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  • Michigan Tech’s NSBE Student Chapter Will Reach 1850 Grade 7-12 Students (Virtually!)

    Subject: National Society of Black Engineers

    Michigan Tech’s NSBE Student Chapter Will Reach 1850 Gr. 7-12 Students (Virtually!) in Detroit during 10th Annual Alternative Spring Break

    Eleven members of Michigan Technological University’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Pre-College Initiative (PCI) will present to EVERY middle & high school science class at Chandler Park Academy in Detroit. That is a total of 74 classes and 1850 students during their 10th Annual Alternative Spring Break in Detroit from March 8-10. Their mission– to encourage students to consider going to college and increasing the diversity of those entering the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career pipeline.

    NSBE Pre-College Initiative 2021 Alternative Spring Break will be virtual this year.

    The following NSBE students are participating:

    Andi Smith – Chemical Engineering
    Jasmine Ngene – Electrical Engineering
    Jalen Vaughn – Computer Engineering
    Kylynn Hodges – Computer Science
    George Ochieze – Mechatronics
    Catherine Rono- Biological Science
    Christiana Strong – Biomedical Engineering
    Trent Johnson – Computer Engineering
    Meghan Tidwell – Civil Engineering
    Oluwatoyin Areo- Chemical Engineering
    Kazeem Kareem – Statistics

    The NSBE classroom presentations are designed to engage and inspire diverse students to learn about and consider careers in engineering and science by interacting with ‘hometown’ role models (most of the participating NSBE students are from the Detroit area). These programs are designed to address our country’s need for an increased number and greater diversity of students skilled in STEM (math, science, technology, and engineering). This outreach is encouraged by the NSBE Professional Pre-College Initiative (PCI) program which supports and encourages K-12 participation in STEM.

    This MTU NSBE student chapter’s outreach effort is funded by General Motors and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and coordinated by the NSBE student chapter, with assistance from Joan Chadde, Director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach.

    High school students are informed of scholarships available to attend MTU’s Summer Youth Programs and high school STEM internship opportunities at MTU.

    For more information about the MTU-NSBE student chapter’s Alternative Spring Break, contact NSB-PCI student chapter coordinator, Andi Smith  or Joan Chadde, Director, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, Michigan Technological University by email: or call 906-369-1121.

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