Black Engineers introduce students to STEM

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The University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University’s National Society of Black Engineers Chapters held a Science Technology Engineering and Math Fair last month titled “A Walk for Education.”

The STEM Fair was held on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, at the Swanson School of Engineering’s Benedum Hall and the O’Hara Student Center. This collaborative event between Pitt and Penn State was planned with high school students in mind.

There was a full day of activities, food and competitions to introduce students to educational opportunities and careers in the STEM fields.  Students had the chance to meet and talk with current STEM students, professionals in STEM industries and organizations, and participate in a hands on STEM competition.  The keynote speaker was Sossena Wood, national chairperson for the National Society of Black Engineers.

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WINNERS—From left: Shawn Della Clark, Jacob Howell and Shakita Trigg.

In an effort to make it a  family event, they also hosted a Parent Workshop that covered college planning and financial aid information. This workshop ran concurrent to the STEM Fair for students.  This free event for students, educators, mentors and parents, was sponsored by Siemens.

Students were enlightened as well as challenged, and walked away with a better understanding of the great opportunities available in the STEM fields.

(Feel free to view the website to learn more about Pitt NSBE http://www.pghnsbe-ae.org.)

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STUDENT COMPETITORS—Students paired up for the competition demonstrations at the O’ Hara Student Center.

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