CTN awards grants to support its mission of enhancing the quality of life in southeast Michigan. CTN seeks pilot projects that expand the wireless technology knowledge base and have the potential to be replicable and scalable. Educators and community-based organizations within Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have an opportunity to re-imagine learning and community programs for the 21st century through projects funded by CTN. Grants are awarded for a one year period. Projects that demonstrate success in the first year have an option to request additional funds for a second year.

Current and Completed Grants

WSU K-12 Summer Experience Scholarships – Focus on the Future

The goal of the summer camp scholarship project is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who are motivated and prepared academically to pursue degrees leading to careers in STEM related field through K-12 supplemental educational programming during the summer.  For 2021, STEM summer camps have been transformed by WSU faculty and staff to …

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OS STEM Education – STEMi and STEMcos

Oakland Schools is engaged in a multi-year countywide initiative to expand STEM education and promote STEM careers. The primary audience is students in grades 4-7 with specific strategies to target schools and/or districts with students from underserved populations. The STEM education initiative is comprised of two components. 1) STEMi is a traveling mobile lab – …

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ArcPrep Online

The U-M ArcPrep program, located at the Michigan Research Studio in Detroit, offers Detroit students an immersive, semester-long college preparatory course in architecture, urbanism and studio design. The program meets three hours per day, five days a week over the course of a semester and typically serves 30 students each semester. U-M ArcPrep works to …

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Year 2: Making STEAM through Maker & STEM Connections for K-12 Students

This  project was designed to build capacity for maker-centered and STEM learning opportunities within each of Wayne County’s 33 school districts over a period of 2-3 years. The CTN Board supported the multi-year approach and approved initial funding in Summer, 2018.  The team partnered with The Henry Ford that fall and offered the first Maker …

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Increased Access and Equity for Urban Educators

The WSU College of Education was awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the critical shortage of critical shortage of math and science teachers, especially in urban school districts. The purpose of the project is to recruit 40 mid-career professionals to the teaching profession and provide an 18-month program of …

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STEM Scholarships, Bringing STEM to Detroit!

The project will fund virtual STEM program opportunities for K-12 students who might not otherwise envision the possibilities of a STEM career.

OS Connects Project

Through this project, 56 technology-ready new teachers will attend the 2020 MACUL and receive ongoing support for innovative technology projects in their classrooms.

Building Healthy Communities Project

The project will enable the WSU College of Education Building Healthy Communities program make its resources accessible through a digital platform.

STEM Scholarships, Bringing STEM to Detroit!

The project will fund summer STEM program opportunities for K-12 students at Wayne Statue University who might not otherwise envision the possibilities of a STEM career.

Video Modeling Project

Students on the Autism Spectrum who attend Riverside Middle School in the Crestwood School District will create and use video modeling as a means to learn appropriate school and community behaviors.

The Apollo Summer – 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Apollo Missions

The Michigan Science Center will host a variety of educational programs to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Lunar Landing.

Project C.O.D.E.

Uses mobile coding labs to give students throughout the school district an opportunity to using coding to program a robot.

Teacher Observations for Coaching and Professional Growth

Introduces Swivl videos to add a new gateway for instructional coaching and mentoring.

Connected Learning Pilot: Detroit Area

Convene educators, non-profits, and representatives from institutions throughout Southeast Michigan to design and develop a pilot connected learning project.

Connected Learning- Virtual Field Trip

An innovative way to experience educational, artistic, and cultural organizations

Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Experiment with Virtual Reality tools in the Classroom

Advanced Learning Innovation Collaborative

Educators can experiment and learn in a learning lab setting that includes digital tools for collaboration and new pedagogy.

Ed Tech Fellows of Oakland County

A year-long project to develop technology integration lessons for K-12 Mathematics and ELA

STEAM through Maker & STEM Connections for K-12 Students

Increases STEM awareness and opportunities for students through project based learning and maker activities.

Enhancing the Collaboration between WSU and HFC Students via Digital Tools

Uses digital tools improve the mathematics courses for elementary pre-service teachers.

Lights! Camera! Action! Sharing our Learning Wirelessly!

Wood Creek Elementary School in Farmington Public Schools was awarded a grant for Lights! Camera! Action! Sharing our Learning Wirelessly! Fifth graders at Wood Creek will be developing new technology skills and using video technology and iMovie to communicate their learning with other students, their families and the school community.

The Power of Digital Projects with Elementary Learners

For this project, second graders will practice leadership habits and critical thinking skills as they identify situations within the school community that need to be changed.

Connect-Collaborate-Create – A Makerspace For All Students

To create a Maker Space in a middle and high school environment

Interactive Textbooks for the 21st Century Learner

Teach teachers to develop and use interactive textbooks

Five Day Parenting Program

Develop a mobile website that delivers a parenting program

Using Podcasts as Writing Assessment

Create a Podcast writing experience for students.

Dreamkeepers- Urban Teacher Residency Program

A Teacher Residency Master Degree Program

V2XHS Connect

An innovative program engaging students, teachers, industry, and community in mobile communication

Peer Learners Connect

Develop an interactive video broadcast initiative with a peer-to-peer science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)teaching focus

Solar Science and Solar Viewing

Increase Solar Science Programming

Power of Digital Projects

Second grade students will identify problems and situations to solve using technology and collaboration

Museum Education, Mobile Technology, and Integration of Muslim Learners

Demonstrate technology in multicultural experiences