Black & Veatch Mentoring Program

Now in its eighth year, the Black & Veatch Mentoring Program pairs engineers from Black & Veatch with students in Kansas City schools to increase awareness of STEM careers and engineering concepts. The engineers present hands-on workshops with the students. During the classroom workshops, the visiting Black & Veatch mentors give an overview of each topic and guide the students in activities to reinforce the concepts for that session. Students work in teams of five on three different timed projects.

KCPT has partnered with Black & Veatch to expand the number of schools involved and to give teachers access to PBS LearningMedia before the in-class workshops, allowing them to prepare with the help of thousands of digital resources. By the end of this year, the program will have been in 41 elementary schools and 2,500 5th graders will have been mentored in structural, electrical and water engineering.

See what participating schools have to say: