CTE Students Build and Test 1965 Ford Daytona Coupe as Part STEM Learning Experience

After witnessing the dynamic Flying Classroom expeditions that were currently being executed in the district, the Office of Career and College Readiness decided to investigate how this could be aligned to CTE. Under the direction of Executive Director Marion McGhee, a CTE Car Build initiative was developed and implemented for the hands on curriculum related to the Automotive Service/Auto Collision DPSCD Career and Technical Education programs.

Last week, 50 DPSCD CTE students from CMA, East English Village, King, Osborn College Prep, Western, and West Side unveiled a 1965 Ford Daytona Coupe that they built from the ground up. The students put together more than 1,000 parts over the course of 18 weeks and under the direction of the Flying Classrooms “Experience Aviation” engineering team.

Ms. McGhee contacted the four Graphics programs in the CTE department and issued them a personal $50.00 design challenge of creating a DPSCD/CTE logo for the car.

Student Kevin Reeves, Senior from Cass Tech High School won the challenge and was awarded an additional $50.00 bonus from Ms. McGhee and an additional $100.00 form Varty and Associates one of the CTE support partners.

“Education in conjunction with technical skills training is the key to securing the advantage of employment in high skilled, high demand and high wage careers,” said Marion K. McGhee.

This Friday from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., DPSCD’s Fisher Magnet Upper Academy will host the Inaugural STEM Fest where students will display what they’ve learned this school year in their classrooms with the Flying Classroom curriculum. Additional CTE programs such as culinary, robotics, construction and cosmetology will present their skills to middle school students to show the vast offerings of DPSCD.

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