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“If we are going to succeed in filling the emerging gap in engineering and science talent, the United States cannot continue to ignore the 30 percent of the population represented by ethnic minorities ... and women.”
President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

Rensselaer Initiatives

Black Family Technology Awareness Day
During the month of February, Rensselaer hosts the annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day program. The event, designed to spur young people’s interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and the arts, is hosted by Rensselaer’s Office of Institute Diversity and the Office of Academic Outreach Programs. The event is part of a nationally celebrated week of the same name. The program features more than 20 interactive workshops — led by Rensselaer professors, students, and community organizations that are focused on STEM disciplines.

Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education
Through the innovative efforts of the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE), Rensselaer is helping our nation's public school education system prepare the college students of tomorrow. Rensselaer believes that it shares with the nation’s schools an obligation to develop and deliver a first-class education to students at all levels. To achieve its vision, the CIPCE fosters innovations in pre-college education that build upon Rensselaer’s strengths and traditions in pedagogy, interactive learning, educational technologies and teacher education. CIPCE recently launched a new program — the Animation & Gaming Academy. The program provides participants as young as 9 with an opportunity to create a variety of digital media projects.

Design Your Future Day
More than 120 11th grade girls, primarily from the northeast, take part in the annual Design Your Future Day (DYFD). The event, hosted by Rensselaer, engages participants in activities to inform and excite them about career opportunities in engineering, science, architecture, and technology. The program includes workshops — led by Rensselaer faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students — on a range of topics including: design and manufacturing of medical devices, architecture and building design for community improvement, computer simulation models in health care, and robotics in manufacturing processes.

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp provides middle school students with an insider’s look at engineering and other science careers. Former NASA astronaut Bernard Harris and ExxonMobil have partnered to provide academic enrichment camps on university campuses. Throughout the two week residential program, students work side by side with ExxonMobil engineers and scientists as they conduct experiments, participate in highly interactive projects and demonstrations, attend classes and weekly field excursions, and interact with guest speakers.

Exploring Engineering Day
Exploring Engineering Day is an annual day of hands-on engineering activities for area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Activities are designed to spark the children’s interest in science and technology, and to encourage them to consider pursuing careers in the engineering field. Participants exercise their problem-solving, brainstorming, design, and teamwork skills in hands-on activities that cover a wide range of engineering disciplines, including electrical, aeronautical, and mechanical engineering. Rensselaer undergraduate and graduate engineering students lead the day’s events.

FIRST Robotics Competition
Undergraduate students, faculty and staff in the School of Engineering work with many high-school students participating in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition involves teams of high school students who design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. In 6 short weeks, they design and build a robot, while learning about science and technology in a fun, hands-on way. During the ‘build’, they solve fundamental engineering problems and even try out new technologies.

At Rensselaer:

02/02/12: It’s All About STEM, the Arts, the Electric Slide Dance, and Future Careers

12/08/11: Rensselaer and Time Warner Cable Set to Host FIRST LEGO® League Robotics Tournament for Local Middle Schools

8/27/2010: Middle School Students Thrive in Summer STEM Program

8/27/2010: Focus On: Summer Education Programs

6/18/2010: Summer STEM Programs Prepare the Next Generation

6/18/2010: Summer@Rensselaer Presents Offerings for All Ages

6/18/2010: Eglash Earns $2.9 Million NSF Grant To Support STEM Research

4/30/10: High School Girls Explore High-Tech Careers at “Design Your Future Day

4/30/10: High School Scholars’ Program Exposes Young Students to Biotechnology Research

3/5/10: Exploring Engineering Day

2/19/10: More Than 1,100 Enjoy 12th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day

12/11/09: Rensselaer To Support Regional Progressive Dialogues on STEM Education

8/28/09: First “Progressive Dialogue” on STEM Initiatives Held

6/12/09: Rensselaer To Lead Progressive Dialogue on Improving STEM Education

6/12/09: Preparing the Next Generation — ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

3/13/09: Rensselaer Hosts 11th Annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day

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