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Three students from the A-MAN Saturday Science Academy NSBE Jr. Chapter attended the 2008 National Society of
Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention in Orlando, FL on March 19 - 23, 2008. This 4-day conference consists of
engineering design and math competitions, educational workshops, college tours, and interaction with Engineering
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Black History Celebration P.1
Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” With more than 24,000
FAMU Scholarship Luncheon P.2
members, it is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country. NSBE is comprised of more than 270
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chapters on college and university campuses, 75 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 75 Pre-College chapters.
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Cramming the day
before a test is not the
best way to remember Celebrating Black History and Looking
Towards the Future Black inventor Spotlight
Take good class
notes. Southern California Edison (SCE) hosted its
sixth annual “Connecting the Evolution of
Become a good
A Day of Industry and Technology listener in class and Electricity to Black History” event on February
review your notes 8, 2008 in Irwindale, CA at its Customer
daily. HILDRETH "HAL" WALKER, JR.
On April 26, 2008 the A-MAN Saturday Science Academy held its first annual Industry and Technology Expo. This event Technology Application Center (CTAC). Laser telemetry and targeting systems
included workshops design to inspire students to consider engineering and technology fields as well as prepare students Organize your class During this event members from the A-MAN
materials before each Hildreth "Hal" Walker, Jr., born in Alexandria,
for college. During the afternoon expo attendees had an opportunity to interact with Engineering and Science Saturday Science Academy (SSA) NSBE Jr.
study session. Louisiana in 1933, won fame as an innovative
Professionals as well as some University representatives. Students were also provided NSBE “A Walk for Education” Chapter presented a project on Renewable thinker, collaborator and role model, in the
packages. Special thanks to the following organizations that supported the event either as presenters, exhibitors or Concentrate on the Energy. Student presenters included (l to r) realm of energy technology, especially in
class material and Kathryn Cowan, Kimberly Cowan, Wesley applications of lasers.
supplies giveaways for the students: The Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles Air Force Base Space and Missile
keep in mind course
Systems Center (SMC), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Turner objectives. Dees, Rashaad Manning, and Jasmyne Mr. Walker began his career in the laser
Construction, Los Angeles Public Works, Wells Fargo Bank, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), University of Press. Charmaine Jefferson, executive technology industry in early 1964 at KORAD
Ask the teacher for Laser System, a Division of the Union
Nebraska-Lincoln, Florida A&M University Alumni Association So-Cal Chapter, Halliburton, Corning, Amazon, director of the California African American
A-MAN Saturday help early if do not Carbide Corporation. As a laser systems
Bloomberg, Brown & Caldwell, The Traveling Space Museum, and Wal-Mart. understand. Museum (CAAM) and executive vice
Science Academy specialist Hal traveled throughout the United
president of its nonprofit organization Friends States and the world introducing advanced
101 S. La Brea Ave.
was the keynote speaker and Chris Schauble, new laser technologies to the fields of
Inglewood, CA Tutoring assistance scientific research and industrial applications.
can provide a positive reporter and anchor at NBC4 emceed the
impact on your event.
310.412.2680 In 1969 came Walker's most sensational
success. Working for Union Carbide's Laser
Systems division, he led a team that adapted
a ruby laser for measuring the distance from
the Earth to the Moon during the Apollo 11
mission. (Continued pg.2)
SSA News Issue 02 May 2008
Robert Manning Teaser
Right: (l to r) Wesley Dees, Dr. James Ammons, FAMU
University President, Rashaad Manning, Terita Norton, NSBE Four bags of candy are
Jr. Advisor, and Kimberly Cowan.
placed in front of you.
Center: (l to r) Rashaad Manning, Dr. Terrence Roberts, Little
Rock Nine, Kimberly Cowan, Terita Norton, and Wesley Dees. In all, there are 100 pieces of
candy. There are 22 in the
Robert Manning a 3rd grade
Students Learn Intro to Engineering first bag and 18 in the
Honor Student at Warren Lane second.
