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13th Annual Automation Alley Awards Gala >> Awards Finalists >> Educational Program of the Year


The Henry | 300 Town Center Dr. | Dearborn, MI 48126 | Friday, September 13, 2013 | 6 - 11 p.m.

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Educational Program of the Year


Wayne State University GO-GIRL: Gaining Options - Girls Investigate Real Life
Location: Detroit

Summary: GO-GIRL was collaboratively developed by faculty from the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Wayne State University College of Education in response to the decline in interest and achievement in mathematics among girls and minority youth during middle school. GO-GIRL integrates mathematics with social science research methods in an all-girl, technology-rich environment. The program utilizes strategies proven to increase students’ participation and achievement in mathematics, including small collaborative group work and project-based curriculum related to the students’ interests and experiences. During the program, girls tour university research laboratories, learn how to access university library resources, meet informally with female researchers and participate in discussions related to career options. At the end of the program, teams make public presentations of their findings. 

GO-GIRL has increased girls' participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, helping to address the decline in STEM achievement in Southeast Michigan. Since 2002, GO-GIRL has served more than 800 seventh-grade girls and has been replicated at five sister institutions across the country. The program is offered at no cost to participants, and participants represent a wide range of communities and school districts. Girls in the winter 2013 class represented 57 different middle schools and 23 communities in the Detroit metropolitan area, reaching diverse populations.


Central Michigan University New Venture Competition 
Location: Mount Pleasant

Summary: Over the past three years, more than 250 aspiring entrepreneurs from Central Michigan University and Michigan Technological University participated in the CMU New Venture Competition. The New Venture Competition is a forum for identifying, nurturing and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs and their businesses. It provides early-stage, student-led startups with experience, guidance and a platform to launch their venture. 

The competition awards more than $65,000 in startup capital and in-kind services to get companies off the ground and running. The students learn startup skills, which enable them to differentiate themselves from others through experience and increase their chance of successful business creation. Each year, about 40 percent of the student participants are from Southeast Michigan and about 15 businesses are in operation locally as a result of the competition. 


PTAC of Schoolcraft College
Location: Livonia

Summary: The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of Schoolcraft College is a grant-funded co-op agreement program developed by the Defense Logistics Agency to generate employment and improve the general economic condition of Michigan by providing local companies with comprehensive assistance as they enter the government marketplace. PTAC of Schoolcraft College has satellite offices at Automation Alley and the A2Y Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber.

PTAC of Schoolcraft College has more than 700 active clients and offers a wide array of services, including one-to-one counseling, bid match service and government marketing strategies. PTAC of Schoolcraft College is a "one-stop shop" for businesses wishing to become suppliers in the government space, allowing for increased competition and for the government to receive better prices on goods and services. The program is also a means to support the military by providing suppliers with the best quality and fair pricing.


Click on these links for information on the other award finalists:

Technology Company of the Year | Entrepreneur of the Year | Member of the Year | Global Trader of the Year

The company information listed above is taken from the nomination forms provided for each company and may have been edited for length or clarity. Automation Alley is not responsible for the accuracy of the information.

Award recipients will be announced at the 13th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, September 13, 2013 at The Henry in Dearborn. Finalists must be present at the ceremony to accept an award. The price to attend is $175 per person for members and finalists and $200 per person for non-members.

For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or