Monster Jam drivers take 30 DPS STEM students under their wing for learning experience at Ford Field

Students from DPS’ all-girls Detroit International Academy and the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy met Monster Jam drivers, enjoyed exclusive access to Monster Jam Trucks

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Feld Motor Sports, Inc. offered Detroit Public Schools’ students a once in a lifetime and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Monster Jam on Friday, February 27 in connection with the district’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Thirty students from the all-girls Detroit International Academy and the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy met one-on-one with Monster Jam drivers for personal mechanic lessons.

The opportunity provided students educational access to the world’s largest recreational trucks from the world’s most popular Monster Truck series.

Students enjoyed an up close and personal event with the drivers, crews and trucks to learn how they are built and experienced the overall engineering behind the machines.

The trip to Ford Field is part of the Monster Jam Attendance Challenge, where Feld Motor Sports, Inc. partnered exclusively with DPS to help boost attendance rates district-wide. The challenge offered all students who attended school on Count Day,February 11, the chance to receive two free vouchers to attend one of the country’s largest Monster Jam shows at Ford Field on Saturday, February 28!

Monster Truck drivers met with 15 female students from Detroit International Academy and 15 male students from Frederick Douglass Academy who are members of their schools’ STEM and Robotics teams, and who have an interest in the automotive engineering and mechanics fields.

About the schools: Detroit International Academy for Young Women (DIA) is the only public all-girls Pre-K to 12 program in Michigan. DIA offers a college preparatory curriculum in a diverse setting that allows students to excel academically with an emphasis on mathematics, science, technology, engineering and leadership development. DIA has the only all-girls Robotics Team in the district and offers a technologically-rich environment with an abundance of 21st Century tools including SMARTBoards, projectors, computers, Netbooks, Student Response Systems and E-Readers. Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men provides a private school environment for young men in grades 6-12 in an urban setting. Frederick Douglass is the only tuition-free, all male college preparatory school in the state of Michigan. The school provides an atmosphere for young men to learn and grow and recently launched a new STEM Academy for 8th and 9th grade students.

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