Inovative Chicago program gives African-American students help with math and science.
There's an innovative program in Chicago that is giving young African American students a jump on math and science.
It's called Project SYNCERE, and opens the world of engineering to kids in a fun, new way.
Seventh grader Jamaine Smith is part of a group of middle school students at Dumas Academy participating in Project SYNCERE.
"You don't just have to sit down in classroom and write and write and write," he says. "It's kind of cool because we actually get to do hands on work."
Mechanical engineer Jason Coleman is one of the founders of Project SYNCERE, which stands for Supporting Youth's Needs With Core Engineering Research Experiments.
The program teaches students the key math and science skills engineers use everyday.
"Most of them think an engineer is a train conductor or someone who fixes cars," he says. "After being part of our program, technology used on everyday basis."
Project SYNCERE started just 2 years ago, but in that short amount of time it's already spread to 15 other schools helping more than 800 students learn more about math and science.
That extra push has ignited a twinkle in Starshaun Harris' eyes.
The seventh grader says the class helped her decide she wants to be a mechanical engineer.
"They say it's going to take a lot of schooling and focus and concentration and patience, but I think I can do it," she says.
And it's that sense of determination Project SYNCERE hopes it can instill in each of it's students.