Pastor Les Simmons, South Sacramento Christian Center with Shiloh L. Costello, SMUD Sustainable Communities.
SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) is a three-week long program focused on increasing elementary school students' knowledge in math and science.
Led by The National Society of Black Engineers and in partnership with SMUD’s Sustainable Communities initiative, the program provides early exposure for third, fourth and fifth grade students into STEM career fields.
Working collaboratively in computer design teams, students learn about coding and then apply their newly acquired skills by developing their own software. Additionally, students are taught about the basic concepts of cyber security and the crucial role it plays in everyday life.
The teams construct experiments such as wind turbines, gravity cruisers and remote-control machines. At the end of each week students participate in “Competition Friday”, where their engineering prototypes are displayed, showcasing what they have learned during the week.
A student’s wind turbine project on display for“Competition Friday”.
This partnership meets the goals of our Sustainable Communities initiative as it aids in technology skills training, strengthens under-served community development and enhances community focused education.