A project by Michael Wang, Kathleen Chou, Eliza Barra, Beverley Chou from Detroit Connections: Change by Design
What makes a person go from showing initial interest in something to actually doing something about it? What makes someone take that next step? What makes someone ask how and want to learn more? We wanted to encourage students at Detroit Community High School to ask those same questions. Two observations we had were that the students had a passion for music and thrived when building physical objects. We wanted to build from both these interests to spark students to be curious about science and technology. We drew inspiration from a movement called STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and added another letter to create STEAMM, combining all of the above with music. The program, DCH SPARK, aims to provide an environment and resources where students can explore projects relating to music, science and technology. The projects that have been developed involve creating speakers out of ordinary materials such as a Styrofoam cup and a wooden speaker housing, all designed to involve the intersection of music and technology. We want this program to be a spark for these students, igniting a passion for continuous learning and lifelong curiosity.