ESD Boys in Engineering Academy

The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Boys in Engineering Academy (BEA) program is a transformative space that empowers primarily boys of color, historically marginalized in STEM fields, to live their best lives. BEA is unique as it focuses on the whole person by integrating STEM learning with a student-centered, hands-on, and project-based approach. BEA scholars are provided access to powerful STEM learning experiences that challenge them to think deeply and critically. As STEM learners, they are empowered to use STEM as a tool for personal and social change.  

ESD will select up to 30 new applications for rising sixth grade middle school boys to participate in this learning program. 

BEA Features:

  • Education about what engineers do.  
  • Instructors who are engineering students and university professors.  
  • Workshops in STEAM.  
  • Hands-on experience designing engineering projects.  
  • Field trips to Engineering Facilities and other STEM-related places.  
  • Courses held on university campuses.  

Program Registration
January 15 – May 1, 2024

Summer Program Dates/Times
July 8 – August 2, 2024 
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Academic Year Program Dates
October 2024 – May 2025 
16 Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

The summer program engages students over a four-week period, from 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday. 

The academic program meets two Saturdays a month October through May for three-hour sessions focusing primarily on material retention and comprehension.  

During the first year of the program, students will receive education in these five fields: 

    • Mathematics (pre-algebra) 
    • Computer Science (hands-on programming projects)  
    • Mechanical Engineering/Physics 
    •  Drone Technology 
    • English/Language Arts  

Students in the BEA program have access to college engineering students that can act as mentors and tutors to help with their school and BEA work. The BEA program provides math and science enrichment, engineering and computer science concepts, English/Language Arts comprehension, hands-on project-based STEM activities, mentoring, field trips to industry, and engineering career exploration.  

How To Apply?
Applications will be accepted from February 1 – May 1, 2024. Follow the links on this page. 

When Will Applicants Be Notified?
The Engineering Society of Detroit will notify applicants of their acceptance or wait-list status after May 2, 2024.  We will not be able to respond to status requests before this date. A down payment of $100 will be required to apply. If denied, down payment will be refunded. Please provide a frequently checked email or cell phone (text) number on the application. 

What Is The Cost?
$300 per year 

Who Is eligible for The Boys in Engineering Academy Program?
Current 5th grade male students who are interested in STEAM and are passionate about learning.  

Meet the BEA Team:

Dr. Gerald Thompkins, Program Director
248-353-0735, Ext. 139
248-353-0736 FAX

Alexandra Lofton, Program Manager
248-353-0735, Ext. 161

Jazalyn Williams, Program Coordinator
248-353-0735, Ext. 128

Applications for 2024-2025 are due May 1, 2024.


To make a BEA payment, enter the student and parent names, press “Pay Now,” then check out. On the next screen, you will be able to enter an amount.


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