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Black Family Technology Awareness Day at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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2013 Black Family Technology Awareness Day
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2013 Black Family Technology Awareness Day
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If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at fam-tech@rpi.edu.

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” events 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.

Black Family Technology Awareness Day draws nearly 1,000 students, families, educators, and members of the surrounding community to the Rensselaer campus.

Rensselaer will host the 18th Black Family Technology Awareness Day program on Saturday, February 3. The daylong STEM event is designed to expose area students, their families, and educators to educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as the arts. The event is free and open to the public. The program will be held on campus from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This year's theme is titled "Be a Force for STEM."

The program will kick off with an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. in the Darrin Communications Center (DCC), room 308. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson will deliver opening remarks. Immediately following the ceremony, students and their parents will be immersed in a series of workshop offerings that will be held in various spaces on the Rensselaer campus from 10 to 11:45 a.m. The program will culminate with a lunchtime event in the Armory from noon to 1:15 p.m.

"Our continued goal is to demonstrate the appeal of STEM-related subjects and research to school-aged children and their parents, as well as K-12 educators in the community," said James Spencer, executive director of the Rensselaer Technology Park, who oversees Black Family Technology Awareness Day. "We have done this by providing hands-on activities that are fun and exciting. Such opportunities create space for us to encourage, explore, create dialogue, and collaborate. Throughout the day, students and parents will truly see the role that STEM plays in their lives, and we hope that they will continue to explore the experience on their own and also through resources and future programs that we hope to offer."

This year, some workshop highlights include Domino toppling, learning about the field of engineering, using math formulas to calculate the number of calories that can be burned while hula hooping, exploring the basics of 3-D printing, using games to teach math and science, and learning about LEGO robotics. Other offerings include an interactive skill-building session to help parents learn about available STEM apps, tips from Rensselaer admissions officers and students on how to navigate the STEM college experience, and a computer coding session to assist students with learning how to create websites, among others.

Call for Workshops
While we have already received a number of submissions for workshops, individuals who are interested in hosting a 45-minute workshop for the event or consideration for future programs are encouraged to complete the online form. Please review the form, and take the time to fill in the details completely. Here is a link: http://rpihub.org/bftad-presenter-registration/

Call for Speakers
We are always looking for speakers. Do you know anyone that has a great story about their experience in science, technology, engineering, math, (STEM), and the arts? In planning our future programs, we would like to showcase Rensselaer students, faculty, staff, and alumni as part of an Rensselaer STEM STARS speaker series. Featured individuals will focus on making connections to the event theme, while also sharing their own story and experience about their STEM journey, lessons learned, advice, challenges, research, and more. If you are interested in participating, or would like to recommend someone, please complete the online form. Here is the link: http://rpihub.org/bftad-speaker-registration/

Thanks for your interest in supporting and attending Black Family Technology Awareness Day. We look forward to seeing you in February 2018. As things develop, visit our website for updates and event pre-registration details.

Call for Volunteers
Individuals who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to complete the online registration form. Here is a link: http://rpihub.org/bftad-volunteer-registration/

Note: Advance online registration for the Opening Ceremony and Lunch will begin by January 19 and continue until the event day.

Advance online registration for the workshops will begin on January 27 and close per program offering and attendance capacity.

During the course of the event, we have several photographers that will be taking photos for us. Please take the time to print and complete the media release form and bring it with you on the day of the event. We will also have additional forms handy on the day of the event. We appreciate your cooperation in this process.

Eventbrite - The 18th Black Family Technology Awareness Day Workshop Registration

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Black Family Technology Awareness Day History

View images from past events.

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.”

2015 - An event was not held.

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