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Media Advisory: Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School Expo Will Showcase Detroit’s Youngest Design Thinkers and Innovators

posted Feb 28, 2014, 1:15 PM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Feb 28, 2014, 1:17 PM ]
DETROIT, Mich., February 28, 2014  – A school-wide exhibition at Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School on March 4th will showcase students’ emerging creativity, collaboration, and 21st century problem solving skills, putting a new twist on a familiar “science fair” format. Each class cohort, grades K-5, selected a team of innovative thinkers to represent their learning studio during this special evening. These 20 teams will present the prototypes they have developed to potentially change the world of an adult, child, or pet.

The educational program for the 390 students at Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School follows the requirements of the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, they learn the processes and ways that “Design Thinkers” approach problems through four challenges each year. These activities differ by grade level and give students the opportunity to innovate solutions to real-life human problems while at the same time applying concepts and skills from other disciplines, such as language arts, math, science, and social studies. They learn a specific way to understand and solve those problems. This quarter, students tackled a range of problems, including ways that peers can keep toys organized or ways to keep a “middle schooler” entertained during a 3-4 day power outage.

The CEO of IDEO, one organization responsible for the growing popularity of Design Thinking, has said that Design Thinking might just be the quintessential career and college skill set for this new era, central to success in every career. Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), which developed and manages the school, has worked with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (“the”), to refine the Design Thinking process for use with teachers and students in K-12 schools.


WHAT:             Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School’s Design Thinking Expo

WHO:              Students, Teachers, Staff, Families and Community Partners                                                  
                        Curtis Lewis, Ph.D., Founding Principal, Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School                

WHEN:            Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:          10225 Third Street, in Detroit’s greater Boston-Edison area

                         Television live truck parking available at Glynn Ct. entrance

              Media, please contact Lisa Kreinbring, HFLI Communications, if you plan to attend

Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School is part of the Thompson Foundation’s more than $130 million investment in Public School Academies of Detroit (PSAD), which is serving more than 4,400 students during the 2013-2014 school year. They include students at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, University Preparatory Academy Schools, and University Prep Science + Math Schools, which are all located within the City of Detroit. All PSAD schools, which are authorized to operate by Grand Valley State University, share a commitment to providing an educational program that graduates at least 90 percent of ninth-grade students and sends at least 90 percent of graduates to college.



Lisa Kreinbring                                   

Henry Ford Learning Institute or 248-259-4066


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