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Au Gres-Sims STEM Programming Featured in International Video Showcasing UL Innovative Education Award Winners
Au Gres-Sims STEM Programming Featured in International Video Showcasing UL Innovative Education Award Winners
Jeff Collier
Thursday, May 31, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE                                       

Au Gres-Sims STEM Programming Featured in International Video Showcasing UL Innovative Education Award Winners

May 21, 2018

AU GRES, MI – In partnership with the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) and Underwriters Laboratories’ Innovative Education Award (ULIEA), part of the Au Gres-Sims School District’s vibrant Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming has been featured in an international video release. 

As one of five organizational award recipients, the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative was awarded a $25,000 Community Foundation Grant for Northeast Michigan from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) partnership program with Underwriters Laboratories, and the UL Innovative Education Award.  The UL Innovative Education Award recognizes NEMIGLSI as a champion of environmental STEM and youth development, empowering our next generation of engineers, scientists, business leaders, researchers, and inventors.              

UL Innovative Education Award Description
According to the ULIEA website (, the UL Innovative Education award is a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to invest up to $250,000 annually in environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment.  They offer recognition awards to increase the impact of existing innovative non-profit programs that use the environment as a pathway to STEM learning.  Through the UL Innovative Education Award, UL invests in the critical work of non-profit organizations across the U.S. and Canada that are leading the way to inspire a passion for STEM education in young people through a focus on designing solutions to environmental problems.  The award program, designed in collaboration with NAEE, empowers the next generation of leaders to connect with the natural world, develop science-based sustainable solutions for local communities, and nurture a capacity for social responsibility.       

Au Gres-Sims Superintendent, Jeffrey Collier, stated, “Au Gres-Sims is a proud partner with NEMIGLSI and remains focused on building comprehensive and sustainable Place-based Education (PBE) STEM programming.  The Au Gres-Sims Science Department continues to create authentic, incredible experiential learning opportunities for students while advantageously harnessing the abundant natural resources throughout our community as extended classrooms for exploration and inquiry.”

The ULIEA winner videos
Short Video:   
Extended Cut Video:

About Au Gres-Sims School District Au Gres-Sims School District, a "Destination District," is located in Arenac County, Michigan.  The district is nestled on the sunrise side of Lake Huron and includes the Charity Islands.  There are roughly 27 miles of shoreline, which ranges from natural frontage and sugar sand beaches to residential property.  Au Gres is renowned for offering an incredible quality of life, abundant natural resources, and a rich cultural history.

Au Gres-Sims School District is proud to be known as a “public school with a private school feel” for its combined strength in academic achievement and entire preschool through twelfth grade school experiences.  Au Gres-Sims is a progressive district that is recognized statewide, as well as nationally, for consistently and proactively modeling best educational practices using data-driven research and advanced technology.  The district remains dedicated to creating a Culture of Learning that provides career and college resource opportunities for learners to gain advanced skill acquisition for an internationally competitive job market within a global economy.  To learn more about Au Gres-Sims School District, visit:

About Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative The Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) is a regional network of education and community partners working to promote quality place-based or community-based education opportunities in Northeast Michigan for the benefit of our youth, our community, and our environment.  The initiative operates and supports programming through three primary areas: Schools and Educator Support; Quality Professional Development; and Strong Community-School Partnerships.  To learn more about NEMIGLSI, visit:

About UL UL solves the safety, security, and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.  They empower trust and enable the safe adoption of innovation.  To do this, UL tests, inspects, audits, verifies claims, advises, and trains as well as provides software solutions.  Around the world, their employees share a common passion for a public mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people.  UL’s public charity, Underwriters Laboratories Inc., conducts independent research, community outreach, standards development and safety education.  To learn more about UL, visit:

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