Rensselaer to Host 19th Black Families Technology Awareness Day on March 16

Students participate in Black Families Technology Awareness Day.

March 13, 2019

Rensselaer to Host 19th Black Families Technology Awareness Day on March 16

Special event motivates underrepresented students to pursue careers in STEM fields

TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host its 19th Black Families Technology Awareness Day on Saturday, March 16.

Middle and high school students in grades 6-11, as well as their families and educators, are invited to explore educational and career opportunities in what are often referred to as the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – as well as the arts.

By showcasing the interconnected STEM fields in a fun and interactive way, the event is designed to motivate students, particularly those who are historically underrepresented in these fields, to pursue studies and careers in STEM.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held on the Rensselaer campus from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This year’s theme is “STEM: Solving Life’s Problems.”

The program will kick off with an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson will deliver the opening remarks. Troy Mayor Patrick Madden will also speak. Immediately following the ceremony, participants will attend two sessions, at 10:15 a.m. and at 11:15 a.m. The program will culminate with lunch at noon.

This year, workshop topics include exploring computer science, nuclear-powered space flight, laser technology, and heart rate sensors. Students can learn how to become inventors and creators through the use of inexpensive do-it-yourself electronics, compete to design the strongest bridge, find out how science and math can help them become better athletes, and more.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the lives of scientists and engineers, preparing for college, and STEM careers.

More information and updates can be found on the event website.


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