Each year, SEI-MD donates any surplus funds from the annual budget to a non-profit organization.
On February 4, 2020 SEI-MD donated the majority of its fiscal year 2018-2019 budget surplus to the Perry Hall Middle School (PHMS) Robotics Club; a total of $800. The funds provided will be used to purchase Vex IQ Robotics Kits and Vex IQ Robot Brains. These items will be used in Perry Hall's classrooms and by their Robotics Club. In class, 8th grade students program the robots and use the various sensors to autonomously navigate a mock city. The robotics club uses the same kits, but the students design and compete against other middle schools in the area.
The Tech Ed department at PHMS has a total of 6 teachers from various content backgrounds. PHMS has approximately 1600+ students participating in Technology Education classes. The program focuses on teaching the "engineering design process" through project-based learning.
The PHMS Robotics Teams has 30 members and 5 teams that use the Vex IQ series robots to compete against other middle schools in the area. It is the third year for the PHMS team and one of the teams has made it to the top 25 in the state of Maryland.
The club thanked SEI-MD in the letter shown at right.
Another $400 was employed in the restoration of an informational plaque at the site of the historic Thomas Viaduct, crossing the Patapsco River.
Photo, Right: The SEI-MD board gather with Daniel Hess, Perry Hall Middle Technology Education Content Leader. The board are, starting from left, Shayan Amin (Secretary), Isaiah Sampson (Treasurer), Daniel Hess (Perry Hall), Mehedi Rashid (Past-President), Micah Ceary (President), and Jason Charalambides (Vice-President).
In February 2019, SEI-MD became an Allied Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and can now provide AIA Continuing Education Credits to attendees for AIA-approved events.
On October 2nd, 2018, SEI-MD donated the remainder of its fiscal year 2016-2017 budget surplus to the Morgan State University branch of AIME (Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering), a non-profit organization which works to encourage minority students in high school and college to pursue engineering studies and careers. It also facilitates minority students’ involvement in internships and research programs in engineering fields.
AIME thanked SEI-MD in the this letter.
Photo, Right: Mehedi Rashid (President, SEI-MD) and the SEI-MD board present the surplus check to Patricia Burgess (Director, AIME at Morgan State University). The board are, starting from left, Jason Charalambides (Vice-President), Isaiah Sampson (Treasurer), and Micah Ceary (Secretary).
On October 3rd, 2017, SEI-MD also donated the remainder of its fiscal year 2014-2015 budget surplus to the Morgan State University branch of AIME.
Photo, Right: Mehedi Rashid (President, SEI-MD) and Shuxian Wassenius (Former President, SEI-MD) present the surplus check to Patricia Burgess (Director, AIME at Morgan State University).