Black & Veatch Mentoring ProgramThe 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 complete two in-class, 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 5 on a timed project, and winners are chosen.
KCPT has partnered with Black & Veatch for five years 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. Now in its seventh year, the program has served 2,125 students in 33 schools around the metro area.