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NSBE Mids Bring STEM Activities to Kids at DC Public Library

Posted on: January 10, 2014 08:00 EST by Sarah Durkin

On Saturday, November 23, 2013, a dedicated group of midshipmen turned a trip to the library into a hands-on STEM learning experience for dozens of excited children visiting the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC.

Ten midshipmen members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) spent Saturday afternoon at the library with about 30 young students, teaching them about science, technology, engineering, and math. The kids had the opportunity to build and launch model "Blue Angels" jet airplanes and rockets made out of straws. They also programmed calculator robots to successfully navigate a maze, and played with puzzles and strategy games. The students enjoyed interacting with the mids and learning about various STEM fields.

This event clearly supported the mission of NSBE, "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community." The midshipmen who participated in the event were pleased to be able to impact local children and raise excitement about STEM. The group is already planning their next local outreach event. 

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