NBSE Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Coming to 12 U.S. Cities This Year

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The National Society of Black Engineers’ SEEK Program Approaches Year Nine

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has announced the dates and locations for its 2016 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK). SEEK, founded in 2007, is the nation’s largest summer engineering program geared toward African-American pre-college students. SEEK’s free day programs will take place in June, July and August this year, at 14 sites in 12 cities across the U.S.

SEEK“The SEEK program continues to serve a critical need in communities across the country” said NSBE National Chair Matthew Nelson. “SEEK is the premier platform to provide early exposure to engineering as a potential pathway to academic and professional success. The program is pivotal in our strategy to help graduate 10,000 black undergraduate engineers annually by 2025.”
SEEK participants engage in team-based, competitive engineering design activities and learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts, under the guidance of “SEEK mentors,” NSBE collegiate members from across the U.S. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the number of college engineering students and engineering professionals among African Americans, a community that is greatly underrepresented in this field.

More than 15,000 students in grades 3–12, more than 20,000 parents and more than 2,500 mentors have participated in SEEK since its launch in Washington, D.C., nine years ago. The engineering design activities for the children and teens are provided by SAE International — NSBE’s curriculum partner in SEEK since 2007 — and by other organizations.

SEEK has benefited from a broad base of sponsors over the years, including some of the most well-known names in American industry.

“This year, because of the generosity of our sponsors, more than 3,500 students will participate in SEEK programs, nationwide,” said NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “Many of these young people would not otherwise have an opportunity to learn about STEM during the summer. By supporting SEEK, our sponsors, as well as our SEEK parents, mentors and volunteers, are increasing the proficiency of African Americans in STEM and increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. workforce of the future.”

A listing of the SEEK programs for 2016 follows. More information about SEEK is available at www.nsbe.org/seek.

Current Cities With Start Date and End Date

Atlanta, Ga. June 13 July 1

Birmingham, Ala. June 6 June 24

Chicago, Ill. July 18 August 5

Denver, Colo. (Site 1) July 18 August 5

Denver, Colo. (Site 2) June 20 July 8

Detroit, Mich. July 25 August 12

Houston, Texas June 13 July 1

Jackson, Miss. June 6 June 24

Lancaster, Texas June 13 July 29

Los Angeles, Calif. July 11 July 29

New Orleans, La. June 6 June 24

Philadelphia, Pa. July 25 August 12

Washington, D.C. July 18 August 5