Each year, Marian High School celebrates STEM Week with special projects or activities in science and math classes, in addition to hosting a STEM Career Night for Marian students and junior high school students.
In the Science Department, biology classes worked on terrariums; chemistry classes grew crystals, and physics classes made balloon cars. In the Math Department, Algebra I and II classes learned some computer programing with the Hour of Code; geometry classes designed roller coasters, and pre-calculus, trigonometry, and calculus classes sent Disney Princess dolls bungee jumping off the seats in the school auditorium.
The highlight of the week was STEM Career Night where the keynote speaker was Marian Class of 1999 valedictorian Alison Troy Tribble, MD. Dr. Tribble is Clinical Lecturer in pediatric infectious diseases and Medical Director of pediatric antimicrobial stewardship at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She graduated University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and a supplemental major in philosophy. Her medical degree is from Duke University School of Medicine with a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Tribble spoke to an audience of Marian students, junior high school students, their parents, and faculty and staff about the number of career opportunities in STEM, her educational path to her current position at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and STEM opportunities in the medical field. She also showed how many of her friends and family, all graduates of Marian, are working in various fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
STEM Career Night was designed to be a professional event mimicking a career fair with 28 break-out displays to visit. Many of the presenters were Marian alumnae and parents of alumnae and current students. STEM Week and Career Night activities are provided by a Michigan STEM Education Grant. Stephanie McRoberts, Marian science teacher, applied for the $7,500 grant which is provided through the Michigan Department of Education and managed by Central Michigan Science, Mathematics, Technology Center.
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