About 400 students in grades 3-8 in Oakland, Calif., are exploring engineering concepts during a three-week camp called the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids organized through a partnership between the National Society of Black Engineers and the Oakland Unified School District. The free summer program, which started in Washington, D.C., in 2007, has students working with African-American mentors and college students while completing hands-on projects such as building solar-powered toy cars or steel-can rovers.

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