Science Center Aims to Help Students Get in “Step” With State Test

M-STEP Prep Days are designed for fourth and seventh graders.

The Michigan Science Center is starting a new program next month to help students do better on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress [M-STEP]. In 2015, only 12 percent of Michigan fourth graders passed the science portion of the test, which replaced the Michigan Educational Assessment Program [MEAP] exam. The Science Center will host “M-STEP Prep Days” for fourth graders starting in February, and for seventh graders in March. Seun Phillips is the museum’s Vice President of Education and Engagement. He tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller there will be hands-on activities to help students learn and have fun. Click on the audio player to hear the conversation.

WHAT: M-STEP Prep Days.

WHERE: Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R, Detroit, (313) 577-8400 (option 5).

WHO: 4th and 7th graders.

WHY: To improve scores on the state’s standardized test.

WHEN: 9 a.m-noon on Feb. 22, Feb. 29, March 7, and March 21 for 4th graders; March 8 and 22 for 7th graders.

HOW MUCH: $10 per student.

Pat Batcheller



  • Pat Batcheller
    Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.