Detroit students tour NSCL
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Thirty students from Detroit International Academy, an all-girls high school, visited the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory May 18. DIA students toured the facility, interacted with graduate students and professors and learned about the science research that is conducted at the laboratory.
The connection between the Academy and the laboratory began in late October 2011 when an outreach team from MSU traveled to DIA to illustrate the basis of the research done at NSCL using fun demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Alycia Meriweather, the executive director of science for Detroit Public Schools, attended and reviewed the presentation.
"The program was interactive and engaging," she said. "There were very practical demonstrations that taught complicated concepts and exposed the students to opportunities beyond high school."
The success of the presentation at DIA in October led to subsequent presentations from MSU outreach teams at Denby, Mumford and Davis Aerospace Technical High Schools.
Members of DPS and NSCL are hopeful that this first visit from DIA students will lead to many more visits from other Detroit high schools.
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