Cranbrook Institute of Science and Flint Community Schools Form New Partnership

Cranbrook Institute of Science and Flint Community Schools form new partnership to advance science learning among middle school students

Exclusive student field trips, professional development for teachers and opportunities for Flint families to learn together are part of new initiative 

Transforming science learning and strengthening academic performance among middle school students in Flint, Michigan, is the focus of a new partnership being launched with the support of a one-year, $200,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to the Cranbrook Educational Community.

Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Flint Community Schools will collaborate to provide students, families and faculty with in-depth, hands-on exposure to science and technology with an emphasis on the mastery of core science concepts and heightened student achievement.

The new partnership, slated to begin in September, will offer all 7th and 8th grade students in the Flint Community Schools – nearly 1,000 children – free private field trips to the nationally-regarded Institute of Science located in Bloomfield Hills. It will also provide professional development opportunities to Flint Community Schools teachers, and free Institute memberships and special events to the families of participating students. And, next summer, 90 students in grades 7 and 8 will have the opportunity to spend four days at a science day camp at the Cranbrook Institute.

Experiences for Flint Community Schools students will focus on direct contact with Institute collections (considered among the country’s finest private collections and boasting more than 150,000 objects and specimens), opportunities for personal contact with Institute scientists and educators, and core science education based on State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. Busing and meals for all participating students are included and a significant series of evaluation tools will be used to measure the impact and outcome of the partnership. 

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for our middle school youngsters to bolster their knowledge and appreciation of science, engineering and technology at a nationally renowned institution,” said Superintendent Linda Thompson. “It is a comprehensive program that not only engages our students directly, but also engages their families and our teachers. So what you’ll have is a multiplier effect in science education that will yield tremendous benefits going forward.”

Thompson added: “We are extremely grateful to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for making this opportunity possible for our students, their families and our staff. We are equally grateful to Cranbrook for making its beautiful campus to available to us in this way.”

“This dynamic new partnership with Flint Community Schools further expands the Institute’s commitment to serving our region’s urban students, their faculty and their families,” said Dr. Michael Stafford, the Institute’s Director. “Flint’s students deserve rich opportunities to explore and become inspired by the increasingly scientific world around them. This new partnership will help that happen in ways few other districts in the country will be able to emulate.  We’re absolutely delighted to have the Flint Community Schools as a new and meaningful partner. So many thanks to the C.S. Mott Foundation for helping make our partnership come to life.” 

About Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook Institute of Science is open Tues.-Sat 10am-5pm, with extended hours on Friday until 10pm, and Noon-4pm on Sun.. Museum admission is $12.50 adults, $9.50 children 2-12 and senior citizens (65+); children under 2 and members admitted free. Friday evening admission 5-10pm, $5.50 Adults, $4.50 children ages 2-12 and seniors 65+, children under 2 and Members are free.  Planetarium and bat program tickets are $5 general admission; $5 for CIS and OBC members; $1 for children under 2.  Non-members must also pay museum admission. For more information about becoming a member of Cranbrook Institute of Science call 248 645.3200 or visit

About Flint Community Schools

Flint Community Schools, located in the city of Flint, Mich., is an urban public school system with about 9,000 students. Flint Community Schools has a long and rich tradition of community education. It offers numerous programs, activities and specialties for students and their parents. The district operates 19 campuses for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It also operates Mott Adult High School for students 16 and older and the GASC Technology Center, a state-of-the-art technology center that provides technically relevant instruction in a variety of career and vocational platforms to students in Genesee County. For more information about Flint Community Schools call 810-760-1000 or visit

About the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with 2011 year-end assets of approximately $2.13 billion, made 456 grants totaling $89.3 million. For more information, visit