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NSBE National Conference

Over fifty members from the Patriots (NSBE, Jr. Chapter) and their parents are off to join over 10,000 members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in St. Louis, MO, for their 37th Annual Convention held March 23 - 27, 2011!  The Annual Convention is the premier event for the organization which encompasses members from around the world. 

Coaches Michelle Causey and Ron Royster (NSBE,Jr.  Pre-College Advisor) have been preparing the students for the Try-Math-A-Lon (high school), Math Counts (middle school), and KidZone (elementary school) teams for math competitions being held during the convention.  All the students will have the opportunity to attend various programs, workshops, exhibits and a career fair designed to benefit grade school, collegiate, graduate, technical professional and international entities of the Society.   We'll give you a full report when we return!

Patriots Lego Mindstorm Robotics Competition

On Saturday, March 19th, the Patriots concluded their Lego Mindstorm Robotics Workshop with a competition that was held during the third Saturday meeting.  The competition consisted of tests to measure the accuracy, distance, and speed of the  robot programmed by the teams.  The teams were also judged on the oral presentations of their research various branches of engineering.  The Robot Ninjas  was the winning team.  Mr. Jucain Butler (lead instructor), Felicha Burke and Chidi Ahaghoto (assistant instructors and judges) were proud to see the students display their knowledge and understanding of computer programming and robotic principles. 

Cyber Watch Conference

Johns Hopkins University-Laurel, MD 

Mayowa Omokanwaye, President of the Patriots Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), attended the Cyber Watch Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition at the Johns Hopkins University Laurel campus.  During her visit, she was able to check out the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.  Last year, the Patriots partnered with the University of Maryland and Lockheed Martin to enter the CyberPatriot competition, hosted by the Air Force Association.  This year we are planning to host a Cyber Security Summer Camp for rising 9th grade students to prepare them for the CyberPatriots Competition. 

More information to come... 

U.S. First Robotics Competition in Baltimore, MD  

The Patriots Robotic Team partnered with Forestville Military Academy this year to travel to the U.S. First Robotic Competition in Baltimore, MD.  For the past three months, the students had a chance to gain knowledge about the competition and had only six weeks to build a robot.  The competition was comprised of 66 teams; our team came in 44th place.  It was a great learning experience for our young rookie team. 

The students had an opportunity to stop by the booth of one of our sponsors, Lockheed Martin, where they were able to test the Gear Up video software.  Reggie Smith, a Patriots board member from the team's sponsor Booz Allen Hamilton, got a chance to grease his hands and rolled up his sleeves as he watched the team in action.

A special thanks goes out to Mr. Paul Davenport from General Dynamics and Mr. Jonathan Wilkins for taking the lead in organizing the parents and volunteers together with the team.  Mr. Wendell Matthews from Forestville Military Academy was instrumental in hosting the team and recruiting students from his school.

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