Besser Museum to host last installment of STEAM Dec. 28

ALPENA –The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan introduced its STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics — program in September. The last of the six installments will be held 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 28.

Forensics themed, the discovery day encourages families and children of all ages to learn hands on how police and forensic scientists process a scene.

“The forensics theme will continue with a brand new crime scene for the families to process and solve,” Kat Tomaszewski, media and education outreach coordinator, said. “Kids and families will have a chance to work side by side with police officers from both the Alpena County Sheriff’s Department and the Alpena Police Department. These hands-on activities will promote the elements of STEAM and are adaptable for all ages.”

Tomaszewski said the economy will include nine million STEAM related jobs by 2022.

“As an art, history and science museum and as a central part of Alpena’s community, the Besser Museum is appropriately positioned to step up and fill the void in STEAM programming,” she said. “STEAM activities let everyone participate in multiple ways and allow learners to discover how science, technology, engineering, art and math come to together to effect every part of their lives.”

The Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant made the STEAM program possible and free.

“It is amazing to see young, inquisitive minds visiting the museum who are enthusiastic to learn,” Tomaszewski said. “We could not provide the community with these events without the generous support of the Alpena County Youth & Recreation Grant, our dedicated museum volunteers, and our enthusiastic community partners.”

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