Engineering Society of Detroit to Expand High School Competition

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SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit is expanding its “Engineering SMArT Michigan” high school competition to more schools and cities. The society is also seeking corporate and foundation support to help fund the effort.

Engineering SMArT Michigan — the middle word is an acronym for science, mathematics, architecture and technology — is a 4-year-old program designed to boost student interest and expertise in energy, engineering, and science. In the competition, student teams use architectural skills and technology to design an energy-efficient home of the future. Winners are chosen by a panel of energy and architecture experts.

The program’s curriculum was designed by 40 local engineers who are ESD members. The curriculum matches up with current and emerging academic standards.Finalists in the program can earn college scholarships for their participation. Last year, teams from Melvindale and Hamtramck each received a $30,000 scholarship to Lawrence Technological University. More than $350,000 in scholarships in total were offered. Participants also take field trips to learn more about energy and construction.

“This program encourages young people to become engineers and architects, filling the talent pipeline,” Trudell said. “And the skills they learn in energy efficiency and home design – these are skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.”

The curriculum is aligned with ACT College-Ready Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Common Core State Standards. A pre- and post test evaluates students’ of STEM careers and their proficiency in literacy, numeracy and science reasoning. The results are shared with schools and partners.

The program is scheduled to run from January to May 2015. Teachers and administrators interested in learning more about Engineering SMArT Michigan should contact Tim Walker at the ESD at 248-353-0735, ext. 115, or email twalker@esd.org

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