Melbourne-Palm Bay Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Technology All-Star 

Congratulations Soror Consuela Smith

Women of Color (WOC) in Technology in STEM Conference Award – Technology All-Star.

Technology All-Stars are accomplished women of color from mid-level to advanced stages of her career (with over 15 years in the workforce) that have demonstrated excellence in the workplace and in their communities. They were honored at a special recognition event during the Women of Color STEM Conference in October 2021. 

Top Volunteer of the Year

Northrop Grumman’s African American Task Group recognized Soror Lori Hickman as a Subject Matter Expert in providing guidance and leadership while supporting implementation of updates and training. In 2017 and again in 2020 Lori won Top Volunteer of the Year for her community service and volunteering over 1,000 hours in her community.

For over 13 years, Lori has been involved in many community outreach organizations to promote STEM… She teaches hands-on STEM learning to at-risk and underserved youth within her community, and in 2018 successfully started her own educational development program; Rising Star Leadership. As a professional in the Aerospace Industry and woman of color, she is setting an example for students to achieve their goals and career aspirations.

Four years ago, Lori launched the Sea Perch program in collaboration with the Melbourne Palm Bay Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and Northrop Grumman. The SeaPerch program teaches engineering and design skills by providing students with kits and instructions to build their own underwater remotely operated vehicle. The SeaPerch Program has engaged predominately students. In 2019 the middle school team won 1ST Place in the Tidewater SeaPerch Middle School Challenge. In 2020 Lori introduced and facilitated the VEX IQ program at an after school community center. This program, sponsored by the Robotic Education & Competition Foundation (REC) and Northrop Grumman Foundation, to increase student interest and improvement in STEM and STEAM. In response to COVID-19, Lori’s STEM efforts have been modified to use a Virtual Robotics training model.

Go Team Hickman!

Delta GEMS. Delta Academy  SeaPerch Competition


Melbourne- Palm Bay Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated members, Mrs. Lori Hickman and Ms. Marcia Bentley teamed up with Roger Hickman, Retired Navy Chief, to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) initiatives to the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy and Dr. Jeanne Noble Delta GEMS youth programs. Eleven young ladies representing nine schools, West Shore Jr/ Sr High School, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Pineapple Grove Classical Academy, West Melbourne School of Science, Southwest Middle School, Central Middle School, South Area Alternative Learning Center, Imagine Elementary and Bayside High School, attended The Space Coast Fab Lab in Palm Bay to place the final touches on their project before they traveled as three teams to compete in the U.S. Navy’s Sea Perch Regional competition held April 8 at Cecil Field Aquatic Center Jacksonville, Fl.

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