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STEMFEST 2014 -- INNOVATE TO EDUCATE: RE-INTRODUCING YOUNG MINDS TO OPPORTUNITIES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS

The 16th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

The 16th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day...

Registration Information

Type Remaining End Quantity
THE OPENING CEREMONY (9:15 to 9:45 a.m.)   more info 382 Registrations Ended Free  
LUNCH TIME BREAK (Noon to 1:00 p.m.)   more info 323 Registrations Ended Free  
CLOSING CEREMONY   more info 643 Registrations Ended Free  
PLASMA ART DEMONSTRATION -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
PLASMA ART DEMONSTRATION -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45) a.m.   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
CNC MILLING MACHINE: KEY CHAIN DESIGN -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
CNC MILLING MACHINE: KEYCHAIN DESIGN -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
ELECTRIC VEHICLE: THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
ELECTRIC VEHICLE: THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
LASER TECHNOLOGY DEMO SHOW -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
LASER TECHNOLOGY DEMO SHOW -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF POCKET BILLIARDS -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF POCKET BILLIARDS -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
GUMDROP DESIGN 101 -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
GUMDROP DESIGN 101 -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
INVESTIGATING DIFFERENT TYPES OF ENGINEERING -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
INVESTIGATING DIFFERENT TYPES OF ENGINEERING -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
BEETHOVEN TO BEYONCE: THE SCIENCE BEHIND A HOT BEAT -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info 106 Registrations Ended Free  
BEETHOVEN TO BEYONCE: THE SCIENCE BEHIND A HOT BEAT -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info 134 Registrations Ended Free  
*SMALL SCIENCE CHANGED TO -- LEGO WeDo ROBOTICS -- Workshop Session 1 (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
*SMALL SCIENCE CHANGED TO -- LEGO WeDo ROBOTICS -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info 5 Registrations Ended Free  
MOTHERS OF INVENTION: BLACK WOMEN INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS – WHAT IS MISSING? -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
MOTHERS OF INVENTION: BLACK WOMEN INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS – WHAT IS MISSING? -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
MISSION LEGO® ROBOTICS -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
MISSION LEGO® ROBOTICS -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
OLYMPICS OBSTACLE COURSE -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
OLYMPICS OBSTACLE COURSE -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
LOGO SIMPLE COMPUTING -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
LOGO SIMPLE COMPUTING -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
AFRICAN HEXASTRIP WEAVING: MODEL OF NANOSCALE STRUCTURES -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
AFRICAN HEXASTRIP WEAVING: MODELS OF NANOSCALE STRUCTURES -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
USING AFRICAN VALUES TO RAISE STRONG BLACK CHILDREN -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
USING AFRICAN VALUES TO RAISE STRONG BLACK CHILDREN -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
THE SPACE SUIT CHALLENGE (10:00 to 11:30 a.m.   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
WHERE ARE THE STEM STUDENTS? Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
WHERE ARE THE STEM STUDENTS? Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
TRADING FLOOR SIMULATION (NYSE) -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
TRADING FLOOR SIMULATION (NYSE) -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
WOMEN AND ENERGY -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
WOMEN AND ENERGY -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m. )   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
EDISON INVENTORS -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
EDISON INVENTORS -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
LET'S BUILD: GROWING STUDENT INTEREST IN STEM -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
LET'S BUILD: GROWING STUDENT INTEREST IN STEM -- Workshop Session Two (11:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
KIDS CORNER (10:00 to 11:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
SCIENCE OF THE SLAM -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
NATURAL ENERGY SOURCE: SHALE GAS -- Workshop Session One (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  

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Innovate to Educate: Re-Introducing Young Minds to Opportunities in STEM

 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Set to Host 16th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day 

Students, families, teachers, and community organizations are invited to attend the 16th annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day program on Saturday, Feb. 1. The event, which is part of a nationally celebrated week of the same name, is designed to spur young people’s interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the arts.

This year’s theme “Innovate to Educate: Re-Introducing Young Minds to Opportunities in STEM” is meant to explore ways to break down barriers and re-introduce or reconnect students to STEM in ways that are engaging, interactive, and hands-on to excite them and open their minds to the infinite possibilities that that immersion in the STEM disciplines can provide.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The opening program will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Darrin Communications Center (DCC), room 308. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson will deliver the opening remarks. 

The event is free and open to the public. Individuals will have an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and explore more than a series of workshop sessions and hands-on activities led by Rensselaer professors, students, staff, alumni/alumnae, several area businesses, and local community organizations.

As we are always looking to make our event even more enjoyable so we have made some changes to our program. We will only offer two workshop sessions. This year, workshops will only be offered from 10 to 10:45 a.m., AND from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Sample workshop offerings include: exploring the science beyond a hot beat from Beethoven to Beyonce; creating plasma art, designing key chains, building a wind turbine, learning about electric vehicles, uncovering the mysteries of laser technology, designing bridges using gumdrops, investigating different types of engineering, programming LEGO® Mindstorm robotics, experiencing the excitement of a trading floor through a simulated exercise, making models of nanoscale structures with African Hexastrip weaving, applying the laws of physics to the game of pocket billiards, and MORE!

In addition, several lecture-focused workshops that will be offered include: Using African values to Raise Strong Black Children, Where are the STEM students?, and Mothers of Invention: Black Women Inventors and Innovators.

 AFTERNOON PROGRAM

Additional program highlights include the lunchtime exercise/dance break, and a special showcase featuring the five schools at Rensselaer. This will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (Armory). 

 Immediately following lunch, the afternoon portion of the event will be held in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Get ready to sit back and enjoy a trip to space (well not literally). Attendees will be treated to a special live jazz music performance featuring members of the Delmar, New York based jazz group, Ten27. The group’s “The Black Book Project” combines a multimedia production featuring images from the Hubble Telescope with performances of seven original pieces inspired by themes in modern cosmology.

The event will culminate with a keynote address by Christopher Emdin, a social critic, public intellectual, and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality, and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals. Emdin is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center. He is an expert on improving urban education, the intersection of hip-hop and education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment.


Black Family Technology Awareness Day is part of a larger Rensselaer effort to interest area young people and their families in pursuing occupations in the fields of science and engineering. The overall event is planned by a 16-member committee comprised of Rensselaer staff, faculty, and community individuals.

We are super excited and look forward to seeing you on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

 For more information regarding the program, visit: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/diversity/bftad/index.html

 Sincerely, 

The Black Family Technology Awareness Day Planning Committee  (2014)


Reminder: Please make sure that when registering, please start off with confirming if you will plan to attend the opening ceremony, lunch, and  the closing ceremony. This will help us with getting an accurate head count. 

*Note: This is the second year that we are using this website for registration. If any problems do arise during the registration process, please let us know. We truly appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this process.

Have questions about The 16th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute? Contact Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

When & Where


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Darrin Communications Center (DCC) 308
Troy, NY 12180

Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)


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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation’s oldest technological university. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of fields, with particular emphasis in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and the media arts and technology. The Institute is well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development. For information, visit: http://rpi.edu/

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