Programs for Black Youth

Western Engineering Outreach is excited to launch a new program to foster diverse and inclusive learning spaces for Black youth in engineering. Western Engineering Beginnings for Black Youth creates opportunities for elementary and secondary students to explore engineering and connect with diverse mentors.

WEBBY (Western Engineering Beginnings for Black Youth)

Program Overview

WEBBY is open to students in grades 4-8 (Engineering Activities) and grades 9-12 (Leadership Training).

2023 Dates and Times

WEBBY will run for 4 Saturdays on October 28, November 4, November 11, and November 18. WEBBY will run in-person on Western University campus.

  • 10:30 - 12:30 WEBBY Leadership Training for High School Students (grade 9-12)
    • Students in grades 9-12 will participate in leadership workshops and join a WEBBY Mentor for a presentation about engineering opportunities and mentorship.
  • 1:00 - 3:00 WEBBY Engineering Activities for Elementary Students (grade 4-8)
    • Students in grades 4-8 will listen to a brief presentation by a WEBBY Mentor about engineering opportunities before participating in fun, hands-on engineering and coding activities.
    • Students in grades 9-12 will support and mentor younger students while collecting volunteer hours.

Leadership Training Workshops

  • Week 1: What is a Leader and What Are Your Goals?
  • Week 2: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Online Profiles
  • Week 3: HTML Resumes
  • Week 4: Communication and Team Building

Engineering/Coding Activities

  • Week 1: Meet Marty the Robot
  • Week 2: DNA Extractions 
  • Week 3: Ear Devices
  • Week 4: Dash Battleships

Note: Activity topics are subject to change.


The program is free to participate.

To register, please complete the form here.

If you are interested to learn more about the program, please email