The Michigan Engineer News Center

A Jumble of Ideas

A photography of two high school students hold a whiffle ball next to an elaborate contraption of thin copper piping.

Advanced Technology Academy HS students Julian Taylor (left) and LaTyrie Taylor-Smith work on ideas for their FIRST Robotics Competition robot at the MEZ facility in Detroit. The MEZ is a safe and supportive forum where Detroit students acquire the knowledge and tools they need to propel themselves to higher education and careers in the STEM fields. Outfitted with computer labs complete with CAD software, a machine shop, robot testing area, and collaborative workstations, Detroit’s engineers and U-M faculty, staff, students, and alumni provide training and mentoring within an environment of learning, leadership, teamwork, and fun! In the MEZ’s flagship program, more than a dozen Detroit high schools and 230 students work to design, build, and test their robots for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Photo: Marcin Szczepanski/Multimedia Director and Senior Producer, University of Michigan - College of Engineering