DTE Energy Foundation Brings STEM Partnership to Detroit
February 2017

​DTE Energy Foundation has announced a partnership with Michigan’s natural history museum, the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Together, the two will provide nearly 7,500 middle school students in the Detroit metropolitan area with interactive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and environmental science outreach programs.

The new partnership aligns with DTE’s new People Power Place Outreach Initiative, which is aimed at helping students develop skills and comprehension in fields related to STEM. DTE Energy Foundation has provided a three-year grant that will allow for Cranbrook’s educators to bring science to students in the sixth through eighth grades.

"Supporting educational initiatives, especially in the areas of STEM, has always been a top priority of the DTE Energy Foundation," said Faye Nelson, vice president at DTE Energy and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. "By partnering with the Cranbrook Institute of Science, we're helping to bring enriching educational experiences for students in underserved areas, from world-class science experts that are based right here in our own backyard."

The interactive programming includes a hands-on approach that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and will give students the opportunity to use objects and artifacts from the Cranbrook collection.

"The DTE Energy Foundation and Cranbrook Institute of Science share a common mission in helping to make sure students are skilled in science and math," said Dr. Michael Stafford, director, Cranbrook Institute of Science. "People Power Place gives us the chance to show students how exciting science is."

Because of partnerships like this, DTE Energy is making an impact on the community by providing young students the opportunity to enhance their ways of learning through unique first-hand experiences with educators who care to make a difference.

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