Shop Rat Introductory Program
Dewitt Creativity Group (DCG)
The Shop Rat Foundation is currently hosting an introductory Shop Rat Education Program class for students enrolled in grades 6-10 at the Capital Area Career Center. This class provides students with an opportunity to explore construction trades, engineering, machining, welding and advanced manufacturing (mechatronics) through hands-on, project-based curriculum. The sessions are 15 weeks long, with students meeting once weekly for 2 hours. In addition to the projects related to the focus areas listed above, students also participate in skill development activities such as reading a ruler, tape measure, calipers and micrometers and are provided with information regarding a career within the manufacturing sector weekly. To register for a class or for more information regarding the Shop Rat Foundation and its programs, please visit www.shoprat.org
The DCG was founded in February of 2008 by two DeWitt High School teachers: Jason LaFay and Jeff Croley. The formation of the group was inspired by the flourishing creative culture at DHS; thanks in large part to the continuous efforts of students, teachers, parents, and other district personnel. The DCG is made up of the following groups; they are as follows: Theater Department, Art Department, Audio/Visual Club, Music Club (this includes the Choir and Band programs), DeWitt Research and Development Lab
, Creative Writing Club and DHS International Club.
They are also working with Teachers in Space and the Michigan Space Grant Consortium to help DeWitt High School and other Michigan K-12 schools design and build homemade satellites such as TubeSats and CubeSats. Our long term goal is raise funds to launch these satellites in orbit.
Stockbridge High School: Robotics
The mission and goal of Stockbridge Robotics
is to; ‘Use the motivational effects of robotics to excite this and future generations of children to study science, technology, engineering and math or STEM subjects.” This robotics class provides a real hands-on learning environment where students are immersed in an authentic project with real tangible results.
Read an article about the Stockbridge Advanced Underwater Robotics Team and the recent presentation of the documentary by DeWitt Creativity Group member Geoffry Croley's "Stockbridge to SaltwaterH2O."
NOTE: If you have a local program that you'd like to share, please email CAMC Executive Director Michelle Cordano.