Nashville, TN – In the last weekend of March at the 40th National Convention for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Wheaton High School Knights from the GapBuster Leaders-in-Training (LIT) chapter of NSBE, Jr. triumphed over dozens of teams to place in the finals of the national NASCAR Ten80 Student Racing Challenge. Read More…
GapBuster, Inc.’s team from Wheaton High School placed second in the competition’s presentation category and third overall among 27 high school teams in the NSBE Points Race for the Ten80 competition.
“As the Founder and Executive Director of GapBuster, Inc. I am very proud and excited for our all our teams,” said Yvette Butler, MD. “In my eyes they are ALL winners. We had three teams compete in the NSBE NASCAR Ten80 student challenge and the Wheaton Knights rose to the top.”
Nine students attended the convention as part of the Wheaton Knights, one of three GapBuster, Inc. teams that competed. Seniors Ashan Harischandra, Chris Cherrie, Omar Jawara, Romario Watson, Soulihe Nida, Tony Hernandez, junior Victor Kyle, and sophomores Mustaffa Said and Nadir Sharif represented the Knights. Harischandra, Cherrie, Nida and Kyle were the presenters who nabbed second place for their presentation.
For their third-place finish in points for the competition, the Wheaton team engaged in engineering investigations (studying aerodynamics and the automobile chassis), created a stunning marketing and web presence encompassing graphics, web design and social media, and developed a business plan. The points accrued through these activities and their second-place presentation ushered the Wheaton Knights to third overall.
It is through leadership, mentorship and teamwork that GapBuster LIT NSBE Jr. has succeeded as a chapter in a venerated national organization aimed to nurture and encourage the students who participate in it. Through the NSBE Pre-College Initiative Program, GapBuster, Inc. has been able to expose middle and high school students to STEM project-based learning and inspire them to learn about the fields while providing the opportunity to flourish regionally and nationally in various competitions.
GapBuster, Inc. students’ hard work has resulted in an invitation to the Ten80 National STEM League 2014 National Finals in May. The NSBE Points Race winners from the National Convention will join the regular National STEM League teams in battling for the 2014 National STEM League Points Race championship on May 16th-17th in Charlotte, NC.
“We need community support more than ever as we build on their success,” said Dr. Butler. “Our students are more determined to bring back the gold and can only do so with community support. To help our student get to the Finals in North Carolina please donate at www.gapbuster.org or mail a check to GapBuster, Inc. P.O. Box 3356, Silver Spring, MD 20918 or call 301-779-4252 to find out how you can help.”
About GapBuster, Inc.
GapBuster, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the community through education. GapBuster, Inc. provides programming for students in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in the forms of after-school tutoring, leadership development, a junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, college preparation and drop-out prevention programs. GapBuster, Inc. strives to enable students to meet their full potential in spite of socio-economic disadvantages through programs that will engage them academically and intellectually beyond the school day.
About The National Society of Black Engineers and NSBE, Jr. and the NASCAR Ten80 program
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-runorganizations in the country. NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally
responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Learn more about NSBE
The Pre-College Initiative (PCI) program of NSBE Jr. provides activities to help middle and high school students discover firsthand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork. Learn more about the Pre-College Initiative
The NASCAR Ten80 Student Racing Challenge is a national project dedicated to bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum to students across the country and helping students to pursue STEM subjects in college and STEM careers. Learn more here