June 7th, 2017

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

On Monday, June 5th, five teams presented their 10-week long buoyancy projects, in which students worked with Cooper Standard volunteers to build and print 3D boat models. The teams, Making Waves, Rich & Famous Boats, The Jays, Cadillacs, and River Renegades, were comprised of our 7th and 8th grade students. Each team was given 10 minutes to present their Continue Reading

S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center Students Selected for Kettering University's AIM summer program May 25th, 2017

Academically Interested Thanks to Cooper Standard

Promise Hunter and Christian Hill, seniors at Voyageur High School and participants in our Knowledge-for-College (KFC) college preparatory program were accepted into Kettering University’s AIM program. The AIM, or Academically Interested Minds, is a pre-college summer residency program for students interested in science, engineering, math, and business. They are sponsored by Cooper Standard, whose representatives Continue Reading

April 22nd, 2017

Busy Learning Bees

This week at S.A.Y. Play, like many weeks before, saw our students working hard to become great readers and great people. Check out the highlights below. Monday, April 17 Every other Monday, 10 volunteers from Cooper Standard work with our 7th and 8th graders in Science in The DEEP. They’ve been working on a buoyancy project Continue Reading

April 1st, 2017

Catching up on Robotics with Frog Force 503

The S.A.Y. Play Robotics program launched in 2016 with the assistance of Frog Force 503, a volunteer extension of the Novi, Michigan-based high school FIRST Robotics team founded in 2001. Frog Force has provided S.A.Y. Play critical technical expertise and experience in the FIRST robotics program. With their help, three FLL (FIRST LEGO League) teams and two FTC Continue Reading

March 15th, 2017

Robots and SATs and Learning, Oh My!

At today’s KFC (Knowledge for College) session, students played an S.A.T. version of money ball, during which our instructor connected (SMALL) monetary prizes (of his donation) with correct answers in their S.A.T. prep . The lesson here today was to show how investing in their college entrance exams–and preparing properly for them–will help them earn admission Continue Reading

March 10th, 2017

Hayes a Finalist for Coach of the Year

We at S.A.Y. Detroit Play are proud to share that Derrick Hayes, Director of Culture and Partnerships, has been nominated as a finalist in the 2017 Pistons Academy Awards for Jr. NBA Coach of the Year. The Pistons Academy of Youth Basketball was founded in 2012 to deliver the best of youth basketball programs in Detroit. Continue Reading

December 21st, 2016

S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays everyone! Just a quick reminder of our upcoming holiday hours. Thank you to everyone for an unforgettable 2016. We wish you a warm, safe, and wonderful holiday and we will see you all in 2017!

December 12th, 2016

S.A.Y. Play Closed Monday

Due to the large amounts of snow we received last night, S.A.Y. Play will be closed today. We will reopen tomorrow at our regularly scheduled hours. Enjoy your day off and drive safely!

First LEGO League Qualifier at Michigan Science Center November 22nd, 2016

Weekend Robotics Warriors

Saturday, November 12 was an exciting day for three Warriors teams who competed in the FIRST LEGO League qualifier event, hosted at the Michigan Science Center. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, 24 teams from 14 cities in southeast Michigan took part. In the 2016-2017 qualifying tournament system, teams received one robotics challenge and one project Continue Reading

October 18th, 2016

Our Snack Cabinet Just Got Bigger

Peter Andoni, co-owner of Shield’s Pizza and a longtime supporter of S.A.Y. Detroit, took a tour of our S.A.Y. Play Center at Lipke Park today for the first time and made a large donation for the students who attend the center after school. Peter has a new product that’s out in stores now — it’s Continue Reading