Robots in the real world

The students at Cooke STEM Academy are learning to work together to build and program robots! The Cooke robotics team, consisting of students in grades 3-6, uses the Lego Mindstorm kit and iPad coding program to assemble and program the machines under the direction of a community volunteer and Bosch engineer. Students are developing critical thinking, problem solving, and engineering skills as they build, manipulate and troubleshoot their team robots. “They also have discussions and video lessons about real world usage of robotics such as Amazon’s packing and shipping process and how robots can impact productivity,” said Karlyn Singleton GNA for Cooke STEM. “The team is excited about their first year entry in the DPSCD sponsored robotics competitions.”

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DPS Foundation Cycle II Grants announced

During its Cycle II competitive grants process this fall, DPSF awarded over $70,000 to support programs and services throughout the district, servicing over 1,800 students at eight schools. Programs will focus on mentoring for high school boys, cultural exchange programming between high schools, STEM programming for middle school students, career readiness programming at three high schools, and providing 500 DPSCD special needs students with the ability to participate in the Young Athletes Program with Special Olympics. The Foundation is proud to have been able to fund every application that was submitted from DPSCD this funding cycle, and looks forward to seeing the outcomes of these incredible programs, and the impact they will have on our students.

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Due to the severe winter storm, all DPSCD campuses and central office locations will be closed Thursday, December 14, 2017.

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Celebrating diversity on Harvest Day

Every year for Harvest Day, Priest celebrates its students and their cultural diversity by having a Harvest Day Parade. During the parade, students, families and the community were invited to share their excitement and celebrate the culture. Students chose to celebrate Harvest by dressing in costumes and others paraded around the school to showcase their differences. The community of Priest, enjoyed learning about diversity and celebrating the various cultures.

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Get creative at the Detroit Public Library

Do you know a middle school student interested in art? Share this news, The Detroit Public Library – Redford Branch will host free art classes every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The workshops, hosted by College for Creative Studies, will help students prepare their personal art portfolio and encourage them to apply to Detroit’s quality high school art programs. For more information, call the Redford Branch at 313-481-1820. Visit detroitpubliclibrary.org/calendar for a full list of fun, family events!

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