19th Annual BFTAD Held at RPI

Submitted by anuszn on Mon, 03/25/2019 - 09:31
2019 BFTAD

Technology Park partners support Rensselaer’s Black Families Technology Awareness Day.

On March 16, 2019 over 200 students, parents, guardians and teachers attended Rensselaer’s 19th annual Black Families Technology Awareness Day (BFTAD). Supporting this year’s event were several Technology Park partners including Applied BioPhysics, County Waste Services, Weston and Sampson PE, LS, LA, PC, The Campito Companies, Rensselaer Dining Services and the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST).

For more than 30 years, Rensselaer has been working to build a national network of K-12 pipeline partnerships that focus on identifying, nurturing, and providing educational development for promising scientists and engineers, with a special emphasis on women and underrepresented minority groups. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson has long warned of what she has dubbed a “Quiet Crisis” in America—the threat to the capacity of the United States to innovate due to reduced support for research and the looming shortage in the nation’s STEM workforce. All students need to prepare for the 21st century economy and full participation in America’s economic, political, and social life.

Black Families Technology Awareness Day is part of Rensselaer’s larger effort to interest area young people and their families in pursuing occupations in the fields of science and engineering. By showcasing science and technology in a fun and interactive way, the goal of BFTAD is to motivate more minority students to pursue careers in these fields. The BFTAD program engages all participants and encourages them to celebrate the beauty and wonder of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts. During 2019 event, a total of 15 hands-on STEM workshops and demonstrations were presented, along with opportunities to learn more about the life of scientists, how students and guardians can prepare for college and the interesting and diverse number of careers in science.

Thanks again to all of sponsors and we hope to see you in at next year’s BFTAD event. 

See a slide show of the 2019 event HERE