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Westlake Middle School Students See the Future Through STEM

NOBCChe Partnership Provides Mentors and Unique Learning Opportunities


Group of 8 Westlake students and teacher

Designing games? Check. Working on battery powered cars? Check. Launching model rockets? Check. Such is a typical afternoon in the life of a group of Westlake Middle School students who are part of the middles school’s NOBCChe program.


NOBCChe, pronounced No-Be-Shay, is the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, a non-profit organization committed to the discovery, transmittal and application of knowledge in the fields of science and engineering.  


NOBCChe and Westlake have partnered for the last two years to bring STEM fields of study - science, technology, engineering and math - to life for students. With further support from Spark, an organization that helps underserved youth become motivated learners, the partnership enables Westlake students to work with mentors on exciting special projects ranging from game design to food truck design and edible art to battery powered cars.


50 Westlake students are currently enrolled in the NOBCChe program and will be eligible to continue participating through high school. When it comes time to apply to college, students will be encouraged to attend a college that has a NOBCChE presence.


The mission of NOBCChe is to build a community of successful, diverse, global leaders in STEM and advance their professional goals by adding value to their academic, development, leadership and philanthropic endeavors.


“NoBCChe is an example of what a school can offer when we go beyond the classroom model,” says Phyllis Hall, the Director of the NOBCChe program at Westlake. “It gives our scholars a chance to be creative thinkers, experience failure, yet keep going until they get it right.”