Grand Opening for Holy Redeemer’s STEM Center
Detroit, January 11, 2017 – Holy Redeemer Grade School hosted a grand opening for their newly renovated STEM classrooms. The STEM classrooms aim to cultivate a deeper interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects among young students.
Holy Redeemer Grade School, an elementary school located in Southwest Detroit, encourages strong interest and involvement with STEM programs. Mary Beth Kiley, principal of Holy Redeemer integrated the FIRST Lego League into the school’s science program with great success.
The Holy Redeemer FIRST Lego League team, Redeemer Bots, have participated in multiple competitions and hosted numerous demonstrations of their own creations.
Holy Redeemer Grade School students have enjoyed great success with the FIRST program and are well on their way to learn about STEM careers. Holy Redeemer has two robotics’ team in the First program. Team 10280, the TechnoLions, part of the First Tech Challenge program. Team 15085, Holy Redeemer, part of the First Lego League. Holy Redeemer has mentors from General Motors and students from Detroit Cristo Rey High School.
Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Detroit Cristo Rey High School provides excellent college-preparatory Catholic education to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit.
Through its work study program, the school fosters important skills and values in the workplace and offers its students the opportunity to obtain future positions with major Detroit employers. The values encouraged by the institution include responsibility, determination, and respect for self and others.
Ideal Group and Detroit Cristo Rey High School have formed a close partnership, providing students with resources for academic preparation and future careers. Ideal Group sponsors students, paying for tuition in exchange for real work tasks and experience in a real workplace.
Aiming to improve study habits and ACT scores, Ideal Group provided the entire school, including the staff, with tablets and laptops. Ideal Group sponsors school buses and vehicles, transporting students to and from work. Students receive invaluable support from staff and sponsors. Frank Venegas enacted the dual enrollment program, gaining the support of several colleges and allowing Detroit Cristo Rey seniors the opportunity to enroll in college courses during high school.
Multiple college-bound graduating students also benefit from Frank Venegas’ scholarships, offering financial assistance to the growing student population.
Ideal Group founder, Frank Venegas, Jr., is a strong believer in educating and training our youth to prepare them to compete in this global economy. This is why he supports organizations such as First Robotics. First Robotics is a non-profit organization, whose mission is, as the founder states,
“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people are being science and technology heroes.”
– Dean Kamen, Founder of First Robotics
Three teams have already participated in the First Robotics program. Two teams include grade school and middle school students from Holy Redeemer and the other, a team of high school students from Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), an organization created to develop educational enrichment and academic outreach initiatives, has been a great partner in helping these teams by mentoring and coaching the students.
The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation has also been a significant partner providing a First Robotics Build Center.