Michigan Tech NSBE students participate in 3rd annual Alternative Spring Break

Michigan Tech NSBE students Family Engineering session at classroom in Detroit shown here in file photo from 2014
Michigan Tech NSBE students Family Engineering session at classroom in Detroit shown here in a photo from 2014

Anza Mitchell Channel 7 News Detroit Interview

Students from the Michigan Tech National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) visited seven middle and high schools in Detroit over their Spring Break, March 11-14, 2014, to promote college and engineering to K-12 students. In the evenings, they conducted Family Engineering Night events at three K-8 schools. NSBE’s Alternative Spring Break is conducted in collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools Office of Science and the Detroit Math & Science Center, and funded in part, with a grant from John Deere.

WXYZ Channel 7 news in Detroit aired a feature story about an interview with Michigan Tech NSBE student chapter members in Detroit,  working to motivate middle and high school students in Detroit schools to see college in their futures and to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

View the WXYZ Detroit News Segment here!

Read more about these and other student Spring Break projects: "Spring Break for Students Who'd Rather Do than Bask".

Contact Joan Chadde, Michigan Tech, 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu.


Read Comments from Parents:

We had a fantastic time being civil engineers designing & building a bridge with marshmellows & toothpicks! Thanks for thinking of us and bringing Michigan Tech to Bates! They were wonderful! When I was at Golightly, we had Family Engineering Night and it was a hit. Hopefully, Bates can make it an annual event! Please make sure you pass on the praises to the Michigan Tech folks. Have a great afternoon!

Thanks so much again!!!! Andrea Henson


Family Engineering Michigan Tech NSBE Student Chapter
3rd Annual Alternative Spring Break in Detroit: March 11-14, 2014



AM Presentation –

School & Contact

PM  Presentations &

Family Engineering Event


March 11

Western High School


Bates K-8 Academy


Thurs, March 13

Ben Carson High School

Spain Elementary


Friday, March 14

ML King High School


Family Engineering Activities & Presenters ~




DPS School attended



Blast Off


Taylor Driscoll


Cass Tech HS, Spain (Detroit)


Mechanical Engineering



Windy Towers

(Geological/civil )

Simisola Arogundade




Geophysical Engin M.S.


Give Me A Hand?


Anza Mitchell


Mechanical Engineering



Building Bridges


Samantha Fentress

Sam Adegun

Univ. HS Academy (Southfield)


Geological Engineering

Elec Engineering


Bright Ideas


Darlene Eppes


Foch MS, Cass Tech (Detroit)


Elec Engineering





The following information from previous years explains the program.

Archive: 2012 Michigan Tech NSBE Powerpoint Presentation
and a Video Clip

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

or View the PDF version

Michigan Tech Students at Detroit Alternative Spring Break in 2012 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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