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    Detroit Public Schools highlights the district’s many Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs during U.S. Secretary of Energy’s visit, Auto Show

     
    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured Detroit Public Schools’ Cass Technical High School and met with students involved in STEM education programs from Cass Tech, Davis Aerospace High School and Detroit International Academy for Young Women Wednesday during a visit to Detroit.

    Secretary Chu was in town to highlight the Obama Administration’s support for the American automobile industry and the role investing in innovation will play in keeping U.S. workers and companies competitive. Last year, after seven straight years of decline, American auto manufacturers rebounded thanks in part to support from the Administration. He also toured the North American International Auto Show.

    “I feel like we're really doing big things here,” said Kyra Johnson, 18, of Cass Technical High School. “DPS overall, but particularly Cass Tech. The fact that our school was selected for this visit is great. We have lots of opportunities here for students, and this is just another one of those great things that's happening at Cass.” Kyra plans to study Communications and Advertising at Bowling Green State University in the fall. (Pictured with Secretary Chu and Emergency Manager Roy Roberts in attached photo.)

    “It was so awesome to hear from someone who is so well accomplished,” said James Murray, 18, of Davis Aerospace Technical High School. “Even though he is the Secretary of Energy, he cares about my education. As a student, it's nice to know someone in a political office cares about students.”

    During the Secretary’s visit and in conjunction with the launch of the Auto Show, Detroit Public Schools is highlighting the district’s many Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs:
    • DPS 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 for Young Women.
    • The rigorous program at Davis Aerospace Technical High School prepares students for higher education while developing technical skills to prepare students for a career in aviation. Three Davis students completed their solo flight in a Cessna aircraft and are now working on earning hours towards their private pilots certificate.
    • In an effort to increase the number of AP mathematics courses, DPS offers opportunities for high school students to accelerate through the mathematics program by completing 2-years of math courses in 1-school year. More than 100 students are in the MSAT (Math, Science and Technology) program at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School who take 3 or 4 AP courses. King also offers Robotics, DAPCEP, and Chess.
    • Hundreds of DPS K-12 students participate in STEM-related programs such as the Chess League, Academic Games™, and Robotics. These programs are currently operating in over 30 DPS schools.
    • DPS has available Netbook computers for every student in grades K-12.
    • The First Robotics competition kicked off Saturday. The following DPS schools are participating: Renaissance, Cass Tech, Finney, Southwestern and Westside Academy.
    • The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship has 38 STEM-field fellows from 4 universities under the mentorship of DPS teachers at 14 schools as they prepare to become teachers.
    • DPS has an ongoing participation in "A World in Motion" (AWIM) for 3rd and 5th graders (an SAE competition that is sponsored by GM), as well as being a national pilot site this winter for the new K-2 AWIM program.
    • DPS has a partnership with the Engineering Society of Detroit and the DPS Foundation to provide the opportunity for middle school students to participate in Future City, a competition that promotes engineering and design skills as students create the cities of the future.
    • $30,000 in mini-grants were provided to DPS teachers through the Detroit Mathematics and Science Center for mathematics and science supplsupplies and field trips, guest speakers, and materials for Science Fair Projects

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