DPS students to learn about engineering during “Alternative Spring Break” College Program

Students from Michigan Technological University will visit DPS schools this week during an “Alternative Spring Break” College Program to engage students in learning about engineering.

Eight members of the Michigan Technological University student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) are returning to their hometown of Detroit this week to encourage Detroit Public Schools students to consider engineering as a future career.

The Michigan Tech students will spend their Spring Break visiting K-8 schools and one high school. They will also conduct Family Engineering Night events at several of the schools.

Family Engineering includes fun, hands-on activities for the whole family, such as “Mining for Chocolate,” “Brainsaver,” “Launcher,” and “Glue Is the Clue.”

The program, developed at Michigan Tech and recently released nationwide, is designed to excite and inspire young people and their families to consider careers in engineering and science.

Michigan Tech’s NSBE students will visit the following schools: 

Tuesday, March 6
–    8-11:30 am, Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy

–   12:30-3 pm, Spain K-8 School

–    6-8 pm, Family Engineering Night, Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy

Wednesday, March 7
–        12:30-3 pm, Davison Elementary-Middle School

Thursday, March 8
–        8-11:30 am, Henderson Academy

–        12:30-3 pm, Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School

–        6-8 pm, Family Engineering Night, Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School

Friday, March 9
–     8-11:30 am, Pershing High School

About DPS STEM Programs
Detroit Public Schools has a robust program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects to strengthen its overall academic curriculum. Instructional time in STEM subject areas has been increased, as well as increased access to STEM-related programs and initiatives. All students in grades 6-12 now have access to Netbook computers. In the fall of 2012, students will be allowed to take Netbooks home, providing Detroit families more access to technology. DPS also works with DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) at the secondary level (grades 6-12). Hundreds of DPS K-12 students participate in Robotics Programs/Competitions, Chess/Lego Leagues, Academic Games™, MSAT (Math, Science and Technology), and more.



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