families may have a maximum of 6 tickets. Tickets will also be available on the days of the event at the respective venues on an as-available basis.

No ticket is required for entry into the exhibition at the Dennos Museum.

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For more information about Newton’s Road, please contact Bill Myers at (231) 932-9478 Visit the website at

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