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Ref: Kellogg Recreational Center at
Dear Honorable Members:
By way of introduction I am Jim Ross, president of 21st Century Digital Learning Environments.
Our company is a leading-edge creator and developer of digital educational learning environments with a particular emphasis on K-12 education and the urgent transformative issues facing our traditional classroom educators as they migrate to competitive 21st Century digital methodologies and modalities.
For the past year we have embedded ourselves at
It is as an extension on behalf of these seminal efforts and some resultant outcomes that I am writing to you today. This past year has been characterized by an exhaustive investigation of the innate challenges facing today’s educators, students and parents in our public education institutions as they engage in the daunting task of educational reinvention. Further, the hallmarks of this task have only been exacerbated by the urgency of the now all too familiar global competitiveness and economic pressures being exerted on our nation as a whole and not coincidentally on our state in particular.
The year has been an illuminating journey recently culminating in a National Science Foundation (NSF) ITEST Grant proposal in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The tenants of the pending NSF Grant proposal (enclosure document) are regional (
21st Century Digital Learning Environments is the NSF ITEST Grant designated liaison to business, industry and government and it is with this NSF Grant initiative in mind that I am contacting this honorable body. Please suspend your current understanding of traditional recreation centers for the moment and imagine the following scenario;
Kellogg Recreational Centerat Euler Lakereinvents itself and becomes the student-centered for K-12 Education & Innovation Southeastern Michigan Regional STEM Center
- The initial partners in this regional endeavor include the National Science Foundation, the
Universityof Michigan-Dearborn, City of Detroit, Detroit Public Schools, Oakland Schools, and all other K-12 education entities seeking STEM-focused technological solutions and engagement opportunities Macomb Schools
- This regional partnership would be supported by private industry, business, government and the non-profit sectors which are themselves all currently struggling with similar resultant global competitiveness challenges that will require a technologically prepared workforce
would provide technologically-connected, real-world, immersive environments in the emergent arena’s of alternative energy (Solar, Wind, Water), bio-technologies(alternative fuels, etc.???), nano-technologies(health, etc.???), robotics (???) environmental issues(global warming, etc.), research and development of 21st Century K-12 Instructional Technologies (Methodologies, Modalities, Curriculum Development, Professional Staff Development, etc.) and would also serve as an accelerated incubator for discoveries as yet unimagined. Additionally, the outstanding natural occurring resources (forest, lake and solitude) represented by Euler Lake are in it’s own right a unique scientific laboratory while also allowing for the creation of a dynamic technological learning environment that provides an appropriate backdrop conducive to deep-study and reflection which are the baseline elements for all creativity and innovation Regional STEM Center
Today we must prepare our students to be technologically savvy critical thinkers, problem solvers…….life-long learners………….
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