On February 16, 2013 DIVAS for Social Justice participated in an Information Science and Engineering Fair, which was sponsored by National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The National Society of Black Engineers teaches young people how to succeed and thrive as students and later technical professionals. DIVAS was personally invited to the fair by NSBE Chapter Chair Ron Agard and Pre-College Initiative Chair George Davidson to attend the fair at New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan. Agard and Davidson are engineering students attending City College and NYU Poly in Brooklyn . While NSBE usually forms chapters in schools and colleges, Agard and Davidson will be working directly with DIVAS for Social Justice to help raise awareness towards the importance of enrichment STEM programming in communities of color. At the fair, our youth were able to build rollercoaster’s, create a robot from a toothbrush and a battery, learn about computer programming, create electric circuits and learn how to shoot light trails with a DSLR camera.
It was wonderful to see engineering students of color from City College, Columbia University, NYU Poly Prep and many more schools sharing their knowledge and giving back to their communities.
DIVAS for Social Justice looks forward to working with NSBE in preparing youth in underserved communities to be the technologists and creationists of tomorrow.