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1 TORCH 101: What is TORCH? Sarah Brown- TORCH Chair

2 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Contents TORCH Objectives Overview of TORCH How to get started TORCH Incentives Resources & Training

3 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TORCH Objectives To stimulate working knowledge of TORCH umbrella programs within the society’s leadership and membership Publish member resources for TORCH implementation in chapter level programs Increased exposure within and outside of the society of TORCH programs

4 Traditional Community Service Informal Science and Engineering STEM Community Training A Walk For Education Technical Expertise Services Encourage greater Black participation in science, engineering, technology and mathematics at all levels Promote the value of science, engineering, technology and mathematics education at all levels To provide introductory training to members of the community in modern technology, software and technical knowledge To stimulate enthusiasm about science, engineering, technology and mathematics within Black communities To provide science, engineering, technology and mathematics exposure opportunities within Black communities Technical OutReach Community Help …Positively Impacting the Community

5 TORCH Goals TES Alumni Participation Convention Event(s) STEM Resource development & publishing Curriculum design assistance and support ISE Library of Activities for FRCs and Convention USA Science & Engineering Fair AWFE Measure Impact Follow-up programming at 75% of sites Traditional Collect Data Events at FRCs and Convention Program Evaluation & Data Collection Uniform data collection tools for chapters to use

6 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE STEM Community Training Traditional TORCH Projects – Computer literacy – Programming – Software Training – Supplemental Instruction (Students) – Tutoring – College Preparation – Web development Stable location and volunteers Longer period of time Relationship building

7 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Informal Science and Engineering Education Usually one day, intervention style Introduction level Social context Examples – Kitchen chemistry – Open house activities – Demonstrations – Engineering arts and crafts

8 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Technical Expertise Services NSBE members use engineering skills to meet community needs – Partner with community based organizations – Senior Design projects Examples/Methods – Enhancing daily use products for use by disabled – Solar cell installation for Habitat house – Project management for local non-profit – IT services at neighborhood computer center Look for Tech Expertise Services opportunities in SIGs

9 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE A Walk for Education Now a chapter based program Nationally Supported in October Start planning early, implementation guide ready

10 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Traditional Community Service Activities Drives – Clothes, books, textbooks, food, toys, school supplies etc. Food serving or distribution Clean-ups Habitat for Humanity Community Health Fairs AIDS, Cancer walks, Relay for Life

11 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE What does it take to start TORCH? Decide who you want to serve – K- 8 th grade – 8 th -12 th grade – Adults – Seniors – Community agency Decide what programs to offer – What subsection do they fall? – Check the TORCH website and handbook for ideas! Decide where to offer your programs – At your college or university – Community center – Public Library – School

12 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Volunteers, Funding and Participation Get your chapter involved! – Use membership incentive programs – Do a volunteer challenge – Integrate in regular chapter activities Fund your TORCH program – Fundraise – Apply to the National TORCH & Programs Funds – Don’t be afraid to start small with no funds Community participation – Work with community based organizations – Advertise in local newspaper – Visit schools, community centers, and churches

13 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TORCH Funding TORCH Program Funding – Funds for Informal Science & Engineering and STEM Community training – Submit a proposal, budget and details to – Template on the website, update likely

14 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TORCH Recognition NSBE gives awards for TORCH! – Individuals – Programs (Innovative TES, ISE, or STEM, Outstanding AWFE) – Chapters - $500 – Region - $1000 Selection criteria – Participation time in TORCH programs – Contributions to expanding TORCH – Dedication to the program and community – Degree of impact of programming

15 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE What Next? TORCH 101 & Handbook: overall information Implementation Guides Best Practices TORCH at FRCs TORCH at Convention: workshops & service


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