The DPS Office of Mathematics Education hosted the 2015 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program July 20-August 7 at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School. This year the program educated third, fourth and fifth grade students on how to construct catapults!
The goal of SEEK is to increase students’ aptitude in math and science and pique their interest in pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career fields, by engaging them in interactive, team-based engineering projects.
During this FREE 3-week camp, nearly 40 collegiate engineering and/or mathematics students from various colleges and universities across the nation served as mentors and provided daily instruction to nearly 300 third through fifth grade students. The students learned basic and advanced mathematics and science concepts and engineering techniques by participating in real-world, rigorous lessons. The SEEK program utilizes a project-based, hands-on design curriculum developed by SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) and supported by A World in Motion (AWIM).
Campers worked collaboratively in teams, using their knowledge to solve problems and design products while discovering the underlying math and science principles involved in the process. These concepts support the newly adopted Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and related practices. Each week the campers took on and conquered a new project, culminating with a presentation and design competition that was well attended by parents, grandparents and siblings. It was a family affair!
In order to acknowledge the levels of mastery, the lively competitions were culminated with awards ceremonies that highlighted teams and individual students for their academic abilities to meet the rigorous standards of the program.
The SEEK Camp is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Detroit Public Schools Office of Mathematics led by Irene Nordé, Ph.D., Executive Director and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and is supported by the SAE International. The Office of Mathematics would like to acknowledge the following Detroit Public Schools that participated in the SEEK Camp: Academy of the Americas, A.L. Holmes, Ann Arbor Trail, Bates Academy, Bow, Brown Academy, Bunche, Burton International, Carleton, Chrysler, Cooke, Durfee, DIA, Dixon, Dossin, Earhart, Edison, FLICS, Garvey, Golightly, Greenfield Union, Harms, Henderson, Mackenzie, Marquette, Mark Twain, Marshall, Munger, Noble, Palmer Park Prep, Pasteur, Paul Robeson/Malcom X, Thirkell, Vernor, Wright and Young.
Although the 2015 SEEK Camp has ended, hundreds of DPS students are eagerly anticipating Detroit SEEK 2016!