The Budding Engineers Club of The Bahamas Society of Engineers (GBI) recently traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the 43rd National Society of Black Engineers Convention.
The convention was held from March 29 to April 2, 2017.
Trenicka Rolle, President and Co-founder of The Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement (BETA) organization accompanied the Budding Engineers, who represent various high schools on-island inclusive of Bishop Michael Eldon School (BMES), Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy, Sunland Baptist Academy (SBA) and Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Academy (MSSCA) stating, “The 43rd National Society of Black Engineers Convention provides high school and college students, as well as professionals with the opportunity to network and share new and advancing ideas with the spectrum of the field of engineering.
“During the high school segment of the convention students were afforded the opportunity to participate in two competitions; TriMathlon and TEN80 Student Racing Challenge in which they had to re-engineer a radio controlled race car,” Rolle explained.
“The Budding Engineers Club (Bahamas) competed against other chapters from throughout the United States of America (USA) and Canada expanding their knowledge, flexing their problem-solving skills (from a Science, Technology, Engineering, Communications and Mathematics standpoint) and showcasing their intellectual prowess in spite of the fact they are natives of a small country.
“Definitely there is a need for more engineers in The Bahamas as well as the involvement of more young people in science, technology, engineering, communications and mathematics, and the 43rd National Society of Black Engineers Convention provides them with even greater exposure as well as hands-on experience for them to garner a clearer understanding of engineering and choose a career path in the industry.”
Grand Bahama Island is the “industrial capital” of The Bahamas comprising a myriad of engineering corporations, hence Rolle believes more emphasis needs to be placed on bringing up the next generation of engineering professionals to fill the gaps that exist in the sector.
Twenty-four Budding Engine-ers were happy to attend a College and Career Fair during the 43rd National Society of Black Engineers Convention and according to Sunland Baptist Academy Gr. 12 student Langton Bain, “Attending the 43rd National Society of Black Engineers Convention was a phenomenal experience as I was exposed to multiple engineering colleges, corporations and professionals from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Firefox, University of Missouri College of engineering, UC Santa Barbara College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Case Western Reserve University Online Engineering, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Howard University, Acadia University among many others.
“The information provided by representatives of each college and corporation definitely help me to narrow down the engineering field I would like to pursue tertiary studies in, which of course is Acadia University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.
“Participating in the TriMathlon and TEN80 Student Racing Challenge was an incredible experience and I am thankful that I was afforded this amazing opportunity.”
Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Academy (MSSCA) Gr. 12 student Gabrielle Edwards also enjoyed her experience at the convention informing this daily that it was fantastic.
Edwards attended the 42nd National Society of Black Engineers Convention in Boston, Massachusetts last year and shared that this year’s convention exceeded her expectations, as she was able to establish a connection with one of several colleges that piqued her interest.
“Bio-medical Engineering is the field of study I am most interested and being able to attend the 43rd National Society of Black Engineers Convention and form a connection with one of the colleges I would like to attend has been an awe-inspiring experience.
“Certainly, I am closer to my tertiary studies goal and exposure to various corporations in my field of interest has been simply terrific,” Edwards said.
Cynymon Colebrook, a Sunland Baptist Academy Gr. 12 student captured the attention of several universities during her participation in the 43rd National Society of Black Engineers Convention TriMathlon and TEN80 Student Racing Challenge, which has made her father V.C. Colebrook extremely proud as the exposure she gained has also brought her closer to realizing her collegiate dreams as well.
“The entire experience was enlightening and refreshing especially as many of the Budding Engineers Club members are graduating high school and are hoping to earn scholarships to the college of their choice.
“Definitely, I was able to be guided along the right path to pursue my passion in the engineering field as well as challenge my comfortability as it relates to other engineering science, technology, communication and mathematically areas,” said Colebrook, who also received recognition for academic achievements.
The Budding Engineers Club of the Bahamas Society of Engineers (GBI) returned home to a hero’s welcome at the Grand Bahama Domestic Airport Terminal on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 and Rolle looks forward to the growth of the club members whom she revealed were great ambassadors for Grand Bahama and The Bahamas at large.
Published Friday, April 6, 2017