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MESTA Earth and Space Sciences STEM Careers Day
Friday, November 11, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT REGISTRATION FOR THE CAREERS DAY HAS BEEN CLOSED DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE. THE FACILITY LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED.
Oakland Schools Education Services and Conference Center, Waterford, MI
Click here for directions and parking information
Target Audience: Students in grades 6 - 12.
Schedule of events
9:30 am - 2:00 pm - Interact with presenters in an arena-style format.
11:00 am & 12:15 pm (repeat sessions)
Keynote speaker Dr. Mark Salvatore will share his career experiences, from collecting rocks in Antarctica to working with the Mars Curiosity Rover.
1:00 pm - Drawing for several $100 teacher classroom mini-grants.
Careers to be featured (continuously updated)
Italic print indicates job shadow opportunity available
- environmental remediation and monitoring (Envirologic)
- remote sensing/ environmental research (Michigan Tech Research Institute)
- coal and nuclear energy (DTE)
- civil engineering (American Society of Civil Engineers - Michigan and MDOT)
- aquatic geochemistry (University of Michigan)
- Geographic Information Systems -GIS (NSF-ITEST GRACE Project) * special opportunity for students*
- severe weather forecasting and lightning detection networks (DTE)
- mining engineering (Michigan Basin Society)
- hydrology (Western Michigan University & the University of Michigan)
- volcanology (Grand Valley State University)
- geological applications of applied mathematics (University of Michigan)
- broadcast meteorology (CBS)
- planetary geology (University of Michigan - Dearborn)
- Michigan Natural Resources (Michigan Geological Survey)
- astronomy (University of Michigan - Dearborn)
- environmental quality (DEQ)
- petroleum geology (AIPG)
- seismology/geophysics (Michigan State University)
- quartermaster (naval navigator) and oceanographer (U.S. Navy)
- aggregate mining (Stoneco and the Detroit Salt Mine)
- park ranger (National Parks Service)
- landfills and recycling (Waste Management)
- women in the Earth Sciences (Women in the Earth Sciences)
- environmental consulting (SME)
- observatory technician (Wessling Observatory)
- gemology (Dearborn Jewelers)
- planetarium director (Eastern Michigan University)
- the National Weather Service is not attending but will offer a job shadow
Attending teachers please note below FAQs.
Students should bring their own lunches and drinks. There are a few vending machines and a small staff cafeteria, but due to its capacity, the cafeteria will not be open to students. We recommend that lunches be eaten on the bus.
Due to the large volume of people attending this event, you should expect that most of the time will be spent walking and standing. Students should be prepared to sit on the carpeted floor to listen to the keynote speaker, except for those with special needs.
Download and customize the Career Shadowing Application (below) in advance and run it off for your students, so they will have less information to fill out on site.
MESTA occasionally sponsors field trips (including tours and/or collecting opportunities), summer field conferences (providing professional development opportunities), and workshops (including lesson plans and materials) throughout the year.
Watch The Michigan Earth Scientist journal, the MESTA E-News, and this web page for news of upcoming events and activities.