DPS students to participate in innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects this week through rollout of new Chevy Volt, launch of solar panel project at Cass Tech

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools students this week will benefit from the latest innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects as DPS participates in the rollout Tuesday of the first Chevrolet Volt, General Motors’ groundbreaking electric automobile, and on Thursday connects new solar panels to classrooms and laboratories at Cass Technical High School.

The events coincide with DPS’ renewed emphasis on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, including strengthening the academic curriculum, resurrecting its relationship with the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) and increasing student access to and participation in science fairs.

As part of that effort, DPS is working with DAPCEP at the high school level to provide student workshops and help teachers and students prepare for the 54th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, at Cobo Center March 16-20, 2011. DAPCEP already operates middle school-level programs in 27 schools. To increase participation, the district invited all students in grades 6-12 who to participate in “How to Enter and Present Your Best Science Fair Project,” an instructional workshop presented by the Detroit Public Library Business Science and Technology Department and the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, on November 20.

The school system boasts a number of innovative STEM-related programs, including an all-girls competitive robotics team for high school students and Lego League for middle school students at the Detroit International Academy; and a rigorous program at Davis Aerospace Technical High School to prepare students for higher education while developing technical skills to prepare students for a career in aviation. The district also has a growing partnership with the Detroit Science Center, which now operates the Detroit Children’s Museum that is owned by Detroit Public Schools. The partnership has included free school group field trips tied state MEAP testing objectives at the Science Center for Detroit Public Schools students and teachers and more.

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