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TORCH 101: What is TORCH? . Sarah Brown- TORCH Chair. Contents. TORCH Objectives Overview of TORCH How to get started TORCH Incentives Resources & Training. 2011-2012 TORCH Objectives. To stimulate working knowledge of TORCH umbrella programs within the society’s leadership and membership

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torch 101 what is torch

TORCH 101: What is TORCH?

Sarah Brown- TORCH Chair

  • TORCH Objectives
  • Overview of TORCH
  • How to get started
  • TORCH Incentives
  • Resources & Training
2011 2012 torch objectives
2011-2012TORCH 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
technical outreach community help
Technical OutReach Community Help

…Positively Impacting the Community

STEM Community Training

Informal Science and Engineering

A Walk For Education

Traditional Community Service

Technical Expertise Services

  • To provide introductory training to members of the community in modern technology, software and technical knowledge
  • To provide science, engineering, technology and mathematics exposure opportunities within Black communities
  • To stimulate enthusiasm about science, engineering, technology and mathematics within Black communities

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
torch goals

Program Evaluation & Data Collection






  • Resource development & publishing
  • Curriculum design assistance and support
  • Measure Impact
  • Follow-up programming at 75% of sites
  • Alumni Participation
  • Convention Event(s)
  • Library of Activities for FRCs and Convention
  • USA Science & Engineering Fair
  • Collect Data
  • Events at FRCs and Convention

Uniform data collection tools for chapters to use

stem community training
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
informal science and engineering education
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
technical expertise services
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
a walk for education
A Walk for Education
  • Now a chapter based program
  • Nationally Supported in October
  • Start planning early, implementation guide ready
traditional community service activities
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
what does it take to start torch
What does it take to start TORCH?
  • Decide who you want to serve
    • K- 8th grade
    • 8th-12th 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
volunteers funding and participation
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
torch funding
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
torch recognition
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
what next
What Next?
  • TORCH 101 & Handbook: overall information
  • Implementation Guides
  • Best Practices
  • TORCH at FRCs
  • TORCH at Convention: workshops & service