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