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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, 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

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


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.

Judges Needed For GENIUS Olympiad – Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the TACNY email list:

GENIUS Olympiad

We would like you to serve as a judge for GENIUS Olympiad to help us encourage young scientific minds from all over the world. If you would like to be a judge for the GENIUS Olympiad, please register on our website.

The GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school competition about environmental issues. The competition covers the disciplines of Science, Design, Visual and Performing Arts, Creating Writing, and Business. We are expecting more than 500 projects from 66 countries and 31 states (900 participants).

Anyone with a passion for environmental issues and a BS/BA degree in STEM, business, art, or education 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 11 students and grade their performance based on judging criteria given to you. We would like to have you for both morning and afternoon sessions, if possible.

We will provide lunch and refreshments during judging, free parking, and a GENIUS Olympiad T-shirt for those who volunteer their time. More information will be sent via email to those who register.


* Tuesday, June 14, 2016
* Morning Session: 9-12 AM
*Afternoon Session: 1-3.30 pm
* SUNY Oswego Campus, Campus Center Arena (Science/Art/Design), Oswego, NY 13126

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

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

For information:
Dr. Fehmi Damkaci

phone: (315) 312 2698
fax: (315) 312 5424

Girls Summit 2016 – STEM Career Orientation Day, 7 May 2016

From the TACNY email list – see for registration information – and I’m assuming they mean Friday, April 22nd.

What: Girls Summit is a STEM Career Orientation day that 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 sticking with school

(3) Provide girls with opportunities to meet and form personal contacts with women working in non- traditional fields

(4) provide hands-on learning about alternative careers in a format that is committed to benefiting girls of all ethnicities, races, religions and abilities.

When: The event will be held on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00am to 3:30pm (PRE-REGISTER BY FRIDAY APRIL 25TH)

Where: (SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryMarshall Hall)

How Much: $5.00

For additional information please contact Flavia Rey de Castro, Program Director, at or at 315-424-0040


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