Thinkabit Lab

The Thinkabit Lab is a multi-year collaboration between Qualcomm and the University of Michigan College of Engineering  to provide STEM experiences to youth in the Detroit and Southeast Michigan area.  This program expands on the work of the MEZ by reaching students at a younger age and helping them develop a love for STEM through fun and engaging projects.

In addition, the Thinkabit Lab is able to inspire students year around by working not only will local schools, but with summer programs as well.

Typical Day

Students will arrive at the Detroit Center in the morning. After receiving their personalized badge, they will enter the World of Work where through interactive activities they will learn about the large variety of careers available in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Business. Including activities that can help them think about what types of careers could be right for them. A lunch will then be provided.

In the afternoon, the students will be led through a hands on projects by a trained, experienced Thinkabit coordinator.

During this experience students will learn basic programming, problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking skills, while also being introduced to the unique and innovative ways that the concepts in the STEM fields can be used.

Facts and Figures

  • This lab can serve up to 30 students a day, 3 days a week.
  • In one year, the Lab will be able to interact with over 3, 000 students.
  • The Detroit location is one of 3 Qualcomm Thinkabit Labs across the nation, putting it at the forefront of this great program.
  • Backed by a proven curriculum with over 8 years of development.

Benefits of Thinkabit Lab

  • Hands-on activities that allow students to develop unique, programmable creations.
  • A fun and engaging environment where students are encouraged to be creative and imaginative.
  • Projects that help develop a student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Career exploration in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • An accessible and affordable science experience for youth in the Detroit and Southeast Michigan area.
  • An opportunity for youth to explore their career interests and options well before the pivotal high school years.

For more information, contact:


University of Michigan

CoE Office of Student Affairs

Detroit Center,  Suite 100

3663 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48201