Save the Date: Black Family Technology Awareness Day Saturday, February 1, 2014
Innovate to Educate: Re-Introducing Young Minds to Opportunities in STEM
Black Family Technology Awareness Day is an annual event hosted by at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Celebrating its’ sixteenth year, the event is designed to interest area young people and their families in pursuing occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) fields, and the arts.
On Saturday, February 1, 2014, the event will be held on the Rensselaer campus from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The theme for the event is “Innovate to Educate: Re-Introducing Young Minds to Opportunities in STEM.” Every year, a new theme is selected. Taking a look at the state of education in our community, the nation, and around the world, the theme selected for February 2014 is meant to provide a creative space and encourage dialogue among students and their families. In planning the event, the goal is 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.
Black Family Technology Awareness Day is a great opportunity for young people and their families to get a taste of the excitement and possibilities of careers in science, technology, and engineering fields. The event is free and open to the public. Individuals will have an opportunity to participate in a series of workshops and hands-on activities led by Rensselaer professors, students, staff, alumni/alumnae, several area businesses, and local community organizations.
Special event highlights include a keynote address by Dr. 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, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Atlanta Journal Constitution. 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.
Prior, to the keynote address, attendees will be treated to a special live jazz music performance featuring members of the Delmar, New York based jazz group, Ten27. Members include: cellist and bass player Monica-Wilson Roach, pianist Michael Roach, and drummer Paul Borrello. 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.