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2013 Black Family Technology Awareness Day
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2013 Black Family Technology Awareness Day
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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.


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. Other “pipeline” programs include: Design Your Future Day, to engage young girls in science and engineering studies and professions; Exploring Engineering Day, to spark the interest of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in science, technology, and engineering; and the Rensselaer Molecularium™ project, to teach young children about the smallest forms of matter.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at fam-tech@rpi.edu.

Participants receive a light breakfast and lunch. T-shirts will be available on a first come first served basis.

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Schedule of Events

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Registration – Darrin Communications Center (DCC) Great Hall

9:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Opening Ceremony – Darrin Communications Center, room 308

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Workshop Session #1 – Various Campus Locations

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Workshop Session #2 – Various Campus Locations

12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and School Showcase – Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (The Armory) Gym

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Musical Performance Featuring TEN 27 Trio
Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Keynote Address and Closing Ceremonies
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Emdin
Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
 

Thank you to all the sponsors who have donated towards the event! A special thank you to our event volunteers!

Black Family Technology Awareness Day History

1999 - Our first year!
2000 - Year two.
2001 - Year three.

The theme for 2002: “Bridging the Digital Divide-The Importance of Technology in Everyday Life”

The theme for 2003: “Embracing the Future for Our Community”

The theme for 2004: “Flying Forward While Looking Backwards”

The theme for 2005: “Education and Application” - 450 area students and families attended.

The theme for 2006: “Preserving Our Legacy through Technology” - More than 450 area students and families attended.

The theme for 2007: “The Future Starts with Me” - More than 600 area students and families attended.

The theme for 2008: Our 10th year! “A Decade of Discovery” - More than 900 area students and families attended.

The theme for 2009: “The World is Mine” - More than 1,000 area students and families attended.

2010 - More than 850 area students and families attended.

2011- An event was not held.

The theme for 2012: “Tetherless Training for Tomorrow’s Technologies: Heroes, Role Models, and Mentors.”

The theme for 2013: Celebrating our 15th year! “STEM Fest 2013: Connecting Minds to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through Music & the Arts.” More than 1,000 area students and families attended.

The theme for 2014: “Innovate to Educate: Re-Introducing Young Minds to Opportunities in STEM.”

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