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DAVIS – A local organization is giving local African American students a chance to meet with and be inspired by those in the fields of science and engineering.

The Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers has joined forces with UC Davis to present the 2013 Science and Engineering Field Trip on Saturday, April 20. The event is set to run 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During the open house, students in grades 6-12 will chat with scientists and engineers, and students in those fields, on the university campus. Activities include a science seminar and demonstration, student science and engineering contests, a tour of the school’s engineering facilities, and student counseling. Lunch will also be provided.

Organizer Nathaniel Hunter, a former Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, says it’s been difficult getting local schools to respond to their offer to have students participate, but that the group remains dedicated to exposing Black youth to these fields.

The group expects participation from Sacramento’s School of Engineering and the Sciences and the Roberts Family Development Center. Others are also welcome.

Advance registration is required. Cost is $5. Those interested in participating must register by April 15 by calling (916) 922-3194 or (510) 735-5057.