DPS high schools to be celebrated at U of M-Detroit College of Engineering’s MEZ Banquet     

Students, family members, high school administrators, corporate sponsors and U-M College Of Engineering to be highlighted during the annual event

In collaboration with Detroit Public Schools and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) will host its annual end of year banquet on Thursday, May 12 at the Michigan Science Center.

The MEZ end of year banquet recognizes the teamwork, efforts, and achievements of University of Michigan’s student mentors, Detroit-area professional engineering mentors, Detroit high school teachers, and 250+ Detroit high school students from 18 high schools, participating in the MEZ program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Participating DPS high schools include:

  • Cass Technical High School
  • Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern
  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women
  • Detroit Institute of Technology High School at Cody
  • Detroit School of Arts
  • East English Village Preparatory Academy
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
  • Renaissance High School

Also joining this year’s event are 300 students, family members, teachers, corporate sponsors, high school administrators and the University Of Michigan College Of Engineering.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

6-9 p.m. 


Michigan Science Center

5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202


  • Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather
  • DPS students
  • DPS Office of Mathematics, Rita Barksdale
  • Members of the Detroit Lions Football Team

More about Michigan Engineering Zone

MEZ aims to encourage Detroit youth to pursue careers in engineering and technology by:

  • Exposing middle and high school students to science, engineering, and technology through challenging and exciting hands-on experiences;
  • Providing training and mentoring to students by utilizing U-M College of Engineering students and alumni, as well as local professional engineers;
  • Encouraging camaraderie and teamwork among students with similar educational goals and aspirations;
  • Creating tailored information sessions for students and their parents addressing college opportunities (emphasizing the pursuit of science and engineering degrees), financial aid and scholarships, and the college application process.

For the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) season, MEZ is home to more than 250 students and 36 teachers from 18 Detroit high schools. U-M would like to expand the programs to year-round and also accommodate 300+ students. Consequently, the University is seeking funding from community stakeholders to expand and sustain these programs.

For more information about the Michigan Engineering Zone or to learn about ways you or your organization can help contribute to the MEZ’s success, please contact Jeanne P. Murabito at murabito@umich.edu.


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