The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) created the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) to address the underrepresentation of African-American students in STEM fields, so that the United States may remain competitive in today’s global economy. NSBE provides early STEM exposure to students beginning in 3rd grade through the 12th grade.
The SEEK Program succeeds in providing:
- Positive, African-American, collegiate NSBE members as role models
- Early exposure to math, science and engineering concepts
- Group-based learning projects, designed to maximize creativity and ingenuity
- Annual engagement
- No eligibility requirements
In 2007, the Battelle Memorial Institute awarded NSBE a founding grant that established the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids. The program’s mission was to increase minority elementary school students’ knowledge in math and science, interest in pursuing engineering careers, and educational aspirations. It currently has expanded to 17 sites in 16 cities across the United States and served more than 15,000 students. NSBE’s long-term goal is to contribute to producing 10,000 black bachelor’s degree recipients in engineering annually by 2025.
The Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program is one of the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) contributions to increasing the representation of black students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. This 3-week program is designed to expose black children to STEM fields as early as the 3rd grade and through 12th grade. Students participate from 8:30am – 3:30pm daily, giving each student 105 contact hours per summer. The program utilizes NSBE collegiate members as student mentors, the majority of whom are black and majoring in STEM fields.
The mission of the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids is “To increase elementary school students’ aptitude in math and science and their interest in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) career fields, by having them engage in interactive, team-based engineering projects.”
Dates: July 24th – August 11th, 2017
School: MacKenzie PreK-8 School
Address: 10147 West Chicago St. Detroit, MI 48204
Parent Orientation Date: July 18th at 6pm
SEEK Detroit Volunteer Commitment Form