Bring hands-on learning to preschool through adults in Southeast Michigan.
- Ford Motor Company Fund sponsors STEM training and kits for community organizations
Involve students in STEM thinking and potential careers
Support SW Detroit organizations
Train adults in STEM education and support them with complete kits to use with students
Organization staff and volunteers attend training at the FREC Mercado in SW Detroit to learn hands-on teaching in STEM, facilitate kits assembled by volunteers at Arts & Scraps and return to their students equipped to teach.
- Tetra Tech helps create a custom program: Engineers Solve Problems
Encourage students at an appropriate age to consider engineering as a profession
Show students how science and math are used in the real world
Be a visible presence in the City of Detroit
Provide learning and enrichment activities to Detroit students through schools and community organizations
Tetra Tech and Arts & Scraps jointly developed a program called “Engineers Solve Problems”. The challenge for the year was “How high can you go?” Tetra Tech employees assisted with workshops at 5 schools and kits and kits were delivered to 42 more. In total, the program served 3,870 3rd and 4th graders. Arts & Scraps developed a customized lesson plan and handout, branded with the Tetra Tech logo and sent postcards to 245 Detroit schools promoting the program.
Erich Klun, an engineer from Tetra Tech, volunteered for the program and said it was the most fun he has had in years, “The kids enjoyed and appreciated the interaction. They couldn’t believe how much fun it was to work in teams and build with scraps.”
- Alumni sponsored STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) kits for all 3rd grades in their former school
- Kiwanis Club of Warren volunteered at the warehouse to assemble kits, purchased finished kits, and donated them to Children’s Hospital.