Michigan Tech Students Head to Detroit for Alternative Spring Break

Michigan Tech NSBE students Family Engineering session at classroom in Detroit in 2012: The NSBE student group will visit classrooms to talk about engineering as a career and going to college.  Their presentation is designed to be interactive and for a classroom size group. There will be 5 teams of 2 NSBE students available to visit classrooms.  The presentation is geared toward middle/high school students.


Reggie Hicks

Engineering Management

Taylor Driscoll

Mechanical Engineering

Niekeiya Williams

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Osy Onyegbula (Nigeria)

Chemical Engineering.

Charles Sallie


Ellesse Bess

Chemical Engineering

Clarence Hardwick

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Darlene Eppes

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Wilbel Brewer (Liberia)

Chemical Engineering

Donte Gillom

Software Engineering



More about Alternative Spring Break

From a Tech Today article by by Travis Gendron, student intern

Ten members of the Michigan Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will spend their spring break in Detroit, working to inspire younger students to explore engineering as a career option. For eight of them, it’s a trip home, since they attended Detroit schools. The other two students are from Africa.

These engineering advocates will visit middle and high schools to talk about their experiences and to encourage students to check out the world of engineering.

“The goal is to show these kids that college is attainable by having them talk with students who share some of their experiences and have done it,” said Joan Chadde, education program coordinator for the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech.

But the Tech students will do much more than talk—they’ll bring hands-on activities to Family Engineering Night events at some of the schools, as well as share inspiring personal experiences. Activities include “Mining for Chocolate,” “Brainsaver” and “Launcher,” enabling the whole family to participate and get inspired by engineering.

“This is a great way to increase diversity on our campus, but more importantly, to have students who can relate to these kids and show them that a college education and a career in STEM is possible for them,” said Chadde.



Family Engineering – NSBE-Michigan Tech Student Chapter Alternative Spring Break: Tues-Friday, March 12-15, 2013




AM Presentations

PM  Presentations

Family Engin Night - School Contacts

Tues, March 12

Western High School

Clippert Academy 6-8

Principal: Ms. Kim Gonzalez 
Science Teacher: Tracy Ortiz  
Event Time: 3:15-5 pm 

Wed, March 13

Frederic Douglass
High School

Ludington Magnet Middle School 5-8

Principal: Ms. Alora Comer
Science Teacher: Joy Reynolds 
Event Time: 4:30-7 pm 

Thurs, March 14

Detroit International Academy for Young Women

Carver Academy PK-8

Principal: Ms. Sabrina Evans
Science Teacher: Lynn Chudy
Event Time: 3-6 pm 

Friday, March 15

Martin L. King High School






2012 Michigan Tech NSBE Powerpoint Presentation
and a Video Clip

View the Ispring Video version of slide show above using movie controils at bottom of screen

or View the PDF version

Michigan Tech Students at Detroit Alternative Spring Break Youtube Video Link
A presentation for the Michigan Tech Center for Diversity and Inclusion Board Meeting


For more information about Family Engineering, contact Joan Chadde, K-12 program coordinator, at 487-3341 or at jchadde@mtu.edu .

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