Detroit Public Schools raising standards, participation in STEM areas; district invites students to Nov. 20 science fair workshop

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Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546

Detroit Public Schools is placing added emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects by strengthening the academic curriculum, resurrecting its relationship with the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) and increasing student access to and participation in science fairs.

“Science and math will continue to play critical roles in turning around Michigan’s economy and in helping the United States compete in the global economy,” said DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert C. Bobb. “DPS is strengthening academic rigor in these subjects to ensure our graduates are prepared.”

Bobb said he expects to see an increase in the number of schools and students participating in science fairs, and will ensure schools have funding to provide the necessary supplies.

DPS is also working with DAPCEP at the high school level to provide student workshops and help teachers and students prepare for the 54th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, at Cobo Center March 16-20, 2011. DAPCEP already operates middle school-level programs in 27 schools.

The district is working to increase participation in the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, and invites all students in grades 6-12 who are interested in participating to participate in “How to Enter and Present Your Best Science Fair Project,” an instructional workshop presented by the Detroit Public Library Business Science and Technology Department and the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit. The workshop will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday November 20, 2010 at the Main Library Friends Auditorium, 5201 Woodward Avenue.

The session features breakout sessions for students who are new to the fair and those who are not. For information or to RSVP for this free seminar, call (313) 481-1391 or visit

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