Category Archives: Stem

GENIUS Olympiad, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 – Judges Needed!

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the TACNY email list and seconded by the indefatigable Mary Eileen Wood – and apologies for the short notice on this one (me, not them). If you’ve available this Wednesday, consider giving your time to a very good cause (and prepare to be amazed. Several CNYO members have judged in the past few years and have always come away feeling a bit better about the future of humanity).


Official brochure – click for a larger view.

The GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school competition about environmental issues. The competition covers the disciplines of Science, Arts (Poster and Photography), Short Film, Creating Writing, Business, and Robotics. We are expecting more than 550 projects from 71 countries and 37 states.

We would like you to serve as a judge for our competition to help us encourage young minds from all over the world. Anyone with a passion for environmental issues and a BS/BA degree in STEM, business, art, music, writing, education, or who is professional in the area of the field may volunteer to be a judge for the appropriate field. As a judge, there is a time commitment of at least three hours per session, in which you are expected to talk to 12-15 students and grade their performance based on judging criteria given to you. For science and art categories, we would like to have you for both morning and afternoon sessions, if possible.

We will provide lunch, refreshments during judging, free parking, and a GENIUS Olympiad T-shirt and mug to judges during the event. More information will be sent via email to those who register a week before the event, but please put our event on your calendar as soon as you register

DETAILS:

* Wednesday, June 14, 2017
* Morning Session: 9-12 AM
* Afternoon Session: 1-4 PM
* SUNY Oswego Campus, Campus Center Arena, Oswego, NY 13126

You are also invited to the International Cultural Festival at 5 pm on the same day after judging. This event is fun and engaging with performances and activities from around the world.

REGISTER:

* If you would like to be a judge for the GENIUS Olympiad, please register on our website.
* Please also feel free to share this e-mail with your friends and colleagues to invite them to join us.

P.S. Creative writing judging will happen before the event by reading writings and also during the event by listening students.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

9th Annual Girls Summit – STEM Career Exploration Day, 29 April 2017

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the TACNY list. One week to go before the 2017 Girls Summit, held on the SUNY ESF campus this Saturday. Please forward this along to anyone you think might be interested!

Details

Girls Summit is a career exploration day for girls in grades 6-10 on Saturday April 29th, 2017 at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. The event’s GPS address is 1000 Irving Ave.

Girls Summit is organized by Girls Inc. at the YWCA in collaboration with ESF, Syracuse University, Syracuse University’s STEP (Science, Technology Entry Program), and New York State CSTEP (Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program). Participants will attend hands-on workshops about a variety of STEM topics throughout the day and a panel discussion about the high school-to-college transition will close the day.

This event aims to (1) spark the spirit, trigger the imagination and encourage young women to consider new and exciting career opportunities; (2) increase a girl’s interest in math, science and technology and in persistence with school; (3) provide girls with opportunities to meet and form personal contacts with women working in non- traditional fields; and (4) provide hands-on learning about alternative careers in a format that is committed to benefiting girls of all ethnicities, races, religions, abilities, and backgrounds.

GIRLS SUMMIT SCHEDULE

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Registration
9:40 – 9:55 AM: Keynote Speaker
10:00 – 10:10 AM: Pre-Survey
10:10 – 10:55 AM: Workshop 1
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Workshop 2
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Lunch (will be provided on-site)
12:40 – 1:25 PM: Workshop 3
1:30 – 2:10 PM: Workshop 4
2:10 – 2:15 PM: Post-Survey
2:30 – 3:15 PM: College Readiness Panel Discussion
3:15 – 3:30: Closing Ceremony & Door Prizes!

PLEASE NOTE: Your registration will not be considered complete until a registration fee of $5.00 is made to the YWCA by cash, credit, check, or money order. Call our main office at (315) 424-0040 to make a payment by credit card. Please make checks out to “YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga County” and drop off in person or by mail to 401 Douglas St. Syracuse, NY 13203. If mailing in a payment, please include contact information for the participant. Payment may be made on the day of the event, however it is strongly encouraged to pre-pay via the above options.

If you have any questions please contact Liz Wierbinski at lwierbinskiywca@centralny.twcbc.com or by phone at 315-424-0040.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

Request For Volunteers: CNY Regional VEX IQ Robotics Challenge

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This just in from the TACNY listserve.

Volunteers are needed for the CNY Regional VEX IQ Robotics Challenge – “Crossover” – which will be held at the MOST (Milton J. Rubinstein Museum of Science and Technology) on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The snow date for the competition is Sunday, January 22. Snow day status will be presented as a scroll on the MOST website on Friday evening, January 20.

Volunteers are the nuts and bolts of this robotics design, build, and compete engineering event. Of course, artificial intelligence requires human intelligence! We hope that all of you, our talented, local community, will be interested in and available to share your skills and knowledge to educate and inspire our local youth as part of our volunteer team this year.

All volunteers are welcome to arrive at the MOST at 8:00am on competition day. Due to competition needs, volunteers assigned to certain positions must arrive at 8:00am, and the remainder must arrive by 10:15am. The competition is anticipated to conclude at 3:30pm.

We will hold volunteer training at the MOST on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 5:30pm. Training is HIGHLY recommended for volunteers who have no previous experience in VEX IQ competitions, or who are filling technical volunteer positions such as Referee, Judge, Timekeeper/scorekeeper, Field Assistants, Pit Assistants, Inspectors, etc.

We offer our volunteers complimentary breakfast and lunch on event day.

If this robotics competition sounds like fun to you, please contact Diane E. Plumley, at darwish.law@gmail.com, and provide the following information:

* Your volunteer position preferences, or whether you would like to be assigned “as needed.” (Volunteers will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and if you happen to request positions that have already been filled, event organizers will respond to and work with you directly via email, as there is room for flexibility, and always more help is needed on event day!!)

* Whether you will attend volunteer training on Friday evening, January 20, at 5:30pm, at the MOST.

* Whether you have technical robotics prowess, either professionally, educationally, or as a hobbyist.

* Your name as you would like it to appear on a name badge and promotional materials.

* Your academic or professional affiliation as you would like it to appear on a name badge and on promotional materials.

If you have friends or colleagues that may like to volunteer, please forward this email along to them. If you have questions about volunteering, available volunteer roles, or about the event in general, please contact Diane E. Plumley, at darwish.law@gmail.com.

Infinite thanks to all of you!! We cannot do this without you!! With your help, it will be a successful Challenge!!

Diane & the 2017 CNY Regional VEX IQ Robotics Challenge Organizational Committee

About TACNY

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.