The Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) is a safe and supportive innovation space located in the U-M Detroit Center.
In the MEZ, Detroit students acquire the knowledge and tools they need to propel themselves to higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through challenging and exciting hands-on experiences.
For the 2018 FIRST Robotics season, the teams of 19 Detroit high schools stand center stage at the MEZ. The College of Engineering provides the needed space, equipment, training, and mentoring students need to design, build, and test their robots for competition. Approximately 370 high school students and their teachers participate in the robotics program, working with U-M student mentors, professional engineers, and U-M alumni.
Outfitted with computer labs complete with CAD software, a machine shop, robot testing area, and collaborative workstations, Detroit’s professional engineers and U-M faculty, staff, students, and alumni provide technical training and mentoring within this environment of learning, leadership, teamwork, and fun.
Additionally, Michigan Engineering Zone hosts the Qualcomm® Thinkabit LabTM: a multi-year collaboration between Qualcomm Incorporated and Michigan Engineering providing youth in the Detroit and Southeast Michigan area with a unique, hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) raising awareness of careers they may not know exist.
During the summer Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab @ the MEZ holds Qcamp for Kids: a one-week STEM camp for girls and boys entering 7th and 8th grade, which provides hands-on engineering project experience.