Photo above is of SEEK students in San Diego preparing for a competition, by releasing their fuel cell cars, at Lincoln High. (Amy McDonald/U-T San Diego)
On January 17, 2017, The National Science Foundation gave the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and its partners, Purdue University and Virginia Tech, a $2 million award to expand and enhance NSBE’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program.
“We look forward to the knowledge that will be gained from this project and to the positive results we will see for aspiring African-American, Latino and women engineers,” says NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid.
A three-year $1.08 million award component, and the largest federal grant in the Society’s history, that went to NSBE is from the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.
ITEST ‘s goal is to bolster “K – 12 students’ motivation and participation in STEM.
[Watch a video of past SEEK summer programs.]
What is the SEEK program?
SEEK engages mostly third-to-fifth grade students in a three-week summer day program that offers hands-on, team-based engineering design projects led by collegiate mentor-teachers, many of whom are members of NSBE.
[Check out last summer’s curriculum.]
Updates for 2017:
– Registration began in January 2017 for select cities. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for that list.
– You MUST create an account and confirm the account via a working email address.
– You can register more than one student under one account.
The cities involved are Detroit, Houston, Jackson, MS, Kansas City, MO, Dallas, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Sacramento, and Washington, DC. http://www.nsbe.org/Seek/Schedule.aspx
The NSBE-Purdue-Virginia Tech project, which began last September, is called “Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences.”
The partnership uses the grant to expand the SEEK program from 14 sites and 3,825 students in grades 3 – 5 in 2016 to 31 sites and 27,000 African-American, Hispanic and female third through fifth graders across the U.S., by 2019.
What is NSBE?
The National Society of Black Engineers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group owned and managed by its members. NSBE has over 30,000 members globally. It is one of the US’s largest student-governed organizations.
What is the NSF:
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all science and engineering fields. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions.
Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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