Middle School Summer Challenge completes summer of engaged learning for nearly 500 AAPS students

Two two-week sessions boosted STEM, literacy skills

Nearly 500 Ann Arbor middle schoolers completed this year’s Middle School Summer Challenge program, strengthening skills in STEM and literacy over two intensive two-week sessions.

Students showcased projects on the last day, including podcasts they created and presented for their peers to hear, mousetrap cars they raced, and paper airplanes they soared outside.

“Over the last four weeks, students from every AAPS elementary and middle school have participated,” said Principal Stephan Hogan. “They’ve built relationships and worked with our incredible staff to develop literacy, STEM, problem-solving, and critical thinking abilities.”

The goal of the annual program is to support rising 6th through 8th graders in extending knowledge and confidence in key subject areas through an interdisciplinary, culturally responsive curriculum. The activities provide hands-on learning to equip students for the next academic level.

The free program took place at Pioneer High School and ran in two identical one-week blocks.

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