Gear Up for NSBE’s 2017 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Program

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The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will be hosting its 2017 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program across 15 US cities. The program is in its 11th year and is the nation’s largest summer engineering program geared towards African-American youth.

Recently, the National Science foundation stepped in to help assist in further expanding the program with a three year ,$2 million grant to both NSBE and its project partners, Purdue University and Virginia Tech. The grant will be used to expand the SEEK program’s reach to 27,000 third through fifth grade African-American, Hispanic, and female students across 31 sites by 2019.

NSBE Executive Director Karl Reid, Ed.D serves as the principal investigator of the NSBE Purdue-Virginia Tech Project titled “Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African-Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences.” The project will ultimately measure:

  • the effectiveness of SEEK in improving the students’ STEM-related skills, attitudes and knowledge
  • the relationship of those qualities to the students’ academic motivation
  • the effect of organizational context factors on the students’ STEM experiences and outcomes.

“We look forward to the knowledge that will be gained from this project and to the positive results we will see for aspiring engineers,” said Dr. Reid.

About the Program

Initially launched in 2007, SEEK is a program that occurs during June, July, and August across 16 sites in 15 cities at various local elementary and middle schools. With a fun and engaging educational experience, SEEK utilizes a hands-on curriculum. Students work together in teams using their knowledge to solve  problems and create products, all while discovering underlying math and science principles in the process.

City Start Date End Date
Atlanta, GA (female only) June 12 June 30
Birmingham, AL June 12 June 30
Chicago, IL July 17 August 4
Detroit, MI July 24 August 11
Houston, TX June 12 June 30
Jackson, MS (female only) June 26 July 14
Kansas City, MO June 5 June 23
Los Angeles, CA June 26 July 14
New Orleans, LA June 12 June 30
Oakland, CA June 19 July 7
Pittsburgh, PA July 3 July 21
Sacramento, CA – Twin Rivers June 19 July 7
Sacramento, CA – Sac City July 17 August 4
Saginaw, MI July 24 August 11
Sorrento, LA July 10 July 28
Washington, D.C. July 24 August 11

About NSBE

NSBE is a nonprofit organization founded in 1975 with a mission “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.” The organization boasts more than 500 chapters and nearly 16,000 active members and offers support by promoting aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals.

Follow this link To register for NSBE’s SEEK program: http://applyseek.nsbe.org/

For more information on NSBE, follow this link to the NSBE national homepage.

Original source: African American News

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