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The DMV NSBE, Jr. Chapter is a Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Program of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) which is designed to stimulate the interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM. The goal is to encourage students in grades K–12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees. Students are exposed to engineering through a year-round STEM program that includes competitions in robotics, wind turbine energy challenges, math and designing cities of the future.
Math is the basis of all things STEM. Without math proficiency students will have difficulty being successful in engineering, medicine & other STEM related endeavors. DMV NSBE, Jr. Chapter’s PCI program will provide activities to help students discover first-hand how math, engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork.
Please take a moment to learn more about us by exploring our website. We'd love to hear from you if you're interested in joining our DC Metro Area Chapter; Volunteering as a Mentor or Coach; being a Guest Speaker; or becoming a Sponsor!
Chapter Meetings: 1st Sunday of every month (5pm-6pm)
Do you teach or mentor 4th-12th graders who would benefit from exposure to enriching STEM experiences? Provide your scholars with an opportunity to experience the inspiration, excitement, and learning that comes from participating in a VEX IQ Challenge (4th-8th Grade) or on a VEX EDR Team, (8th-12th Grade). *You don’t have to be an engineer or have technical skills to start and organize a VEX Robotics Program.
The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC), presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC), is the largest and fastest growing robotics program globally, with more than 10,000 teams from 33 countries playing in over 750 tournaments worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game.
Companies like Northrop Grumman, Intel, Google and even NASA depend on a knowledgeable workforce that not only understands and can effectively use technology, but can engineer new technologies. These companies know that programs like VEX Robotics plays a valuable role in developing the next generation of STEM leaders. Let us help you change the face of STEM in the DC Metro Area... starting with your new robotics program! Contact us at (202) 800-4030 if your'e interested in starting a VEX Robotics Program or just a team or two.
Although she's one of Chapter Advisors & a coach to her daughter's First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Team, Dr. Aprille Ericsson is a talented Aerospace Engineer with NASA Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, MD.
As Vice President of Access & Success with The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Dr. Anderson served on a research team under the advisory of Dr. Karl Reid, Executive Director, National Society of Black Engineers presenting "A Snapshot of Diversity in Degrees Conferred in Engineering" a new study which looks at diversity in engineering.
Dr. Anderson shared, that "Ironically, while doing my research for this study, what I found showed me why programs like NSBE Jr are so vital for students of color - especially girls; further reinforcing my decision to ensure that my children were in this NSBE, Jr. chapter!"
Dr. Anderson uses his engineering skills to serve as one of our awesome parent coaches of his daughter's First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Teams.
Learn more in the December 2018 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Minorities Underrepresented in Earning Engineering Degrees.
Meet Noah Yared, son of DMV NSBE, Jr. Chapter Advisor, Sehine Gizaw. Noah is currently an Aerospace Engineering, Freshman at CalTech University and alumni of School Without Walls HS, in DC -
Class of 2018.
As a senior at Walls, Noah was extensively involved in STEM, having joined and gained leadership positions in nearly all the STEM clubs at Walls. Noah’s passion for STEM exceeded the walls of HS, with him taking classes with university students at George Washington University (GWU) while concurrently working with professors as a research assistant at the university’s transportation engineering lab to help develop intelligent driverless cars. His extensive involvement and avid work in STEM allowed him to hold several engineering internships at Yale University, As a QuestBridge Scholar, Noah received approximately $300,000 in scholarship to attend California Institute of Technology - Caltech, the 3rd highest ranked university in the world after Oxford and Cambridge.
Before heading off to CalTech, Noah was dedicated to helping our Chapter President start DMV NSBE, Jr.
Galactic Archaeology: Kirby Group at CalTech Noah's excited & looking forward to attending his 1st NSBE National Convention in Detroit, MI