SEEK 2014


SEEK 2014
NSBE’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Grows in Impact and Popu

Students and mentors at the SEEK site in Chicago

Competitive spirit, teamwork and the joy of learning were evident in cities across the U.S., as more than 3,200 students in grades 3–6 and 9–12 participated in the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE’s) eighth annual Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK). SEEK teaches pre-college students about science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on engineering design activities led by NSBE collegiate “mentors.” The ultimate goal of SEEK is to increase the number of African-American K–12 students prepared for engineering programs in college.
SEEK’s free, three-week summer day programs were held in 11 cities this year, including Atlanta and Chicago, locations new to the program. SEEK Atlanta, which was for girls only, was sponsored by Nissan North America and B.L. Harbert International, LLC, and addressed the dearth of females in the field of engineering. GE, BP and McDonald’s sponsored SEEK Chicago, a pilot program with 150 students. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the program kickoff on July 7 and addressed the attendees. Three of NSBE’s founding “Chicago Six” — Edward A. Coleman, Brian Harris and George Smith — attended the event’s final day activities, where GE committed to support SEEK in Chicago for the next two years.
Members of NSBE’s National Executive Board set a new high this year for NEB participation in SEEK, visiting 10 of the 11 locations, working with the pre-college students, judging competitions and interviewing mentors to get their thoughts about how the program could be improved. NSBE’s Professionals Executive Board (PEB) also made a major impact. At the SEEK program in Washington, D.C., PEB members and other NSBE Professionals served as competition judges and spoke to the pre-college students about engineering careers.
The core curriculum for SEEK, called A World In Motion, was provided by NSBE’s longtime partner in the program, SAE International (the Society of Automotive Engineers). This summer saw the addition of other learning activities for the students: a rocket launch curriculum in seven cities, a CO2 dragster competition in six locations and a robotics competition in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. SEEK D.C. students also participated in a chemical engineering activity presented by the flavor and fragrance company Firmenich.
In addition to Atlanta, Chicago, D.C. and New Orleans, mentioned above, SEEK programs were held in Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Houston, Texas; Jackson, Miss.; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia, Pa., and San Diego, Calif. The programs in all of this year’s SEEK cities were for students in grades 3–5, with the exception of Oakland and New Orleans, where 3rd through 6th graders participated.
A pilot program for 50 students in grades 9–12 was sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C.
NSBE’s SEEK director, Franklin O. Moore, notes that there were waiting lists for participation in four SEEK programs this year: D.C., Detroit, Houston and San Diego.
“SEEK continues to grow in popularity,” Moore says. “We are ecstatic that we are able to offer the program to more students in more locations, in support of NSBE’s mission.”

SEEK 2014 Major Sponsors
B.L. Harbert International, LLC
CH2M Hill
Chevron Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
Nissan North America
Northrop Grumman Corporation
United States Coast Guard
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