The Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five Technology Center’s National Society of Black Engineers Student Chapter traveled to Pittsburgh to participate in the 38th annual NSBE National Convention.
While there, students were inspired to continue their academic pursuits by former Ambassador Andrew Young and BET founder and media magnate Robert Johnson.
In addition to attending academic and technical workshops and a Career and College Fair, the students were able to visit the Carnegie Science Center, where they were able to test the limits of physics and science with hands-on activities and creative displays.
Two student teams won first- and second-place honors in the Coast Guard AROWRobotics Competition. During the day-long event, students were issued a robotics kit and challenged to design, build, test and operate a robot capable of operating on water to capture balls and deliver them to a designated spot.
First-place winning team was Keith Black, Isaac Morgan, Deonte Holmes, Miles Stroman and Daniel Myers. Students Tyjon Shivers, Glenn Warner, Terrence Simpson and Matthew Dantzler won second place. Students also competed in the Try-Math-A-Lon and High School Science Fair.
High school seniors were celebrated at an exclusive luncheon hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps. During the event, Technology Center student Christopher Pace was presented with the U.S. Marine Corps Leadership Recognition Award for his participation in extra-curricular and community activities. Pace is a volunteer with one of the Marines greatest initiatives, Toys for Tots, and is involved in various school, community and civic organizations.
The trip was sponsored in part by South Carolina State University 1890 Research and Extension Programs and Director Dr. G. Dale Wesson, and The Dick Horne Foundation. Sponsors were recognized at the third annual NSBE Banquet on April 26.
The Technology Center NSBE is open to all OCSD5 students in fourth through 12th grade. Membership is $5. For more information, call Phyllis Pelzer or Kevin Smalls at 803-536-4473.