Students Expand Horizons through Partnership with Cranbrook

Through a unique partnership—offered ONLY to Detroit Public Schools—nine DPS students took part in a project to create an original exhibit at Cranbrook Institute of Science using artifacts that support research and coursework.

Students from Henry Ford and Osborn MST high schools worked together to build an exhibit based on World History and Geography.

The theme is “DPS and the Treasures of Cranbrook Institute of Science.”

The students were challenged to select the objects, do background research, and create an exhibit that is aligned to the curriculum they are currently studying. They were given complete creative control over designing an exhibit using original artifacts.

The project began on May 24, 2012. After the exhibit is completed, a location will be selected for its installation within the City of Detroit.

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More than 600 Sixth Graders attend Detroit River Water Festival to learn about Natural Resources through Cranbrook Partnership

Also on May 24, more than 600 sixth-graders from Detroit Public Schools attended the Detroit River Water Festival to learn about our most precious natural resource – clean, fresh water.

Through a partnership with Cranbrook Institute of Science, students were educated on water quality. Event organizers hoped to inspire students to be great stewards of water resources such as the Detroit River.

Presentations included hands-on activities about water resource-related topics such as ecosystems, social studies, the geosphere and the hydrologic cycle. Students also learned the central role water and the Detroit River play in the region’s quality of life and the role they can play to protect it.

About the Detroit Public Schools and Cranbrook Institute of Science Partnership

Cranbrook Institute of Science and Detroit Public Schools announced in January a broad partnership to provide extraordinary, customized experiences in the natural sciences to DPS students, their families and faculty members. The intent of the collaboration is to transform science learning in DPS via a public school district partnering with a cultural institution to offer students in-depth, hands-on exposure to science and technology with an emphasis on core science concepts and their application to contemporary science issues. Experiences for DPS students have focused on direct contact with Institute collections (considered among the country’s finest private collections and boasting more than 250,000 objects and specimens), opportunities for creating exhibitions for installation in DPS school buildings, and core science education based on the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.  A significant series of evaluation tools will be used to measure the impact and outcome of the partnership. The new partnership has offered thousands of Detroit Public Schools students the following:

  • Fully-funded field trips to the nationally-regarded Cranbrook Institute of Science
  • Opportunities for teacher professional development in science
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science memberships for Detroit families year-round available through schools
  • Free transportation and access to the Institute during a “Detroit Family Day” slated for early June
  • Family outreach programs offered at several schools to encourage family participation in science learning


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