The Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Technical Association Inc., was chartered in 1968 at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. It has since grown to include the entire Hampton Roads area, which includes the Virginia cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg; the Virginia counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Southampton, Surry, and York; and the county of Currituck in North Carolina.
The NTA Hampton Roads Chapter is comprised of volunteer engineers, scientists, computer specialists, mathematicians, technicians, designers, math/science educators, physicists, chemists, and other persons who are committed to expanding the career awareness and opportunity for minorities and women in science/technology fields. Both professionals and non-professionals are invited to join us in this endeavor.
The chapter provides exemplary leadership in the community through mentorship, encouragement, scholarship, and career awareness. Chapter major programs include its Mathematics Contest, SAT Tutorials, Technical Student Symposium, CHROME Picnic, Tennis Open, Scholarships, and various other community service activities. See the chapter Calendar of Events for up to date information concerning chapter activities. The chapter also partners with many local organizations to carry our mutual goals and objectives consistent with the NTA mission. Some of those organizations are: Cooperating Hampton Roads Organizations for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME), Peninsula Engineers Club (PEC), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Megagenesis Program, Norfolk State University Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Departments, Hampton University Mathematics Department, and the NASA Langley Research Center's Office of Education and Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.
We are always looking for chairpersons and committee persons for our activities. Please contact the chapter president by email or telephone (757) 864-9257 if you are interested in working on any of our chapter programs.
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NTA is an IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt professional technical association. Corporate and private donations to support our programs are graciously appreciated.
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2003-2004 NTA Hampton Roads
President: James Fields
Vice-President: Lakisha Ward
Secretary: Larry Petway
Treasurer: Elijah Kent
The Mathematics Contest was conceived to meet the needs of females and minority students, grades 7 through 12, who are traditionally under-represented in engineering and the sciences fields as adults. The contest and accompanying mathematics tests are specifically designed to challenge the mind and alleviate the fears and frustrations involved in taking mathematics examinations. Technical tours of the research laboratories/facilities of the host site, coupled with career guidance lectures from featured black scientists and engineers, provide the participating youth with the knowledge that hard work and perseverance can result in promising math, science and engineering careers. The culminating activity is an awards ceremony, featuring a dynamic speaker who bolsters student confidence while emphasizing everyday applications of mathematics. Every student receives a Certificate of Participation before a full audience of their peers and their parents.
The top winners receive monetary prizes, gifts, and scholarship awards. A trophy is awarded to the school with the highest scores. The top winners are also sponsored to the NTA Regional Mathematics Contest – a mathematics championship between the winners of the local contests held by the NTA Hampton Roads, NTA Washington DC, and the NTA Goddard chapters.
The chapter has successfully implemented its annual Mathematics Contest at the following locations (partner organizations): NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton University, The Virginia Air and Space Museum, the College of William and Mary, Norfolk State University, and Thomas Nelson Community College.
Because SATs are a necessary part of every student's college preparatory experience, the NTA Hampton Roads Chapter conducts "free of charge" SAT tutorials for junior and senior high school students in the Fall and Spring of each year. The SAT tutorials are designed to remove the apprehension and anxiety from the SAT examinations. The tutorials are conducted over a 4 or 5 week period, beginning and ending with actual SAT tests (taken by the students) to measure performance improvements. Chapter members provide test taking tips (approach), help students with establishing good study skills, and conduct problem solving sessions that not only boost the student's familiarity with SAT questions, but provide guidance on how to maximize their scores. Both mathematics and verbal subjects are covered.
TECHNICAL STUDENT SYMPOSIUM
Each year the Hampton Roads chapter hosts or co-hosts a student symposium for college/university students in the technical fields. Depending on funding, the symposium involves science, technology, and engineering students from HBCU and other schools located in the states in VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, and MD. Students are invited without charge to the host site (usually NASA Langley Research Center or Norfolk State University) to present technical papers, in a professional/scientific forum, on their research or other pre professional work experience. Students interact with other students in the same or related disciplines to share experiences and/or expand their knowledge of curriculum, graduate study, and career opportunities. The experience gained in the preparation and presentation of the technical papers provides excellent training for the participating students, promoting confidence in their abilities and enhancement of their resumes. The symposium includes two to three days of high technology tours, workshops, lectures, career guidance, and employment awareness opportunity at no cost to the student (room and board paid for by the NTA and its sponsors) for the students who participate each year.
Each year the chapter presents several scholarship awards to local high school seniors who will be entering an accredited college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree in a science or technology based curriculum. Scholarship winners are recognized each spring at the chapter's annual Awards Ceremony. Funding for the scholarships is generated from fundraising activities such as the Annual NTA Tennis Open / Fundraiser, corporate donations, and NTA member contributions. Applications are normally due May 1st of each year.
ANNUAL TENNIS OPEN AND SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
The chapter engages in several fundraising activities throughout the year. The NTA Hampton Roads Tennis Open is vital to funding our Scholarship Program. This tennis tournament engages the local community, NTA members and supporters in an enjoyable partnership that integrates fun, recreation, and community awareness of the financial needs of our youth. Held in the Fall of each year, the tennis tournament is open to the public. Sponsors and supporters are welcome.
2004 Calendar of Events
Networking Social &
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For more information, visit our web page at NTA Hampton Roads, or the National web site at NTAOnline.org.