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





  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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