Through a Nor’easter Storm to Explore Robotics Engineering with Local Kids

They made it!

Access Education’s Gwen Brantley traveled with a bus load of students, in a snowstorm, to participate in the 44th Annual National NSBE Convention.

This is her 13th year of bringing students to this convention, every year in a different state.

“It’s an incredibly inspiring thing to be able to work to affect so much positive change in the life of so many students,” Brantley said. “To see the skills they’ve learned at Access, especially their newfound proficiency in the STEM fields, is worth any amount of travel in any types of weather!”

According to Brantley, the event is “always exciting and students gain real experiences in STEM to prepare them for college and the workplace. Maya and Kendall, who are both on our FIRST Lego League team stated they are happy to be here because they get to showcase what they have learned all year and they get to be with friends and meet new friends.”

These students, local middle school and high school students, are able to participate thanks to the work of Brantley and her team at ACCESS Education, a Bridgeport-based nonprofit which provides educational and supportive services to middle and high school students to prepare them for college and careers in STEM.

ACCESS is currently raising money to allow 25 young people like Maya and Kendall to compete in the Robotics Competition at the National Convention of the 2018 National Society of Black Engineers!

This year the 44th Annual National Convention will take place March 21-25 in Pittsburgh, PA.

The convention demonstrates NSBE’s commitment to lead the United States in graduating 10,000 Black engineers annually by 2025. The Annual Convention showcases Black students and professionals who have a passion for STEM, who are high achievers in these fields and who are channeling their dedication to advance their communities and society at large.

The ACCESS NSBE Jr. Chapters are designed to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, or STEM. This project will help to provide some of the costs of attendance for these 25 aspiring engineers, such as:

  • roundtrip transportation to the conference
  • housing
  • registration

Take a look at their project on The Impact Vine, maybe make a donation, share with family, friends, colleagues and online.

Maya, Kendall and their friends will thank you!

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