SME Education Foundation provides $50,000 to Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) to help Detroit High Schools compete at the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition
Participating Detroit schools include: Advanced Technology Academy, Cass Technical High School; Central Collegiate Academy; Cesar Chavez Academy; Denby High School; Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) Early College of Excellence; Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody High School; Detroit School of Art; East English Village Preparatory Academy; Frederick Douglas Academy for Young Men; Southeastern High School, and Renaissance High School.
The Michigan Engineering Zone, created in 2010 by the University of Michigan for the purpose of developing students’ technical skills through activity on FIRST Robotics teams, is located within the UM Detroit Center. The STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program is designed to prepare students to compete in a global economy with advanced manufacturing education and the lucrative technical careers it offers.
Julian E. Pate III, director of the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) and a member of the Board of Directors of the SME Education Foundation, is involved in providing direction and support for MEZ activities and is enthusiastic about the growing support for the
Jeanne Murabito, founder of MEZ, and executive director for Student Affairs at
FIRST Robotics Competition, kicked off the 2013 season on Saturday, January 5 via a live NASA-TV broadcast and webcast featuring Dean Kamen, creator of the event, that went out to nearly 51,000 high school students worldwide. FRC teams were shown the Ultimate Ascent playing field and received a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, and a mix of automation components — with no instructions.
The 2013 “Ultimate Ascent” FRC game challenges contestants to build robots capable of scaling the rungs of a metal tower. Their assignment will be to fling flying discs at goals of varying value. Teams will “buddy-up” in teams of three, allowing the robots to work in unison and focus on specific tasks.
MEZ provides Detroit students with safe space and supportive forum with access to equipment, training, and mentoring necessary to design, build, and test their robots capable of playing three-on-three games of problem solving. Outfitted with computer labs complete with CAD software, a machine shop, robot testing area, and collaborative workstations,
Once these young inventors create a robot, their teams will participate in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and their determination. The State Championship will be held at
Students interested in knowing how to apply to the
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in
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