The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Junior Bahamas Chapter is gearing up for a conference in Kansas City, Missouri to compete in the 1080 Student Racing Challenge this week.
Trenicka Rolle, Chapter Advisor spoke with this daily over the weekend (Saturday, March 18) about the club and its upcoming trip.
“We are the first charter chapter for the National Society of Black Engineers and this year we are attending the conference in Kansas City, Missouri from March 27 to April 3,” she revealed.
Rolle explained that during the competition students would have a kit that enables them to build a radio control race car that operates on speed, drive and power.
“We also have a team that is competing on a trimathalon, which is a three part Math competition. So, they go head-to-head against some other schools in the U.S.,” she said.
Rolle, a former Sunland teacher and PharmaChem engineer added that the entire goal of the chapter is to expose local high school students to science, technology, engineering and math otherwise known as STEM education. “They would get a more hands-on experience and have a better understanding as to why these subjects are so important for the world we live in today.”
She noted that there are currently 26 students in the chapter, but only 23 of them would be traveling for the competition. The students attend various high schools on the island, including Bishop Michael Eldon School, Jack Hayward High School and Sunland Baptist Academy.
“They are definitely excited. For some of them this is their second time, because we would’ve taken the first set of students from Bishop Michael Eldon and Sunland last year to Boston,” she said.
Rolle added that during that previous trip the students only observed, but this year they wanted to get them involved in competing.
She expressed appreciation for the sponsorship the charter received from Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) and hopes that such support would spark the student’s interest in engineering even more.
Rolle is also the Co-founder of Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement, BETA Camp, which was where some of the students in the chapter came from.
Published Tuesday, March 28, 2017