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David Robinson (MI '07)

Special Populations Coordinator

Northern High School
Durham, NC

At the time of the Award, David Robinson was:

Randolph Career and Technical High School
Detroit, MI

Subject(s) taught: Vocation/Technical Education
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

As program manager of the computer-aided drafting (CAD) program at Randolph Career and Technical High School in Detroit, David Robinson has helped students improve their academic achievement while designing everything from residences to recreation centers. Previously an engineer and project manager in the private sector, Robinson integrates core academics into a hands-on, project-based curriculum that helps students learn by doing. He coordinated the robotics program at Randolph for four years and served as animation coach for the award-winning U.S. First Robotics Team. He was instrumental in bringing students, teachers and community members together to construct a house on school property, which they donated to a low-income family. Robinson also worked with a team of students, historical preservationists and civic leaders to create a national model for saving local historical sites. A National Board Certified teacher, Robinson designed and developed a 36-week Saturday morning class to introduce high school students to careers in industrial design. Several graduates of this program now work in the product and transportation design industries.

Additional Information


1998 Wayne State University, M.A.

1986 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, B.S.