A local monthly general body meeting is taking place on Monday, and area leaders hope Washingtonians comes out to make their voice known.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE-AEDC) will hold their "Off the Record" meeting;which will have the organization's president, Arthur Edge, in attendance.
The meeting will take place at BAE Systems, 80 M Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will highlight new innovative programs and new measures within the DC chapter, make note of chapter accomplishments, and address various gaps they hope to overcome in making the organization more effective in the coming year.
Roger Hawthorne, a Prince George's County resident and engineer who plans to attend the meeting, thinks there should be more African-Americans coming out to the meeting.
"This month is Black History Month, and there should be more people coming out," he said. "The industry has such a shortage of bright young minds, and coming out to this meeting would give them a chance to come out and learn something new."
The National Science Foundation agrees with Hawthorne, but not just minority kids - but all US kids. On their website they state:
If the U.S. is to maintain its economic leadership and compete in the new global economy, the Nation must prepare today's K–12 students better to be tomorrow's productive workers and citizens. Changing workforce requirements mean that new workers will need ever more sophisticated skills in science, mathematics, engineering and technology...
...This emerging workforce, consisting of degreed and highly skilled technical workers, will need to begin developing their mathematical and science skills early in their educational career. In addition, the rapid advances in technology in all fields mean that even those students who do not pursue professional occupations in technological fields will also require solid foundations in science and math in order to be productive and capable members of our Nation's society.
In 2012, DC Public Schools (DCPS) announced the city's annual Comprehensive Assessment System found that DC public school students increased their numbers in math and science. In relation to 2011, math scores increased 2.8 percent, and science scores increased 5.3 percent. Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) added that scores in general has continued to increase since 2007.
In their release announcement, NSBE-AEDC says:
Here's an opportunity for members, potential members, volunteers, and stakeholders to have a candid conversation with NSBE-AEDC, unwrap the inner workings of the chapter, learn what's on the mind of your colleagues, and overhear the struggles that literally keep your leaders up at night (and maybe you too).
- Share your views on emerging issues
- Pose questions to AEDC leadership
- Voice your opinion on past NSBE-AEDC's activities
- Direct the future the Society.
During the meeting, President Edge will also deliver his "State of the Society" address.