Detroit Public Schools Highlight Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Programs as the Auto Show Launches


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- Media are welcome to pursue these topics throughout the Auto Show. Upcoming: U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m. will tour robotics, chemistry, physics classrooms and labs at Cass Technical High School, and meet with students in STEM education from Cass, Davis Aerospace HS and Detroit International Academy

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DETROIT--Jan. 10, 2012: As the North American International Auto Show kicks off, Detroit Public Schools is highlighting its many Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs, including:

  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women has an all-girls competitive high school robotics team and Lego League for middle school.
  • Davis Aerospace Technical High School prepares students for higher education while developing technical skills for aviation careers. Three Davis students completed their solo flight in a Cessna aircraft and are working toward their private pilot's certificate.
  • Netbook computers are available for every student in grades K-12.
  • To increase AP mathematics courses, DPS students can accelerate through the mathematics program by completing 2-years of math courses in 1-school year. More than 100 students are in the Math, Science and Technology program at Martin Luther King Jr. High School.
  • Hundreds of DPS K-12 students in 30-plus schools participate in STEM-related programs such as the Chess League, Academic Games, and Robotics.
  • Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship has 38 STEM-field fellows from 4 universities under mentorship of DPS teachers at 14 schools.
  • DPS has an ongoing participation in "A World in Motion" (AWIM) for 3rd and 5th graders (an SAE competition that is sponsored by GM); in a national pilot site for the new K-2 program.
  • DPS partnered with the Engineering Society of Detroit and the DPS Foundation, allowing middle school students to participate in Future City, a competition promoting engineering and design skills as students create cities of the future.
  • $30,000 in mini-grants for DPS teachers through the Detroit Mathematics and Science Center for supplies, field trips, guest speakers, and materials for Science Fair projects.
  • Under Detroit Public Schools' five-year academic plan, instructional time in math (and reading) expanded to 90 minutes daily in K-8 and ninth graders receive double doses of Algebra I and English Language Arts courses.
  • DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program), which requires Science Fair participation, operates middle school-level programs in over 20 schools. The Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit had a record number of participants at the session.

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DPS offers educational advantages to students throughout its 130 schools, including expanded time for reading and mathematics, algebra for 8th graders, 9 different languages, Advanced Placement courses at every high school, Fine Arts programs with instrumental music, vocal music and dance, 10 new state-of-the-art school buildings or major renovations along with millions of dollars in school building improvements.

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