Elementary in Los Angeles, CA Black History Spotlight cont. Florida A&M University Dr. Terrence Roberts, member of The Engineers Week coalition Keenan Haywood, Lockheed The third bag has twice as
has been selected to Scholarship Luncheon the Little Rock Nine, was honored comprised more than 75 Martin, and Michael Johnson Jr., many as the fourth bag.
Walker's team trained a laser
participate in the National during the annual event. A 15 year engineering, professional, and Northrop Grumman and the 2007- How many pieces of candy
beam from Lick Observatory in
Young Scholars Program California at a reflector mirror, On February 23, 2008 SSA old eleventh grader when he joined technical societies and more than 2008 NSBE Region 6 Chair. At are in the third and fourth
(NYSP). only 18 inches wide, that Neil graduating seniors attended the eight other students and became 50 corporations and government the close of the workshop students bags?
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had
The National Young Scholars FAMU Black History Celebration one of the first nine black students agencies hosts Eweek activities were awarded Eweek certificates.
set up on the Moon's surface.
Program is designed and Walker's team recorded by far and Scholarship Luncheon hosted to go to a formerly segregated annually in the month of February.
the most accurate
created specifically for the by the FAMU Alumni Association public high school in Little Rock, This year the A-MAN SSA NSBE NSBE Fact
measurement of the distance
nation's most highly acclaimed Southern California Chapter. he is now co-chairperson of the Jr. chapter hosted an Intro to
ever, exact to within 5 meters.
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade The equipment used for the During this event students were Master's in Psychology Program at Engineering series at the A-MAN
students, each of whom have experiment is now on able to interact with past, present Antioch University. A graduate of International Discovery and
permanent exhibit in the
been personally selected for and future students California State Learning Center. Student
nomination by a teacher. Museum of American History. of FAMU. Dr. University at Los participants learned about various
James Ammons, Angeles (BA), and engineering disciplines and
Joseph Tate Walker went on to join Hughes Florida A&M UCLA (MSW), Dr. completed math and activities.
Aircraft, where he developed
University Roberts obtained Special guests speakers included The N.S.B.E. Torch symbolizes
the first laser targeting systems
for the US Army (1981). Since President, gave the his Ph.D. in our everlasting burning desire
retiring from Hughes, Walker
has founded his own Keynote address.
Physics Day at Knott’s Berry Farm to achieve success as
international laser systems Southern Illinois University in engineers in our present
The theme of the 2008 event was
consulting firm, Tech Plus Carbondale, Illinois. A much society. The lightning bolts
“Rattler Renaissance: A Rebirth of Where would you be likely to experience micro-
(1990), and co-founded, with sought after speaker, Dr. Roberts
Rattler Pride & Spirit”. Florida gravity on the Montezooma’s Revenge®? represent the striking impact
his wife, Bettye, the African-
Joseph Tate a 4 grade Honor also heads a management that will be felt upon society and
American Male Achievers Agricultural and Mechanical What is the name of the force that is necessary
Student at Marcus Garvey Network, Inc., or A-MAN consultant group dedicated to industry as a result of the
University, founded on October 3, to keep an object moving in a circular path and
Elementary received a 4.0 on (1991), which uses hands-on improving human relations in the
1887, has been serving the is directed inward toward the center of the contributions and achievements
his Spring report card and was workplace. Since 1998 he has made by the National Society of
extracurricular projects to citizens of the State of Florida and rotation? Stomped? Well on March 8, 2008
selected as the A-MAN SSA encourage and support boys' been the official desegregation Black Engineers.
the nation through its provision of Saturday Science Academy students attended
“Student of the Quarter”. and girls' interests in careers in consultant for the Little Rock,
math, science and business. preeminent educational programs. Physics Day at Knott’s Berry Farm to answer has 20.
Arkansas School District, and
FAMU, "Florida's Opportunity these questions and more. bag has 40 and the fourth bag
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Saturday Science Academy. meeting the challenges and needs
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