Minority high school students introduced to transportation careers
October 31, 2012
With the support of a New England Center grant, the Robert R. Taylor Network (RRTN) based at MIT executed its third summer studio with 10 students from area public high schools, MIT college students, and diverse business professionals. Xtreme Studio, a 6-10 week summer program, is an opportunity for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to get hands-on exposure to the business of science and technology through a "learn-by-doing" pedagogy. The program attempts to instill an interest in architecture, science, technology, engineering and mathematics so that they might consider becoming technology entrepreneurs. The students work as individuals and teams on independent research and business problems to learn what it means to be entrepreneurial and design new solutions to real business problems. To cap the experience, students compile a comprehensive public presentation integrating their projects and connecting it to the RRTN mission.
RRTN has participated in a tour of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to discuss collaborations on recruiting more minority students to aeronautics, astronautics and engineering fields. Program leaders were invited to participate in the planning for the Black Engineer of the Year Award Alumni Conference, a conference showcasing top corporations in the STEM areas with emphasis in the transportation related fields. In February 2011, RRTN took 21 high school and college minority students to BEYA in Washington, DC.