Office of Mathematics Education
Phone: (313) 873-0225
Fax: (313) 873-8588
Irene Nordé, Ph.D
Detroit Public Schools offers three advanced placement courses in mathematics i.e., two courses in calculus and one in statistics. AP courses in calculus consist of a full high school academic year of work and are comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek college credit, college placement or both from institutions of higher learning. The AP Program includes specifications for two calculus courses and the exam for each course. The two courses and the two corresponding exams are designated as Calculus AB and Calculus BC. The Advanced Placement Program offers a course description and exam in statistics to secondary school students who wish to complete studies equivalent to a one semester, introductory, non-calculus-based, college course in statistics.
Math and Science Fairs are opportunities for students, individually or as members of a team, to actually apply the skills they have learned in their study of mathematics and science. You could do a Math Fair as an individual classroom effort, but many schools have school-wide fairs. These are usually evening events, sometimes coinciding with Open House. The winners from the school events move forward to compete in the Science & Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit.
The FIRST Robotics Competition (grades 9 – 12) is often called the ultimate varsity sport of the mind. At its core, it is a mentoring program where high school students discover the merits of preparing themselves for higher education in technology and engineering while building a robot with the help of engineers.
Introduces younger students (grades 4 – 8) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.
Detroit Public Schools partners with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) by offering a hands-on educational program for middle/high school students called the Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) program. The TRAC program is made up of eight modules designed to help students understand the working world of transportation and interest them in transportation and civil engineering careers. This program uses real world applications and educational activities that are aligned to the Michigan standards. This is another opportunity for schools to partner with engineers. A popular feature of the program is a statewide design and bridge building contest for student teams in grades seven through 12. The annual competition provides students with an opportunity to design, build, present and load test a balsa wood bridge.
DAPCEP programming helps students to develop the motivation and awareness of skills necessary for academic achievement and successful careers. Student problem solving skills are developed with the use of technology, aiding in the supply of cognitive skills that any student needs as a basis for successful comprehension of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects.
The Little Engineer That Could, is a Saturday program that focuses on actively teaching and learning math, science, pre-engineering and reading. Parents are involved in weekly parent training sessions. Students and parents participate for five three-hour sessions during spring and fall (15 hours total). Participants are encouraged to remain in the DAPCEP program through Grade 12. Only kindergarten and first grade students and parents are admitted to the K-3 program.
The Center offers systems that provide students with academic enhancement opportunities. The goal of the Center is to increase the number of Mathematics and Science related opportunities available within the district and to promote equity among schools in terms of what is available to students across the region. Programs include Academic Games, Science Fairs, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), You Be the Chemist, Recycling Initiative, Multiplication Bee, and Project SEED. The Center also works with teachers directly to deliver materials and provide demonstration lessons, which service the students as well.
University of Michigan has partnered with the Detroit Public Schools to help the transition from high school Pre-Calculus to college Calculus by creating the Michigan Calculus Achievement Program. The program allows students to experience collegiate level expectations and experiences. Students engage college style lectures as well as actual college level exams.
The WSU Math Corps Summer Camp and WSU Math Corps High School Bridge Program are both six-week Mathematics enrichment and mentoring programs that bring Detroit middle and high school students together with college students and mathematicians to share in the teaching and learning of Mathematics in a university setting.