HFLI’s 2018 Detroit Month of Design Happenings

Henry Ford Learning Institute (a Detroit City of Design Partner) is teaming up with education-focused organizations to support inclusive design in our city. Together, we will provide three immersive learning experiences as a part of the 2018 Detroit Month of Design.



Programmed by Design Core, Detroit Month of Design is a citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital.

Every September, partners across Detroit—from emerging studios to established companies and educational institutions—come together to show off their latest works and ideas. These cross-disciplinary events take place in all corners of the city, highlighting the talent and innovation that makes Detroit a UNESCO City of Design.



All three of the HFLI-led happenings are provided at no cost to participants, but pre-registration is required. Hurry – spots are limited! Please contact Lisa Kreinbring, HFLI’s Director of External Relations, at lisa@hfli.org with questions.


Sept. 11 – Equity in Education: Imagining New Futures in Detroit

Presented by Henry Ford Learning Institute and Grand Valley State University CSO

What does equity mean, particularly in education? Join us on Tuesday, September 11th for an inclusive, hands-on workshop to consider this complicated question. Using Design Thinking tools and methods, you’ll collaborate with others to imagine new social, economic and political futures for education and contribute to a positive and productive discussion around our city’s needs for equitable opportunities. Whether you are a high school student, parent, designer, educator, entrepreneur, neighborhood leader or retiree, your voice matters.









Sept. 15 – Introduction to Ford STEAM Lab for Middle and High School Teachers

Presented by Henry Ford Learning Institute and Grand Valley State University CSO

Open to ALL Detroit Middle and High School teachers! Ford STEAM Lab, a free digital curriculum, features a “hackathon” style process of introducing middle and early high school students to careers in STEM and Tech Entrepreneurship. In this happening, educators will work collaboratively to address an ongoing challenge — one related to expanding student learning opportunities — as a way to engage directly with the instructional resources. You’ll experience the curriculum first as a learner, then explore its flexibility, intended outcomes, resources needed for implementation and instructional supports available









Sept. 28-30 – HFLI + LTU DCDT JumpStart Youth Entrepreneurship Program for Detroit High School Students

Presented by Henry Ford Learning Institute and the Detroit Center for Design and Technology

Take charge of your impact! Through work in teams and alongside mentors who are entrepreneurs and social innovators, this happening will help you gain in-demand skills and mindsets that position you as an emerging changemaker in school, at work, and for your community.

All participants attend at no cost thanks to generous support from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan/DADA Fund, Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hudson-Webber Foundation, and .design domains; please commit to being present for all three segments.






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