Student/Schools Showcase

Congratulations Carstens Elementary School on the Hockey STEM $2,500 Grant Award

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Congratulations Carstens!!

For more than 150 students and teachers from Detroit Public Schools Community District, today was their opportunity to take one last look at Joe Louis Arena before the Red Wings conclude their “Farewell Season at The Joe.” Many of the 5th-8th grade students from Carstens Elementary-Middle, Carleton Elementary, Mackenzie Elementary-Middle, Davison Elementary-Middle and Mark Twain Elementary schools were experiencing the iconic arena for the first time.

The students won an opportunity to visit Joe Louis Arena through the EverFi Future Goals program presented by the NHL, NHLPA and Detroit Red Wings. The educational fieldtrip afforded an opportunity for students to see real-life activation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts during the final full practice at Joe Louis Arena and hear from Detroit Red Wings staff regarding their STEM-related careers.

Capitalizing on a successful launch of the Future Goals STEM education program last season, the Detroit Red Wings partnered with Detroit Public Schools Community District to develop an incentive-based approach to engaging additional teachers and students throughout the city of Detroit. The program targeted middle school teachers interested in using the sport of hockey and the Detroit Red Wings brand to encourage increased interest from students in learning STEM concepts. To launch the program, middle school teachers were invited to a learning session at Joe Louis Arena earlier this season.

“The Future Goals program uniquely allows students to realize how STEM concepts intersect with the game of hockey – on and off the ice,” said Kevin Brown, Director of Community Relations & Detroit Red Wings Foundation. “For many students in Detroit and across Michigan, this program is their first opportunity to experience the intricacies and excitement of hockey.”

The morning began with an informational panel lead by Jim Biewer, Director of Event Marketing, and members of the Detroit Red Wings staff, including Al Sobotka, Building Operations Manager, and Sheldon Neuman, Director of Broadcasting and Chief Engineer. Sobotka, the Red Wings’ longtime Zamboni driver, provided an in-depth look into how the ice is developed and maintained at Joe Louis Arena. Meanwhile, Neuman expounded on how technology and math at Joe Louis Arena is used to prepare game presentations each night.

Following the panel presentation, Mrs. Wiley from Carstens Elementary-Middle School was honored with a $2,500 technology upgrade grant from the Detroit Red Wings and EverFi. Mrs. Wiley’s class won the grant for achieving the highest program completion percentage of all participating schools in Detroit this year.

DPSCD Students Decorate School Walls with Black History Art

While studying the abstract art and mixed media, the 8th Grade students at A. L. Holmes Academy of Blended Learning, under the guidance of Art Instructor James T. Porter, decided to mix a little media of their own this February.  Starting with a tribute to 44th President Barack Obama, the students prepared large canvases with splatter art, giving a nod to the techniques of well-known artists, such as Jackson Pollock, and then partnered with Mr. Porter to turn the paintings into portraits of people who inspire them, including Michelle Obama and Dr. King.

The portraits now hang outside the office of Principal Tammy Mitchell, who supported the project as a way for students to see not only people they are proud of but work they are proud of every day.

DPSCD STEM Students debut solar car frame at the NAIAS

Congratulations Alexia White, a senior at DSA, Tai Pearson, a senior at DSA, and Jahmal Goldman, a sophomore at Cass Tech!! They participated in the NAIAS (auto show) media preview press days where the solar car frame built and designed by the students was unveiled last week. The Lieutenant Governor was at the event and crawled under the car!


Detroit’s Students of “Heroes’ Alliance”
Unveiled Solar Car Project at NAIAS Press Event
Students from Heroes’ Alliance, a Detroit-based after school STEM enrichment program
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
General Michael A. Stone, Assistant Adjutant General for Installations, Michigan Army National Guard Heroes’ Alliance Detroit’s Anika Smith

Students, sponsors and supporters of Detroit-based Heroes’ Alliance unveiled a concept electric-solar vehicle developed by high school students during after-school programs Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Auto Show. The vehicle will be on display in Cobo throughout preview days of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the new AutoMobili-D section. Attendees will see the vehicle’s worldwide debut and be able to interact with Heroes’ Alliance students, staff and sponsors during the worldwide reveal.

Sponsors include General Motors, Alion Science and Technology, Macomb County, Michigan National Guard, the Michigan Defense Center, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army TARDEC, NextEnergy, Calstart, Odyssey Battery and Michigan Technological University.

About Heroes’ Alliance

Based on the national agenda for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education as a priority for American youth and a foundational component of every child’s educational experience, Heroes’ Alliance has created a platform to engage students, especially underrepresented minorities in the Metro-Detroit area, in STEM education through after-school enrichment. Our program works to recreate the tension of necessity that exists in the real world through project and product based learning with the understanding that the real goal of the learning should translate not in the grades received, but in the skills and knowledge acquired. This approach and emphasis will be the only means through which our nation will be able to significantly reduce the increasing skills gap. Our children must see learning as a bridge to knowledge, knowledge as a bridge to skills, and skills as a bridge that links our problems to our solutions. Through acquired knowledge and skills, we can create processes and products that resolve conflict and solve problems.

Senior Jaylen Bradley is going to Disney World for the Dreamers Academy

Senior Jaylen Bradley from Renaissance High School was chosen in the Steve Harvey/Disney Dreamers Academy for 2017. He won an all-expenses 4-day vacation to Disney World with a parent in March 2017!  He was one of the 100 students chosen out of thousands after an intensive application and selection process. Congratulations!!

Disney Dreamers Academy is a power-packed, 4-day event held annually at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida; students, ages 13-19, are inspired to dream big and get a jump-start on making those dreams come true! Students chosen to attend travel from every corner of the country to participate in a series of sessions and workshops held within the magical setting of Walt Disney World Resort, virtually turning the theme parks into vibrant classrooms where Dreamers can imagine bright futures, make exciting discoveries and learn how to put their goals into action.

Dreamers engage in a wide variety of experiences while working side by side with some of today’s top celebrities, community and industry leaders and dedicated Disney Cast members.