Google grant grows Detroit high school robotics programs

More Detroit-area high school students will have access to expanded hands-on science and engineering after-school programs, thanks to a $250,000 Google grant to the Midtown makerspace known as the Michigan Engineering Zone.

The Michigan Engineering Zone, or MEZ, provides space, mentorship and tools for hundreds of students from across the metro area who compete in the national FIRST Robotics program each year. FIRST students design, build and test robots that perform different tasks.

The MEZ is a collaboration among the U-M College of Engineering, Detroit Public Schools and FIRST to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and technology fields.

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