DPS dramatically expands student participation in regional science fair; 568 students from 69 schools to display projects

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546

Detroit Public Schools will have 568 students in grades six through 12 from 69 schools represented in the 54th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, which runs Wednesday through Friday at Cobo Center in Detroit. The fair is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

DPS participation at the high school level has risen 43 percent over last year, thanks to a renewed academic emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects and DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb’s challenge to district schools to increase student participation in science fairs and other STEM-related activities.

Under the five-year academic plan that went into effect last fall, DPS has strengthened its STEM curriculum and worked with the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) to help science teachers and students prepare for the fair. The district also worked with the regional science fair and the Detroit Public Library to offer student workshops on how to enter the science fair.

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation awarded a grant of $6,580 to cover the registration fees for DPS for students to participate in this year’s fair. The district provided additional support by purchasing the supplies for students to create and display their projects.

Students will set up their projects on Tuesday March 15, 2011, with judging taking place on Wednesday March 16. The fair will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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