The following information was provided by Nottingham vice-principal Ken Baxter: Last week 43 SCSD students competed at the national convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). This year’s convention was the second largest attended convention since its inception in 1975 and the second largest attendance as well for NSBE Jr members (elementary, middle, and high school students).
The students participated in the traditional math, science, and robotics competitions at the middle and high school levels the year, but there was a new competition that caught the attention of the schools at the Regional Conference: The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: NASCAR STEM Initiative. This competition is a league in which middle and high school students practice the art of being professionals. Young men and women, supported by a community of mentors and educators, collaborate and compete in ways that mirror business & marketing executives, engineers, technicians, green transportation designers and professional motorsports teams.
Middle school students in 6th – 8th grade compete using electric radio controlled (RC) cars to create products and work together in ways that parallel the arduous preparation of NASCAR teams in the weeks, months and years leading up to each race. Student teams showcase their work and compete over the internet, locally and nationally in categories including project management, race engineering, aerodynamic design, alternative energy, creative engineering and graphic design.
This year it was only offered to the middle school students, so we decided to enter a team into the challenge for the national competition at the convention. During the course of the preparation we were told there were 10 teams who had entered the challenge.
The results of the entire national convention, except the robotics competition, are attached. With the number of teams and the way it was judged the placing was not announced. Those standings will be fort coming.
Please congratulate the students on their accomplishments as well as the advisors for the hours that they put in helping to prepare the students for the competition. Thank you all for supporting the students as always, without you and encouraging them to participate the program would not continue to grow!
Results and participants are listed here: NSBE National 2013 Results