2016 NSBE Summer Engineering Experience For Kids (SEEK) To Enhance STEM Education For New Orleans Children
NEW ORLEANS — The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with support from Chevron, is hosting its free 2016 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) in New Orleans. The program, which is taking place Mondays through Fridays through Friday, June 24, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Schaumburg Elementary School, 9501 Grant St., will offer an opportunity for 350 students in and around the greater New Orleans area to be immersed in a STEM environment for three weeks, which equates to over 100 contact hours of STEM experiences per child.
At SEEK, students in grades 3 through 6 engage in team-based, competitive engineering design activities and learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts under the guidance of 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.
Mike Illanne, Vice President of Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit said, “Supporting SEEK is part of Chevron’s on-going commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in the region. We must continue to provide students early exposure to STEM in order to foster a passion for learning and provide for their future success. We’re proud to support this program.”
“This year, more than 3,500 students will participate in SEEK programs across the country, many who would not otherwise have an opportunity to learn about STEM during the summer,” said NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “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.”
Founded in 2007, SEEK is the nation’s largest summer engineering program geared toward African-American pre-college students.
Founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student- governed organizations based in the United States. With more than 31,000 members and more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professional and positively impact the community.”