Rensselaer To Host 15th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day Program Feb. 2
Students, families, teachers, and community
organizations are invited to the 15th annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day program on Saturday, Feb. 2. The event, part of a nationally celebrated week of the same name, is designed to spur interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the arts.
This year’s theme, “STEM Fest 2013! Connecting Minds to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Through Music and the Arts,” not only celebrates the beauty and experience of music and the arts, but also their deep connection to STEM disciplines.
Registration begins at
8 a.m. The opening program will begin at 9 a.m. in the Darrin Communications Center (DCC), room 308. 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 60 workshop sessions and hands-on activities led by Rensselaer professors, students, staff, alumni/alumnae, several area businesses, and local community organizations.
Sample workshop offerings include: getting an insider’s view of the video game industry, creating plasma art, designing key chains, building a wind turbine, learning about electric vehicles, uncovering the mysteries of laser technology, understanding entrepreneurship, designing bridges using gumdrops, investigating different types of engineering, exploring nanotechnology, programming LEGO® Mindstorm robotics, and learning about safe social networking.
The program also will include a screening of the movie Molecules to the MAX!, a 40-minute adventure that follows Oxy, Hydro, Hydra, Carbón, and other characters as they navigate the colorful world of atoms and molecules in search of life. With the help of the Molecularium—a spaceship that can shrink to nanoscale sizes—the group explores the “secret worlds” and molecular structures of everyday objects, including a snowflake, chewing gum, a penny, and even a human cell.
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).
The keynote address will be delivered by Arel Moodie, author of the best-selling book Your Starting Point for Student Success, who is known as America’s “top young speaker.” Moodie will deliver his remarks beginning at 3:30 p.m. in DCC 308.
The White House chose to partner with Moodie and his company to host events engaging the country’s top young leaders. Inc. magazine called Moodie a “high-energy motivator” and named him to their “30 Under 30 list” of America’s coolest entrepreneurs, joining people like Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information regarding the program and to register, visit www.rpi.edu/dept/diversity/bftad/index.html.