Oakland Schools Tech Campuses to Host 10-14 year-olds and their Parents in Lively Evenings of Engineering Exploration
Family Engineering Night is part of a county-wide initiative to help parents get their children interested in emerging technologies via an exciting evening of hands-on activities at Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. Upper-elementary and middle school students will explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with mom or dad in a fun introductory evening complete with snacks and door prizes.
“Students who think about an engineering problem and then have the chance to do hands-on work on creating a solution are far more likely to understand what engineering is all about. Family Engineering Night generates a lot of enthusiasm, and hopefully helps to generate future Engineers,” said Mike McIntyre, Career Focused Education (CFE) STEM Coordinator for Oakland Schools.
Oakland Schools Technical Campuses offer a free Engineering/Emerging Technologies (EET) college-and-career readiness program to all high school juniors and seniors in Oakland County. The intensive EET “cluster” prepares students for a highly paid technical, design or engineering career in new areas that are critical for the economic success of our country.
“No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people…
We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, reach higher.”
McIntyre agrees, and understands the need to educate students and parents about the incredible opportunities that Engineering/Emerging Technologies present.
“Our goal is to catch children at a younger age and get them interested in Engineering. Our Family Engineering Nights offer kids and parents an opportunity to go station-to-station, interact with a series of activities and actually engage in engineering tasks,” Mike commented. “We want to meet the next generation of problem-solvers!”
There are four Family Engineering Nights to choose from. The events are FREE but space is limited – REGISTER NOW:
Clarkston: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 6:00-8:30 PM
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest, 8211 Big Lake Rd., Clarkston, MI 48346
Wixom: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 6:00-8:30 PM
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest, 1000 Beck Rd., Wixom, MI 48393
Pontiac: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 6:00-8:30 PM
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast, 1371 N. Perry, Pontiac, MI 48340
Royal Oak: Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 6:00-8:30 PM
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast, 5055 Delemere St., Royal Oak, MI 48373
from Jean MacLeod with Julie Ferguson, Communications/Oakland Schools
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