Black Families Technology Awareness Day 2021

2021 marks the 21st edition of the Rensselaer Black Families Technology Awareness Day. For the first time the event will be held virtually on Saturday, February 20, 2021! Families from the NY capital region, and across New York and the United States will have opportunities to:

  • Engage in hands-on STEM activities appropriate for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 with RPI students;
  • Learn how to prepare for college and career opportunities in STEM fields with RPI students and pre-college professionals;
  • Meet with RPI students and faculty who will introduce research being conducted at Rensselaer in Engineering, Science and Computer Science, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Architecture, Management including university efforts to combat COVID 19; and
  • Hear from the Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Events will take place between 12 noon and 4 p.m., EST.

Those interested in participating should REGISTER NOW.  

On February 1, those who have registered to participate will be notified about the various program offerings, and will be able to sign up for the programs they are interested in. By February 19, the contact person for each registrant will be sent a reminder notice about Black Families Technology Awareness Day and link(s) for the programs they have registered for.

Questions about the day should be directed to BFTAD 2021.

 

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Information for Participants and Volunteers

2021 Programs

Programs below are confirmed as of 1/8/2021. Continue to check back for additions.

Programs for K - 2nd grade students

Programs for 3rd - 5th grade students

  • How Engineers are Saving the Turtles  (RPI Engineering Ambassadors)
    • This presentation focuses on the engineering solutionsbeing developed to combat increasing plastic pollution. Students will learn how plastic is made using a process called polymerization, how plastic ends up in the seas and oceans and does not breakdown. Students will learn how engineers are designing solutions for the pollution as well as the best practices of recycling. Students will participate in an online game 
  • Engineering Life: Water Filtration (RPI Engineering Ambassadors)
    • Students will learn about the importance of access to clean water. They will learn about how water can be polluted, the natural water cycle, and engineered processes to clean water such as coagulation, sedimentation, and filtration techniques. Students will be able to build a gravity filter to "clean" water.

Programs for 6th - 8th grade students

  • How the Electric Grids Power Your Home (RPI Engineering Ambassadors)
    • Looking all around you, one would recognize that much of our world is powered through electricity.  The national network of the electric grid delivers power from the power plant to YOUR home.  The participants will learn the basics of electricity, and the design of electric circuits.  Students will then be invited to design the power system to light-up a stadium to a sporting event using an online simulation.
  • Drag Force: Shape Matters (RPI Engineering Ambassadors)
    • The participants will learn about the basics of drag force and the importance of understanding the impact and consequences of it on engineering everyday products.  Students will also learn how engineers test and model drag on different items such as vehicles, sporting equipment, etc., to improve performance.

Programs for 9th - 12th grade students

  • Journey to a STEM Career (RPI Engineering Ambassadors) 
    • Engineering students share their story on why they decided to pursue a STEM career and the challenges they had to overcome along the way.  This program will introduce a panel of engineering students from different backgrounds from all across the country.  The students will address how they discovered their interest in their career path, how they prepared in their secondary schools, the obstacles they faced, and knowing what they know now, what would they do differently.

Parent Programs

  • Journey to a STEM Career (RPI Engineering Ambassadors) 
    • Engineering students share their story on why they decided to pursue a STEM career and the challenges they had to overcome along the way.  This program will introduce a panel of engineering students from different backgrounds from all across the country.  The students will address how they discovered their interest in their career path, how they prepared in their secondary schools, the obstacles they faced, and knowing what they know now, what would they do differently.
Request for Program Proposals

We are now accepting proposals from faculty, student groups, and alumni to conduct virtual programming that will inform and excite young people about science, technology, engineering and math.

Programs should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Hands-on STEM activities with items that are commonly found in homes
    • Grades K-2
    • Grades 3-5
    • Grades 6-8
    • Grades 10-12
  • Lecture and interactive programs including panel discussions on college preparedness and on STEM Careers
    • Grades 10-12
    • Parents
  • Lectures on Rensselaer research (e.g., COVID, Jefferson Project, departmental research, etc.)
    • Grades 6-12
    • Parents

The programs should be up to 55 minutes in length. They will be offered between 12 noon and 4 p.m., and you will be able to conduct more than one program if you are interested.

SUBMIT PROPOSALS HERE; they are due no later than Jan. 21, 2021.

Contact bftad@rpi.edu with questions.

Program Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors

  • Flavours by Sodexo at Rensselaer

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors

  • Applied Biophysics
  • Campito Companies
  • Capital Bank, A Division of Chemung Canal Trust Company
  • Weston & Sampson PE, LS, LA, PC