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Marble roller coasters. Ferris wheels. An open art display. Handmade banners. A sweet-and-savory mystery foods challenge. Games.
 
All those activities were part of our seventh annual STEAM Challenge regional academic exhibition on Saturday, January 25, in Hesperia, Michigan. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The day's events, held at Hesperia Middle School and High School, exhibited the talents of more than 300 first- through eighth-graders from 14 schools in Lake, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana counties.
 
The students taking part in the STEAM Challenge were from TrueNorth’s out-of-school time programs Engage! in Hesperia;  REACH in White Cloud; and Project FOCUS  in Baldwin, Hart, Holton, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, and Walkerville.
 
Hesperia’s Engage! and White Cloud’s REACH programs are funded through grants from the Fremont Area Community Foundation. In Baldwin, Hart, Holton, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, and Walkerville, Project FOCUS is funded by federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants awarded through the Michigan Department of Education.

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