in Defense
Michigan Chapter


Thursday, March 14, 2019
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Metro Beach, Lake St. Clair Metro Park
31300 Metro Pkwy.
Harrison Twp., MI 48045
Pi Day
Women in Defense invites Michigan high school students to attend the Defense STEM trailer day where students will have the opportunity to talk to inspiring men and women with careers in:

Military Logos

Industry partners who design, engineer and manufacture materials that keep our soldiers safe and provide equipment needed for routine tasks will also be onsite to provide career advice.


WID-MI STEM program is gearing up for our annual high-school STEM event held on Pi Day, March 14, 2019!

This year, we have planned a unique and exciting U.S. Defense STEM trailer day at Metro Beach in Macomb County. Each branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) will be represented, bringing their STEAM or education trailer. It is certain to be a memorable and engaging day for all students that attend.

After all, it is a fact that currently there is a technical and skilled trades worker shortage in Michigan and throughout our nation. Further, most high school, college, and university students admit that they don't know what they want to do or how to pursue their career path. WID-MI would like to help change this by offering the full life cycle of career education by inspiring students, presenting ideas, demonstrating skills needed for jobs, and offering the opportunity to talk to schools which offer curriculums needed for their career. For this reason, during our innovative STEM event, students will have the opportunity to speak to inspiring men and women with careers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Cost Guard, and National Guard.

Students will also have the chance to meet with industry partners who design, engineer, and manufacture the materials that keep our soldiers safe and provide equipment needed for routine tasks.

Through your participation, we would like to encourage the high-school students to think outside of strictly civilian career paths and tangibly grasp what the US Defense industry has to offer in terms of service, leadership, and adventures that they never dreamed of.

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Time estimate: 4 hours; AM group
  • Buses park and students unload from bus area to trailer exhibit
  • School attendee check in - 15 minutes
  • Welcome Presentation - 10 minutes
  • 8:30am - Breakout to trailer exhibits and industry booths - 3.5 hours estimating 20 minutes at each exhibit: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, DIA, indoor exhibits. (The idea is to estimate the time to work through each STEAM trailer and rotate as many schools as possible through each exhibit. A more concrete time will be worked out as we confirm attendees.)
  • Closing remarks
  • Students load onto buses and depart
Confirmed Attendees (as of Feb. 2, 2019):
  • Students, teachers, exhibitors, volunteers
  • Schools ~ 140 students as follows:
    • Parkway Christian
    • Chippewa Valley
    • Clear Preparation Center
    • Lakeview High School
Confirmed Booths and Trailers:
  • Trailer: Air Force Education Trailer
  • Trailer: Army Female Engagement Team with their interactive trailer
  • Trailer: 339th Air Force Recruiting Squadron – STEM activities
  • Booth: ROTC
  • Booth: Selfridge 127th Force Support Squadron
  • Booth: Air Force Association
  • Boat: Coast Guard – weather permitting, bringing the Coast Guard boat
Event Co-chairs:
  • Julie Lanivich, STEM Director, Pi Day Co-chair
  • Jeanne Schabath, Pi Day Co-chair


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