AT&T State President David Lewis addresses students from Detroit’s Carver STEM Academy during the STARBASE fieldtrip this week.
   

 
 

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  Detroit students get lessons in STEM through mentoring event at Selfridge Air Base

By Aaron Best
Tell Us Detroit

HARRISON TWP, MI - Detroit’s Carver STEM Academy stepped outside the classroom for a hands-on experience on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at STARBASE One, a STEM academy located at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.

As a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Carver STEM Academy's students tried their hand at sending up a few rockets of their own. They experienced virtual reality, soldered pieces on circuit boards and spent time with professionals from AT&T. The activities were part of a two-day Believe Detroit event.

“We want to provide more opportunities for young leaders like you to have exposure to different types of subject matter,” AT&T Michigan President David Lewis told the 60 students from Detroit’s Carver STEM Academy.

The activities at the military base included robotics, engineering design, 3D modeling, and career exploration.

“AT&T is giving Detroit students the opportunity to gain STEM skills and explore future career opportunities,” said Mark Muzzin, STARBASE deputy director. “Children leave STARBASE with a renewed enthusiasm to learn and greater confidence in their abilities. We are grateful that AT&T is making this possible for these Detroit students.”

The virtual reality (VR) experience was a favorite among the students. On Tuesday, they did a practice run, learning to maneuver in a virtual world by picking up everyday items. On Wednesday, they had a VR experience in Apollo 11.

“I thought it was real because I could touch everything, and it was really fun,” 12-year-old Takaira Turner said about her experience at the airforce base.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense program offering students a hands-on experience emphasizing the application of science, technology, engineering, and math. The program offers an inquiry-based curriculum that engages students in hands-on, minds-on experiments and technological activities.

“Opening up new opportunities for Detroiters is what Believe Detroit is all about,” Lewis said. “AT&T is proud to help make a STARBASE experience possible for Carver STEM students and we look forward to seeing the students achieve great things in the future.”

STARBASE is one of the organizations AT&T is working with as part of its Believe Detroit initiative. Believe Detroit is an AT&T Michigan effort aiming to improve educational opportunities, academic achievement and create a path to self-sufficiency for Detroit youth. It is an extension of AT&T Believes℠, a larger company-wide initiative, which aims to create positive change in local communities.



 

 

 

   
 

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