Virtual Black Families Technology Awareness Day 2022


Feb. 12, 2022

Feb. 12, 2022 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Rensselaer Black Families Technology Awareness Day (BFTAD). Because of ongoing public health concerns, Rensselaer will host the program virtually again in 2022. 

Families from the Capital Region, across New York and the United States, and across the world are invited to attend to learn about the world-changing potential of STEM.

The day will kick-off with a welcome and address from the Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. President Jackson's remarks will be followed by a variety of programs in which participants will:

  • Engage in immersive STEM activities appropriate for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 with Rensselaer students.
  • Learn how to prepare for college and learn about career opportunities in STEM fields with Rensselaer students and pre-college professionals.
  • Meet with Rensselaer students and faculty who will introduce research being conducted at Rensselaer in engineering, science and computer science, humanities, arts, social sciences, architecture, and management, including university efforts to combat COVID-19.

Events will take place between noon and 4 p.m. EST. Program details below. 

Questions about the day should be emailed to


Information for Participants, Volunteers & Sponsors


BFTAD will occur on Feb. 12, 2022, and will take place between noon and 4 p.m. EST.

Registration is a three-step process:

(1) REGISTER NOW to attend.

(2) SIGN UP FOR ACTIVITIES: Once you are registered to attend, you will receive a notification in late January to sign up for specific programs and activities.  

(3) After you sign up for specific programs, you will be sent a reminder notice and Zoom link(s) for the programs and activities you have registered for.

Registration will continue until the start of the event.


The 2021 Digital Program (PDF) will give you an idea of the kinds of exciting programs that take place during this event.


Request for 2022 Program Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for BFTAD 2022, from faculty, student groups, and alumni to conduct virtual programming that will inform and excite young people about science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as the arts.

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-19, Jefferson Project, departmental research, etc.)
    • Grades 6-12
    • Parents

The programs should be up to 55 minutes in length. They will be offered between 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, 2022.

Email with questions.


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

For information on how you or your organization can become a sponsor of BFTAD, E-mail