Through a unique partnership—offered ONLY to Detroit Public Schools— Cranbrook Institute of Science closed its doors to the public on June 9, 2012 and opened only for Cranbrook/DPS Partner school students and their families during DPS Family Day.
Sixteen schools were selected as partner schools to attend the event with their families.
About the Detroit Public Schools and Cranbrook Institute of Science Partnership
Cranbrook Institute of Science and Detroit Public Schools announced in January a broad partnership to provide extraordinary, customized experiences in the natural sciences to DPS students, their families and faculty members. The intent of the collaboration is to transform science learning in DPS via a public school district partnering with a cultural institution to offer students in-depth, hands-on exposure to science and technology with an emphasis on core science concepts and their application to contemporary science issues. Experiences for DPS students have focused on direct contact with Institute collections (considered among the country’s finest private collections and boasting more than 250,000 objects and specimens), opportunities for creating exhibitions for installation in DPS school buildings, and core science education based on the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. A significant series of evaluation tools will be used to measure the impact and outcome of the partnership. The new partnership has offered thousands of Detroit Public Schools students the following:
- Fully-funded field trips to the nationally-regarded Cranbrook Institute of Science
- Opportunities for teacher professional development in science
- Cranbrook Institute of Science memberships for Detroit families year-round available through schools
- Free transportation and access to the Institute during the “Detroit Public Schools Family Day” June 9
- Family outreach programs offered at several schools to encourage family participation in science learning