In school, spring break is often a time to escape academic rigors and refresh oneself in order to get ready for finishing the semester. However, for some Michigan Technological University students, Spring Break can also provide an opportunity to perform community service.
During this year’s break, nine members of the Michigan Tech National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Pre-College Initiative student chapter at Michigan Tech traveled to Detroit to conduct STEM education & outreach in six elementary, middle and high schools. NSBE’s Alternative Spring Break program, now in its 7th year, has become a tradition. This year’s program was generously funded with corporate support from the John Deere Foundation.
The NSBE college students’ activities included:
- Making presentations to nearly 1000 middle school and high school students about going to college and pursuing STEM majors;
- Conducting Family Engineering events at three K-8 schools for 200+ students and their families.
“The teachers and students both thought the presentations were great and want to invite the students back.” – Kenyano Jones, Principal Detroit Collegiate Preparatory School at Northwestern