The Martinsville-Henry County chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers Jr. invited Virginia Tech's Pre-College Initiative program to Martinsville recently for a session at the New College Institute. Traditionally NSBE Jr., whose members are students in middle and high school, had traveled to Blacksburg to learn more about the school's programs. This time, a dozen African-American engineering students from Va. Tech showed students their robot and helped them use a college/career search program as a resource when looking at colleges and majors. Then they formed a panel to answer questions about engineering and/or college life for both the precollege students and their parents. After lunch they played engineering versions of the games "Jeopardy" and "Pictionary."

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