Black Family Technology Awareness Day

 

Black Family Technology Awareness Day

Darrin Communications Center, Great Hall

February 6, 2010 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM

The following workshops will be lead by members of the LL&C department.  Additional information about the event can be found at http://www.rpi.edu/dept/diversity/bftad/index.html .

ENGINEERING WITH SIMPLE MACHINES (maximum of 20 participants)
Hosts: The Children's Museum of Science and Technology, Elia Nelson, CMOST Educator & Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute Graduate Student
Location: Darrin Communications Center (DCC) 235
Target Ages: Elementary School and Middle School Students
Workshop Session(s): 1, 2 & 3
Have you ever wondered how the flagpole works to raise a flag? What makes the see saw work so well or how about that hammer? Join Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) staff as we investigate several different simple machines. Participants will use LEGO® building kits to build models of simple machines and then put them to work!

INTRODUCTION TO SCRATCH, A PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR KIDS
Hosts: Nathan G. Freier, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Assistant Professor
Location: Voorhees Computing Center (VCC) North
Target Ages: Middle School Students
Workshop Session(s): 1, 2 & 3
Come learn some of the basics of Scratch, a programming language for children designed by researchers at MIT. Children will learn how to create their own cartoon character, move that character around he screen, and use that character to draw abstract pictures.

SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR YOUNG ADULTS ENTERING THE WORKFORCE
Hosts: Debbie Rowe, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Graduate Student
Location: Low Center for Industrial Innovation (CII) 3051
Target Ages: High School and Undergraduate Students
Workshop Session(s): 2
Could you miss out on your dream job if an employer sees one of your social networking profiles? Is your social networking account really ready for public viewing? In this workshop we will look at how your online presence can help or hinder your work plans.

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