Women Rock Science Fundraiser and Gala Goes Virtual

This year’s Women Rock Science event will take place virtually on Oct. 7. The co-chairs and host committee of the event are photographed above sporting Women Rock Science T-Shirts. // Photograph courtesy of Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills is moving Women Rock Science — an annual fundraiser and gala that spotlights women in STEAM and supports the institute’s programming — online this year.

Taking place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, the virtual event will comprise of a 45-minute interactive video experience on STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math — at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. The video will include a science experiment demonstration by an educator with Cranbrook, segments on the institute’s STEAM outreach programming, and spotlights on event honorees. 

This year, the fundraiser and gala is honoring three women. Patti Poppe, the president and CEO of CMS and Consumers Energy, will receive the Outstanding Leader Award; Rahiel Housey-Johnson, a middle school teacher in Hamtramck Public Schools, will be given the Outstanding Educator Award; and Cathy Olkin, a Cranbrook Schools alumna who is now a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Texas, will receive the Rock Star Award. 

“…This virtual gala allows us to support PreK-12 education in this unpredictable global environment while recognizing significant women in STEAM,” says Michael D. Stafford, Ph.D., director of Cranbrook Institute of Science. “The Institute enhances the learning experience of nearly 34,000 students through outreach programs each year, and amid this pandemic, we are even more dedicated to ensuring students are actively learning.”

The institute aims to raise $200,000 through Women Rock Science to support its initiatives which include offering STEAM programming in pre-K-12 classrooms across metro Detroit, field trips to the institute, and a high school internship program with Flint Community Schools and the School District of the City of Pontiac. During the pandemic, these programs are being offered remotely.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the institute and are 100 percent tax-deductible. An attendee ticket for Women Rock Science is $100 and includes one virtual ticket and a digital activity kit. A $250 patron ticket includes the former as well as recognition in the event program. Those who register will receive a private link to log into the event.

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