Engineers Provide STEM Inspiration for Student
Jordan Stallworth is one of the fifth-grade star students at Rolling Hills Elementary. Principal Linda Burruss describes him as a very smart, if quiet, student. Having already won the school’s spelling bee, Jordan now hopes to participate in an upcoming robotics competition which will take place in May. However, Jordan didn’t have the materials he would need to participate in the competition.
That’s when the North Alabama Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers stepped in. The group works with local school systems to help increase minority participation in engineering and applied sciences. Through a grant, the local NSBE surprised Jordan with a LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Kit, which will provide him with the tools needed to prepare for the competition. These aren’t the LEGOs you might have played with as a child, however. The Mindstorm kit will allow Jordan to build a programmable machine, which will help him gain knowledge about coding and physical problem-solving in a very hands-on way. He couldn’t wait to take a close look at the kit and is looking forward to designing and programing the robot for the upcoming competition
The North Alabama Chapter of the NSBE has worked with elementary, middle, high schools, and colleges in our area for over twenty-five years to help provide tutorial services, workshops, and support for worthy causes that benefit minority students in STEM related areas.