31st Annual ESD Construction & Design Award Winners Honored

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts:
Phone:
E-mail:
Della Cassia
248-353-0735, ext. 112
[email protected]
Dozens of Detroit students to participate in
Engineering SMArT Detroit High School Competition
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — On Thursday, May 23, 2013, more than 100 students from four Detroit
schools, will participate in the second annual Engineering SMArT Detroit Competition for a chance to
win thousands of dollars in scholarship money. The competition is sponsored by The Engineering
Society of Detroit (ESD) and will take place on the campus of Lawrence Technological University
(LTU) in Southfield.
Participating Detroit schools are:
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Cody Detroit Institute of Technology
Henry Ford High School
Central Collegiate Academy
Melvindale High School
Launched in 2012 in partnership with United Way, Engineering SMArT Detroit, gives high school
students the opportunity to apply science, engineering and technology to real life situations, and find
out first-hand how these core subjects can have a direct impact on people’s lives.
The 2013 student teams research and eventually design an energy efficient home by drawing
architectural designs and writing an essay on their engineering design experience throughout the
semester. The teams then present their work in an oral presentation, in front of a team of engineering
professionals.
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In preparing for the competition, students gain valuable skills in time management, public speaking
and presentation skills. Each student from the top three winning teams receives a $30,000 scholarship
from Lawrence Technological University—that’s $6,000 per year over their five-year program.
Dozens of volunteer enginneer mentors helped students understand energy concepts that
include environmental challenges, the electrical grid, alternative energies and energy efficient building
materials, as well as how to do architectural drawings to scale. Students also got to take a field trip to
the Smart House at DTE Energy Headquarters.
The competition, the first of its kind in Michigan, expands on ESD’s successful tradition of
supporting youth education in engineering. The ultimate goal is to expand the competition to all high
schools in the State of Michigan.
For more information about Engineering SMArT Detroit, call Della Cassia at 248-353-0735,
ext. 112. The event is open to the public and the media.
Founded in 1895, ESD is a multi-disciplinary society uniting engineering, scientific and allied professions to enhance
professional development and foster excitement in math and science to produce our next generation of leaders. Serving
this generation of engineers and fostering the next. For more information, visit www.esd.org.
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