Instilling Excellence

NSBE is always looking for ways of reaching back to help encourage and shape the next generation of leaders and engineers. The GSC actively participates the programs described below as a way of guiding students toward excellence.

Pre-College Initiative

Our PCI program provides first-hand experiences that help students discover how engineering and technology relate to the world around them. Through a variety of activities, students realize the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development, and teamwork.


  • To help students have a positive attitude toward academic excellence
  • To stimulate enthusiasm about science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • To encourage K-12th graders to pursue degrees in engineering and other technical fields
  • To increase the number of African Americans attending and graduating from college
  • To encourage and support parental commitment to children's education
  • To raise cultural awareness among students

Contact the PCI Chairperson for more information.


The Future Innovative Rising Engineers (FIRE) NSBE Jr. Chapter is for high school students, grades 9 - 12. NSBE-GSC members host regular hands-on engineering activities, insight into the real engineering college experience, and expose NSBE Jr. members to science, technology, engineering and math professionals working in these respective fields.

The FIRE NSBE Jr. Chapter participates in two engaging competitions at the NSBE Fall Regional Conference: The Engineering Design Competition, a robot building competition using LEGO Mindstorm NXT 2.0 and the Try–Math-a-Lon, a Jeopardy style math competition. We also participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge, which requires teams to build a model rocket that meets altitude goals with an egg in tow. We are also constantly seeking new ways to engage our students in STEM activities. For more information contact the PCI Chairperson.

Takoma Academy

Takoma Academy is a college preparatory, co-educational secondary day school operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is one of 7,579 Adventist educational institutions around the world. Located in Montgomery County, the school sits just outside the city limits of Takoma Park, Maryland and just one mile from the northwestern boundary of Washington, D.C. Takoma Academy is near to valuable political, cultural, religious, and economic resources, including the county's Ride-On program, which has a bus stop in front of the school. This allows students convenient access via the D.C. Metro system.

Takoma Academy was established to meet the educational needs of church members in the Washington, D.C. area. Although the school has always accepted non-Adventist members, its primary purpose is to be a part of the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. Its goal is to produce contributing, dedicated church members prepared to live as Christian citizens in today’s society.For more information call (301)-434-4700 on Monday - Thursday between 8-5.