APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
NSBE and its partners will introduce at least 100,000 children from underrepresented groups to engineering in an academy-style setting that places children as early as third grade directly under the mentorship of minority college students who are currently pursuing engineering degrees. The free three week academies are in session for 8 hours each day. The collegiate mentors will be trained on the curriculum by its developers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE Each mentor will be paid a stipend of $2,000, plus living expenses, travel to the academies and food will be paid by NSBE. Summer academies are installed directly into existing community or school facilities where these students live. The camp sites will be chosen based upon funder's recommendations and the size of the minority student population. A curriculum called World of Motion developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers that celebrates engineering will be used as the primary curriculum for the SEEK camps. NSBE will work with local school officials and community leaders to promote SEEK. Each camp will host 300 children.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
SEEK Academies will be installed in ten cities in the United States during the first year of the commitment. Each camp will host up to 300 children. During the second year of the commitment, NSBE will add an additional 10 cities, and expand the academies within the original 10 cites with additional age group, i.e., the first year 3-5 grade camps, the next year 6-8 grade camps will be added. The expansion will continue until 40 camp sites are open, with programs for students in grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12. New sites will be announced as soon as funding and logistics are secured.
Minority students are significantly underrepresented in engineering fields. Among many challenges, these minority students do not have the chance to experience the wonders of engineering as a possible career and the students and their families rarely see role models in these fields. The SEEK summer camps provide a vehicle for addressing both.
NSBE would like to scale the SEEK Program nationally. From the inception of the program, NSBE has been able to expand from one city in 2007 to 16 cities in 2015. With this expansion, the organization will have to position the financial commitments to support the cities in which the program is offered. SEEK is reaching undeserved students who may not have the opportunity to experience STEM as other students may have and NSBE would like to continue offering the program to as many students as possible.