Detroit Public Schools Team Up with National Lab to give Students a Direct View into World-Class Science Research

On May 18, 2012, 30 students from DIA (Detroit International Academy, an all-girls high school) made a special visit to NSCL. DIA students toured the facility, interacted with graduate students and professors and learned more about the exciting science research that is conducted at the laboratory.

DIA students

Students from the Detroit International Academy on a tour in the east high bay.

The connection between the Academy and the Laboratory began in late October of 2011 when an outreach team from MSU traveled to DIA to illustrate the basis of the research done at NSCL with many fun demonstrations and hands-on activities. Alycia Meriweather, the Executive Director of Science for Detroit Public Schools, attended and reviewed the presentation saying, “The program was interactive and engaging. There were very practical demonstrations that taught complicated concepts and exposed the students to opportunities beyond high school.”

The success of the presentation at DIA in October has lead to subsequent presentations from MSU outreach teams at Denby, Mumford, and Davis Aerospace Technical High Schools. Now, for the first time, a Detroit high school traveled to NSCL to experience firsthand the inner workings of a world-leading research center. Members of DPS and NSCL are hopeful that this first visit from DIA students will similarly lead to many more visits from other Detroit high schools.

WaMPS Outreach is grateful to JINA and NSCL for the support that makes these types of activities possible.