DPSCD Announced S.T.E.A.M.y Summer Learning Events

DPS STEAMy logo3Fun Summer program provides Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Focus

Alycia Meriweather, Interim Superintendent, for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), today announced the S.T.E.A.M.y Summer in DPSCD program. It is a broad community partnership to engage students in active learning programs this summer through a series of large-scale free, fun and engaging learning/back-to-school readiness events scheduled in August. The full schedule is attached, the first two events kick off on Saturday, August 6.

“We are extremely excited about our upcoming S.T.E.A.M.y Summer in DPSCD Back-to-School Readiness Campaign,” said Meriweather. “We know that too often, students tend to fall behind academically over the summer months when they are not actively engaged in learning. In education we call this the summer slide. But we are hoping this series of events, including another initiative we plan to unveil next week centered on Summer Reading, will help our students be more prepared to return to school ready to learn on the first day of school– September 6.”

The new district joined forces with The Michigan Science Center, The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland’s Office, the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center, Detroit Children’s Museum, HAP, the Detroit Health Department, the Ford Motor Company Fund and Office Depot to host and support the events. Each venue will have educational activities centered on a S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) theme.

“The Michigan Science Center inspires curious minds of all ages to discover and appreciate STEM,” said Michigan Science Center President and CEO Tonya Matthews. “We are excited to partner with DPSCD and offer free access to our hands-on experiences. This event is a great way for teachers and students alike to get ready for back to school.” The Michigan Science Center, thanks to support from the Ford Motor Company Fund, is hosting a Free Family Day on August 13, in which DPSCD families and prospective families will have early bird registration access to visit the Center and engage in STEAM activities.

Families will also have the opportunity to have their children immunized on August 13, as well as obtain free school supplies, while they last. All students in grades K-8 enrolled in a DPSCD school will receive a back pack provided my Mike Morse of the Mike Morse Law Firm.

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The DPSCD S.T.E.A.M.y Summer partners on Wednesday underscored their commitment to the new district’s Back-to-School Readiness effort.

“This shared notion that learning should be a year-round thing is what this partnership is all about,” said Councilman Gabe Leland, City of Detroit, who is supporting an event on Detroit’s West side at Brennan Pool. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with DPSCD and a number of business and philanthropy leaders to work with our young people to keep them mentality active in preparation for the upcoming school year. Our school age children and their families need more opportunities to participate in fun activities in a safe learning environment and this program accomplishes that goal.”

“Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans and the Wayne County Parks Division proudly support the Detroit Public Schools Community District Back-to-School Initiative. We are honored that our Wayne County Family Aquatic Center will serve as a learning environment and registration sight on Saturday, August 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We encourage families to come and join us” said David Cartwright, Deputy Director of Wayne County Parks Division.

HAP, a supporter of the district’s Volunteer Ambassador Program, also renewed its support.

“HAP is committed to helping our communities wherever we can and has been a long-time supporter of the Detroit Public Schools,” said Tom Spring, HAP’s director of wellness and community outreach. “HAP was founded in Detroit more than 50 years ago and has been headquartered here ever since. It’s our privilege to serve the children of the community that we, too, call home.”

“A good education is the cornerstone of a successful career, especially if it is built on a solid foundation of STEAM skills and innovative thinking,” said Yisel Cabrera, community relations manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford is happy to support programs such as S.T.E.A.M.y Summer that add an extra element of fun to the equation and help kids get excited about learning.”

“Our schools are the place where we grow our valuable resource – our future,” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director and Health Officer, Detroit Health Department. “We stand in solidarity with Detroit Public Schools Community District and its students to promote health and well-being as our students learn and grow.”

About the Detroit Public Schools Community District

The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the new public school district for the Detroit community. It was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills a few weeks ago. DPSCD has replaced the former Detroit Public Schools. It will maintain all 97 schools, as well as with its necessary support services, including transportation, school nutrition, special education, early childhood learning and much more. In addition, DPSCD will emerge with new and innovative academic programs and support, along with facility improvements and enhanced security. Most significantly, DPSCD emerges with virtually no past debt obligations.


Saturday, August 6th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This event is full. Thank you for your interest.
Saturday, August 6th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FAMILY FREE DAY and S.T.E.A.M. activities
Space is limited – first come, first served. Refreshments will be available.
Saturday, August 13th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ENROLLMENT FAIR AT THE MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER, supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund, 5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI 48202. This FAMILY FREE DAY will include immunizations and free school supplies, while they last, as well as shuttles from four locations throughout the city. Early bird registration for DPSCD/Prospective DPSCD families is at: www.mi-sci.org/dps/
Saturday, August 20th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FAMILY FREE DAY* / S.T.E.A.M. Activities
Space is limited – first come, first served.
Saturday, August 27th / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
DETROIT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. 6134 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
FAMILY FREE DAY* / S.T.E.A.M. Activities
Space is limited – first come, first served.
SAVE THE DATE: The District’s Special Enrollment Open House
Saturday, August 27th / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
All district schools will be open with activities and tours.

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