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Detroit Public School students participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Symposium at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School May 1-2.

DPS students learn hands-on with NASA
NASA, STEM Education Symposium

DETROIT — It’s not every day that kids get to meet a real live astronaut. Or build cool stuff that brings NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to life. But more than 150 Detroit Public Schools students got that opportunity May 1-2.

Through a collaboration with Detroit’s Reginald Francis Lewis Reading Academy, NASA’s Glenn Research Center engaged DPS students in a two-day STEM Education Symposium featuring NASA engineers and astronauts, as well as hands-on challenges that focus on NASA engineering and design processes.

The Symposium took place at The MSU Detroit Center and at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School.

“NASA uses the excitement from its missions and programs to inspire students and serve as a catalyst for encouraging STEM studies,” says Stephanie D. Brown-Houston, NASA Education Program Specialists. “The agency continues its tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing and inspiring the young minds of today to become the workforce of tomorrow.”

As part of the Symposium’s academic curriculum, students from MLK and Denby high schools designed and built a vehicle that can deliver a payload to a bull’s-eye six feet away. Cass Tech students built a roller coaster that uses a marble to apply the forces of motion and energy transformation, and DPS elementary school students designed and built a landing system that can successfully deliver a payload without damaging or ejecting the payload.

Participating youth received NASA T-shirts and backpacks purchased through the support of The Reginald Francis Lewis Foundation, BME Challenge of the Knight Foundation and Open Society Foundations, Exergetic Energy, Ellis Island Tea, The Office of School Nutrition-Detroit Public Schools, Office of DPS Emergency Financial Manager, Community Foundations of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan Chronicle and Michigan State University.

For more information on NASA educational programs, visit For more information about Detroit’s Reginald Francis Lewis Reading Academy, call 313.549-0080.

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