Students encouraged to be 'digital divas'
More than 150 students from Southfield Public Schools attended the Digital Divas conference, hosted by Eastern Michigan University.
The one-day conference is targeted toward young girls who are interested in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science fields and aims to encourage them an opportunity to meet and network with professors and students in the technological field.
The event included guest speakers and breakout sessions with hands-on learning. Session topics ranged from creating mobile applications to the unmanned drone industry.
View more Digital Divas event photos here. Click the photo to enlarge.
Vibranium and the Periodic Table
Levey Middle School students recently worked on a lesson with The Lawrence Technological University's (LTU) Marburger STEM Center.
The activity was created for students to get them thinking seriously about the Periodic Table of the Elements. The students were asked where they would place vibranium, a fictional element featured in the movie Black Panther, on the table, and to explain their decision.
The executive director of the LTU Marburger STEM Center, Sibrina Collins, says she seized upon using the idea of using the movie as a teaching vehicle to emphasize diversity in STEM careers.
Grant to make schools safer
Southfield Public Schools recently received a $110,928 as part of the Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Grant to help improve safety measures. Through the 2019 program, schools will have security enhancements through the purchase of technology and equipment.
The district will installed new security cameras at its elementary, middle and high schools. The grant will also pay for the installation of a new state-of-the-art public announcement system at Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology.
The new security enhancements will help provide a more safe and secure environment for our students and staff.
Destination HBCU College Fair
The 2019 Destination HBCU Experience Initiative & College Fair, presented by Closing the Gap Detroit and Detroit HBCU Network in partnership with Southfield Public Schools, was a huge success. The event offered full-scale college accessible information ranging from college admissions, breakout sessions, collegiate experience to alumni networking.
"Events such as this have the potential to change lives for students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their unlimited talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers," said Dr. Jennifer Green, superintendent, Southfield Public School District. "It is our responsibility to assist our students in making informed decisions about their future by sharing with them the multitude of options available to them."