ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-119

Date Created : 01/25/2010


Co-op Directors
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: Counselors

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Accountability - Dr. Charity Smith, Assistant Commissioner
National Society of Black Engineers

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Mr. Jay Hartman

Phone Number:


The National Society of Black Engineers-Arkansas Alumni Extension Chapter (NSBE-AAEC) is pleased to announce that our association will be conducting our 20th Annual 'Project Starting Block' Introduction to Engineering seminar for high school students on February 13, 2010, in conjunction with National Engineers Week. This seminar will be held at the UALR-Dickinson Hall Auditorium, 2801 South University, Little Rock and will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.

‘Project Starting Block’ is a four-part mentor program aimed at minority high school students with an interest in engineering. However, all interested students are welcome to attend. The purpose of the program is to inform youth in Arkansas about the field of engineering through seminars, college visits, and industry tours. This program allows students to become familiar with the various engineering disciplines, educational requirements, and career opportunities with Arkansas corporations and agencies. ‘Project Starting Block’ will introduce representatives from various Arkansas corporations and universities in the seminars that will present vital information regarding the field of engineering: courses students should take in high school, preparatory requirements for college life, and day-to-day obstacles students will experience.

‘Project Starting Block’ has been successful in its nineteen years: 1,130 student participants; with several graduating seniors in the program pursuing the field of engineering. NSBE-AAEC has awarded thousand of dollars in scholarships to selected high school seniors participating in ‘Project Starting Block’ enrolled in engineering curriculums.

‘Project Starting Block’ was established in 1990 to acquaint high school students, primarily freshman, sophomores, and juniors, with multi-disciplined engineering activities. Assistance is requested in identifying students interested in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The program targeted minority students because of lack of participants showing interest in the discipline.

Please distribute copies of the enclosed packets to interested students. All applications and related forms are enclosed and must be submitted to the above address by, February 6, 2010. Also, enclosed in the packet is a synopsis of ‘Project Starting Block’ for students and parents. For additional information, please contact Mr. Jay Hartman at 501-396-4932 or 501-4487-2504 after 5:00 p.m.

Cooperation in this effort is appreciated.


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