Cranbrook supports art education in Detroit Public Schools; enhances science curriculum

Children in Detroit are getting the chance to fall in love with art and science thanks to a partnership with Cranbrook Institute of Science, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit Public Schools.

In early March, Cranbrook educators visited Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Middle School for a classroom presentation including electricity and design.

Cranbrook enriches the lives of middle school students by visiting different Detroit Public School throughout the school year. The children experience everything from electricity experiments to anthropological artifacts. The curriculum is carefully chosen by teachers, administrators and Cranbrook leadership to complement existing DPS coursework. Dozens of DPS students have a chance to learn from Cranbrook multiple times per year.

Not only does Cranbrook visit Detroit Public Schools, but students are also brought to the Cranbrook campus for special programs at the Institute of Science and Art Museum, providing the opportunity to travel beyond Detroit and expand their minds culturally as well as academically.

“We like to think of this opportunity as one that enriches us both,” said Dr. Michael Stafford, Cranbrook Institute of Science director. “Our educators teach the children about electricity, geology, ocean cycles and more, and the children teach us about perseverance and the joy of learning.”

The program is made possible by a grant funded by Bosch Community Fund and reaches nearly every corner of Detroit. Other grants allow Cranbrook to provide similar outreach services in neighboring under-served school districts, including Flint, Pontiac and Southfield.

“Detroit Public Schools fully embraces the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and we recognize that the arts can play a critical role in students making connections between concepts, particularly in science,” said Alycia Meriweather, Executive Director of the Detroit Public Schools Office of Science. “Working in collaboration with Cranbrook to bring in creative, fun ways to learn about art, practice art, and combine that experience with hands-on science projects is an incredible learning opportunity.”
Meriweather says students and teachers are both appreciative of the arts-infused Science programming, as it provides a different way to learn when the program comes to the classroom or after a field trip to Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

“We are so thankful to Bosch for their consistent support of Detroit Public Schools, enabling our students to experience innovative learning experiences both on the Cranbrook campus and at our schools.”

Leaders at Cranbrook say they feel fortunate to have sources that provide funding to reach far beyond the boundaries of the Bloomfield Hills campus in support of individuals, families, groups and communities that may not have opportunities to visit on their own.

Nancy Swords, Cranbrook Institute of Science deputy director said, “There is much research around both social and academic impact on students participating in informal education. The Institute’s goal is to provide rich, meaningful experiences that help to level the education gap. Our goal is to provide all students the same exposure to authentic materials, experts, information and technology.”

About Cranbrook Institute of Science
Cranbrook Institute of Science, Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, is part of the world-renowned Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The museum is open Tuesdays- Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays noon-4 p.m. Regular admission is $13 for adults and $9.50 for
children 2-12 and senior citizens (65+); children under 2 and members are admitted free. Courtesy of MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission is free after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Other Fridays and all Saturdays after 5 p.m. admission is reduced to $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 2-12 and senior citizens; children under 2 and members are admitted free. For information about becoming a member of Cranbrook
Institute of Science, call (248) 645-3200 or visit http://science.cranbrook.edu.

About Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools is creating Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to
provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students. New this year, arts/music and sports leagues for boys and
girls are being offered at every elementary/middle school. Prekindergarten offerings have been expanded to 70 schools across the district for all qualified 4-year-olds. Twenty-one schools are now open as Community Schools, offering extended hours and services. Students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks and students in grades 6
and up have access to Netbooks in school. An outstanding Fine Arts program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance is also offered. Ongoing advantages include eight parent resource centers, Parent University and additional parenting programs, enhanced safety initiatives, a district-wide Customer Service focus, nine Detroit
Rising College Preparatory Schools and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2014, DPS graduates earned $138 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit www.detroitk12.org or call 313-240-4DPS.

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