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Automation Alley is a proud supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education awareness and initiatives throughout the state of Michigan. As an organization whose mission is to grow the innovation cluster of Southeast Michigan, Automation Alley recognizes the importance of STEM education in inspiring and equipping a highly skilled technology workforce for generations to come.

Automation Alley facilitates dialogue on STEM-related issues among educational institutions, businesses and government entities in Southeast Michigan through the Automation Alley Technology Committee and through events such as the The Voice of Business: Understanding the Talent Needs of the Information Technology Sector, which brought educators, the workforce development system and IT industry representatives together to address the evolving needs of the IT workforce.

In 2012, Automation Alley, along with its partners in the Michigan education community, the U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), led an effort in Lansing to draw attention to the importance of STEM education in Michigan.

At the prompting of these organizations, a resolution to declare March 25-31, 2012 as Michigan STEM Awareness Week was proposed in the Michigan Senate by Sen. John Pappageorge (13th District, Troy) with the support of Sens. Jim Marleau (12th District, Lake Orion), Darwin Booher (35th District, Evart), Steve Bieda (9th District, Warren), Mike Nofs (19th District, Jackson), Mark Jansen (28th District, Gaines Township), Patrick Colbeck (7th District, Canton), Roger Kahn (32nd District, Saginaw) and Dave Hildenbrand (29th District, Grand Rapids).

The resolution was adopted by the Senate on Feb. 28, 2012. The resolution emphasizes the importance of STEM not only for the future of education in Michigan but also for the continued economic growth of the state and advancement of the workforce. To view the entire resolution, visit

In addition to highlighting the importance of STEM education, Automation Alley and its partners hope to use Michigan STEM Awareness Week to promote the work being done by educators to capture the imaginations of Michigan students and to support the advancement and growth of STEM participation across the state.

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