STEM Programming in Downtown Detroit Parks
The Downtown Detroit Partnership has organized STEM-themed activations in downtown Detroit’s parks and public spaces that will be free and open to all beginning April 20. “We are excited to activate the parks with programming designed specifically for FIRST teams and their fans and to showcase that Detroit is one of the nation’s leaders in STEM,” said Robert Gregory, Chief Planning and Public Spaces Officer of the DDP.
FIRST competitors and event attendees will find downtown Detroit’s parks and public spaces thematically programmed with activities ranging from a pop-up arcade complete with the world’s largest game of PacMan to an ultimate frisbee challenge, life-sized foosball matches and the Brain Bowl, a tech-minded trivia test.
Park activities will run from April 20-29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will include an extensive lineup of food trucks.
In addition to the “Parkade,” DTE Energy Foundation will fund the world’s largest game of PacMan, a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot Challenge and the Brain Bowl, a trivia night for the tech minded. Students can give their brains a break through putt-putt golf, ultimate frisbee, bumper bubble ball soccer and a game night hosted by Vault of Midnight.
Thanks to LEAR Corporation, Downtown’s neighborhood park on Griswold and State will offer virtual reality demonstrations from premier Detroit-based tech and gaming companies. Local Detroit music students and artists will perform live using cutting edge technology advancements in the field. Visitors can order lunch from an abundance of food trucks as they sit and enjoy the historic park and its surrounding architecture.
Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square & Woodward Esplanade
Built by high school robotics students, Dr. Nitro’s Dessert Lab and Mad Science Show will take center stage at Detroit’s Gathering Place. Students can battle it out with robot assisted games or take the traditional route with a friendly round of ping pong, chess and a variety of lawn games. Cadillac Square will host a food truck rally with up to 12 trucks per day and a Detroit Experience Factory Welcome Center where visitors can learn more about all things Detroit.
Strategic Staffing Solutions will give Grand Circus Park visitors the chance to unplug and go analog with life-sized human foosball and bowling, bumper-ball soccer challenges, DJ dance parties, and Battlebots board games. Family friendly food truck options will be on hand to help the students fuel up for the their next round of competition.
Spirit of Detroit Plaza
Spirit of Detroit Plaza, between Campus Martius and the Detroit RiverWalk, will feature an assortment of food trucks, live DJs and performers like the D-TRON Robot, lawn games, the Ally Bank prize tent, and a selfie station.
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