More Than Just Robots: The Michigan Engineering Zone

The Michigan Engineering Zone (“the MEZ”) was created by the University of Michigan College of Engineering in 2010 to educate and inspire Detroit’s youth to become leaders in transforming their city, schools and communities through science and technology.

Located in Midtown Detroit within U-M’s Detroit Center, the MEZ exposes middle and high school students to science, engineering and technology through challenging and exciting hands-on experiences provided by U-M College of Engineering students and alumni, as well as local professional engineers.

The MEZ also offers tailored information sessions for students and their parents addressing college opportunities (emphasizing the pursuit of science and engineering degrees), financial aid and scholarships, and the college application process.

Each year during the FIRST Robotics season, teams from 17 Detroit high schools use the MEZ space, equipment, training and mentoring to design, build and test their robots for the competition. Currently, approximately 275 high school students and their teachers participate in the robotics program.

"This exciting mentor-based program builds engineering, science and technology skills; inspires creativity; and fosters self-confidence and team work."
- Jeanne Murabito, College of Engineering Executive Director for Student Affairs
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