STEAM Programs

It is our mission to inspire the next generation of inventors and mobility makers. To that end, Ford has been at work over the past three decades creating vibrant, cutting-edge educational opportunities that change lives. These programs engage thousands of students who go on to make a big impact in their STEAM careers.

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    Career Communications Group

    Career Communications Group (CCG) was founded more than 40 years ago with a unique mission: To promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The people we reach provide top employers a unique opportunity to fulfill their mission of hiring America’s promising talent. CCG offers inspiring magazines such as US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, and Women of Color magazine; award-winning syndicated television programs and national conferences to reach hundreds of thousands of students and professionals who have a determination to succeed and the commitment to be personally responsible for that success. Their attitude of self-empowerment creates a unique hiring environment for companies and other organizations seeking top talent to diversify and strengthen their workforce.

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    DAPCEP Mobile App Challenge

    The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) motivates, educates and ignites students’ interest in STEM. The Mobile App Challenge is a six-week competition that empowers students to develop mobile apps for social impact while fostering innovation and career awareness. The challenge helps unveil exciting new possibilities for their futures.

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    Ford High School Science and Technology Program

    This is one of Ford's first STEAM programs, dating back to 1984, and offers high school students hands-on experiences from varied skill teams around the company. For more information and to sign up for an event, click here .

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    Michigan Council of Women in Technology

    This organization provides after-school clubs, summer camps and technology quests/challenges to increase the likelihood that young girls will be inspired to go into STEAM fields. Summer camps also focus on technology and exposure to web design, robotics, hands-on experiments and expos led by some of the area’s leading computer and information technology experts at Ford.

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    MIND Research Institute

    Ford has funded ST Math,® a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem-solving to engage, motivate and challenge PreK-8 students toward higher achievement. This has a big impact on schools, students and families in the Detroit region and throughout Michigan.

  • National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering

    National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

    NACME partners with more than 50 colleges and universities across the U.S. to support NACME Scholars from College-to-Career. NACME Partner Institutions graduate more than 30 percent of all U.S. underrepresented minority engineering students (URMs) and collaborates with global companies to provide scholarships for more than 1,300 NACME Scholars annually. We prepare NACME Scholars for the workforce through hands-on opportunities and exposure to the corporate world while in college. NACME serves as a catalyst to increase the proportion of African American, American Indian, and Latinx/Hispanic American young women and men in STEM careers. NACME inspires and encourages excellence in engineering education and career development toward achieving a diverse and dynamic American workforce. NACME makes it easy for companies to diversify their talent through the NACME Career Center.

  • Camp Invention®

    Camp Invention®

    Camp Invention is a summer day camp for grades K-6 held in more than 2,000 school districts throughout the country. Camp Invention is currently the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem-solving and the spirit of invention.

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation

    The Tech Museum of Innovation

    The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. The Tech’s mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone.

  • The STEMinista Project

    The STEMinista Project

    What can a girl do with STEM? (You know: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) She could cure a disease, or build a website or discover a new planet. She could create her own video game, design a new car seat for her little brother or create a brand - new nail polish color. She could make a new recipe for people with allergies or build a better airplane. Actually, a girl can do anything with STEM. The STEMinista Project is for girls in fourth through eighth grade, and offers special opportunities in STEM with girls in mind. We’ve got cool programs, special Michigan Science Center (MiSci) days, meet-and-greets with women who have interesting STEM jobs, and much more! Sign up to be a STEMinista today and you’ll get the The STEMinista Star – the newsletter that lets you know all the fun and exciting things STEMinistas can do at the Michigan Science Center and all around town.


    In 1986, SAE International created the SAE Foundation to encourage and increase student achievement and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We do this by securing funding to support SAE’s award-winning K-16 STEM programs, including A World In Motion® (AWIM) and the Collegiate Design SeriesTM (CDS). The SAE Foundation collaborates with organizations to engage STEM industry professionals in the classroom to help deliver SAE’s hands-on, highly effective programs. We’ve reached more than 5 million students worldwide and have engaged more than 30,000 STEM industry professionals as classroom volunteers. An award-winning program, AWIM provides classroom-based programming that trains teachers to deliver STEM content and teaches students to think critically and solve real-world problems through the Engineering Design Experience. CDS, SAE’s collegiate program, reaches 8,000 university students each year. Students go beyond textbook learning to build real vehicles, including vehicles such as Formula One race cars, and participate in competitions around the world.

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District

    Detroit Public Schools Community District

    The City of Detroit has collaborated with Detroit Public Schools Community District to reinvest in Career and Technical Education (CTE). As part of this effort, the city has asked Detroit’s philanthropic community to help expand CTE programming for both high school and adult students. Ford has provided grant funding for expansion of CTE and STEAM-based curricula at both A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center and Herman A. Breithaupt Career and Technical Center.



    Ford has been a longtime supporter of FIRST® teams in Michigan, and is steadily increasing support across the U.S. and worldwide to create more opportunities for FIRST participants and alumni.

    FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.

    FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st-century work-life skills. To apply for FIRST Robotics Competition team sponsorship, click here. To apply for FIRST LEGO® League or FIRST Tech Challenge sponsorship, click here.