Martinsville and Henry County students win national engineering competitions

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MARTINSVILLE, Va (WDBJ)- The National Society of Black Engineers, also known as NSBE, gives elementary through high school students a head start in engineering and technology fields. Sixth grader Bailey Stanley says NSBE is putting him on track to his future career.

"I've seen the companies at the conventions and they've shown me all the opportunities that are in the field." said Stanley.

For months, the students have been meeting after school to work on their projects for the national NBSE competition in Detroit. Of the eight teams that competed, seven placed in the top five. The youngest group won first place for their Mission to the Moon project. The elementary school students built a spaceship launch site with Legos. They even brought the pieces to life through coding.

Ninth grader Corey Brandon says the program has introduced him to new possibilities.

"NSBE has opened my eyes to college and new opportunities, I do see myself becoming an engineer." said Brandon.

While the younger student may not be thinking that far ahead, ninth grader Jayleigh Hairston wants to be an example for those who come after her.

"Hopefully I get a six figure job in the engineering field, helping other have a different mindset, to help others get into NSBE and become engineers." said Hairston.

NSBE is a free organization open to all students who meet the minimum requirements. Registration is open once a year in March.