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.
“We are very proud of the positive impact that NSBE has made on thousands of African-American and other youth through SEEK over the past nine years,” said NSBE National Chair Neville Green. “SEEK helps young people envision the limitless possibilities of an exciting, fulfilling career in engineering, and it moves NSBE closer to our goal of graduating 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees, 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                                  Start Date                  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
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.” For more information, visit www.nsbe.org.