Brooklyn Technical High School is not just a school; it is a thriving ecosystem of 6,000 students, 18 majors, 40+ athletic teams, and 150+ student organizations.
Amidst this bustling environment, students and their sense of belonging through clubs, teams, and activities. One exceptional gem in our community is the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. chapter.
Founded in 1995 by dedicated alumni, Brooklyn Tech NSBE is more than just a club; it’s a family that nurtures dreams, fosters leadership, and ignites a passion for STEM among Black students. It’s a place where students professionally network, prepare for college, and develop crucial STEM skills.
The achievements of our NSBE chapter are truly remarkable. The first of its kind in New York City, the BTHS NSBE Jr. chapter was named 2023 Pre-College Initiative Chapter of the Year for the eastern regions for its exceptional work − through hands-on activities in STEM, supplemental curricula, and professional development − keeping members engaged and informed about STEM and cultural topics.
Year after year, the BTHS chapter is recognized as a model of excellence for other chapters to follow. These successes are only possible because of alumni and friends like you, who provide support that allows our students to participate in life-changing opportunities, including national leadership conferences and conventions.
This year, alumni funds will bring a popular Drone Cadets Flight School Program to Brooklyn Tech, enabling NSBE members to become certified drone pilots.
For forty years, the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation has been proudly supporting clubs and activities like NSBE. Your donations are instrumental in shaping the future of STEM education and empowering our students to reach their full potential.
In March 2024, our NSBE chapter hopes to attend the 50th annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in math competitions, engineering workshops, career fairs, debates, elevator pitches, and so much more.
NSBE Jr. has over 170 pre-collegiate chapters nationwide, and its conferences supply an opportunity for students to meet, network, and be mentored by engineering professionals, and take part in several initiatives focused on enhancing the education of Black and other underrepresented groups in STEM.
But NSBE is just one example of how your generosity impacts Brooklyn Tech. Gifts to the Centennial Fund provide grants to faculty for transformative classroom, cocurricular, and extracurricular opportunities that enhance students’ experiences while at Tech. Faculty grants fund new and exciting projects, specialized equipment for classrooms, and partnerships in the community, ensuring no endeavor is out of reach for our students.
Every gift to our Centennial Fund matters! Stay a part of something extraordinary.
No matter the amount, each gift brings us one step closer to a future filled with endless possibilities.
Join with other Technites and friends to continue uplifting our legacy by making a gift to the nation’s premier STEM high school. Your investment fuels dreams and empowers future innovators.
Oliver Rygh ’24
The current NSBE president:
“Brooklyn Tech can be overwhelming for new students. NSBE becomes their community, a safe space to connect, collaborate, and explore their interests. It’s an environment where they learn to present themselves, prepare for interviews, and excel in STEM competitions like the Try-Math-A-Lon.”
Sermo A. Barracks, Jr. ’92
graduated from Tech two years before the chapter was founded but had the privilege of working with NSBE as a chapter officer at Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon).
“My time as a student at Tech prepared me well to be successful in college, but the students who have the privilege to add the NSBE Jr. experience are even further ahead [...] The consistency that the Tech chapter has shown over the years has been a testimony to the leadership of the students and the advisors.”