Community outreach

Museums

 

Planetarium

The WSU Planetarium is an astronomical education resource for Wayne State students and the larger Detroit community. The planetarium features weekly fulldome screenings open to the public, K-12 school groups, and special interest groups to learn about the planets, our solar system, stars, galaxies, and other wonders of the universe.

 

Geology Mineral Museum

Detroit's first geology mineral museum is home to over 350 artifacts on display spanning a collection of nearly 50 agates from across the globe. The museum also features a private collection once owned by Thomas Edison and a display of antique miners' lamps dating as far back as the 1800s.

Open Fridays, 5 – 7 p.m., and by appointment. Located in the lower level of Old Main, suite #0205.

Article: Wayne State University opens Detroit's first Geology Mineral Museum

 

Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology

As an educational and research component of the Department of Anthropology, the central mission of the Grosscup Museum of Anthropology is to train and actively involve WSU students in the activities of preservation, research, interpretation, and exhibition of material culture for the benefit and enrichment of the local community.

 

Natural History Museum

The Wayne State Museum of Natural History houses the largest collection of vertebrate specimens on campus featuring exotic species on display from all over the world. The museum offers guided tours for classes and families interested in learning about the natural history and other topics such as diversity in nature adaptation, Michigan plants and animals, evolution and extinction, animal classification, and taxidermy.

 

Engagement programs

 

Math Corps

The Corps is a combined academic and mentoring program for Detroit public school students in grades 6 – 12. It features a summer camp, year-round Saturday programs, and enrichment courses for elementary school children. The program's success was featured in the Emmy-winning documentary, It All Adds Up.

 

Camp Cosmos

Hosted by the WSU Planetarium, Camp Cosmos is a two-week summer astronomy/physics day camp designed for student ages 12 – 15 (suggested grades 7 – 10).

 

Community Writing @ Wayne

This community-based writing program is led by faculty and graduate students committed to effecting social change by teaching and researching literate practices in local communities.

150 years in the heart of Detroit