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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


* 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.


* 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.

Girls World Expo, Sunday, November 6th At The NYS Fairgrounds

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This just in from the TACNY email list.


* Do you love science and technology?

* Want to encourage girls ages 11-18 to explore STEM careers?

* Volunteer at the Girls World Expo, Sunday, Nov. 6 at the NYS Fairgrounds!

We’ll have at least 20 Maker Hall “Adventures.” Use our ready-to-go hands-on fun kits, or design your own station with a developer grant. First shift sets up from 8a to noon (free breakfast); second shift hosts Adventures 11a-5p (free lunch).

Please encourage your friends and coworkers to register for an amazing day of challenging minds and encouraging dreams! Email Mary Eileen Wood with your questions, and don’t miss this great day!


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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, visit tacny.org.

Maker Hall At The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration – 17 January 2015

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

The posted email below from Mary Eileen Wood of Ying-TRSEF and OCC (and CNY’s most active STEM educator!) is an announcement both for interested CNYO members and anyone else who might have a club, organization, or garage full of kid-friendly equipment who might want to set up a booth to participate in the Maker Hall festivities. This will be my 3rd such event (Ryan Goodson and I having run CNYO booths at the two events (announced HERE and HERE) in 2014) and I can tell you that these Maker Faires are THE place to be for anyone interested in (and interested in promoting) STEM education.


If anyone has interest in hanging out at the CNYO (and NASA Solar System Ambassador) booth, please let me know at admin@cnyo.org. If you’ve an organization that wants to participate, please contact Mary Eileen Wood using the contact info at the bottom of the email:

For the first time, the MLK Committee is incorporating a Maker Hall into the Dr. King Celebration, giving the STEM community the Fowler High School gymnasium. TACNY members can once again delight a diverse array of families from our community with science and technology!

Wonder what a Maker Hall is? It’s basically a Mini Maker Faire – lots of stations with fascinating hands-on activities for all ages that engage families in exploring great Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fun.

The adventures already include the IEEE station with flashing circuits, the NASA Solar Ambassador’s space rocks, OCC’s “virtual engineering” center, the U.S. Army team’s hands-on gear set up, DIY spaghetti engineering, Rotary’s basketball math … and whatever YOU would like to bring!

* Register ASAP to volunteer for the Maker Hall – we are preparing for 500 attendees!

* Our Hall’s volunteer shift is 10a-3p, so you will be provided with a free lunch!

* This link gives you the flyer (PDF) for recruiting more volunteers.

* This link is the invitation (PDF) to attend the Dr. King Community Celebration. Send it to everyone you can, so we have LOTS of people at this great STEM party!

* Questions? Call Mary Eileen Wood at 315-468-1025 or email trsef@verizon.net.

* Plan to dress comfortably and have a GREAT time!

Ying-TRSEF Mini Maker Faire – Adventures And Discoveries For The Young And Old – 18 January 2014, 1 – 4 p.m.

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

We are now one week away from a Mini Maker Faire being hosted by Le Moyne College and featuring, among many other great activities for young and old alike, CNYO members Ryan Goodson and myself in our new capacities as NASA Solar System Ambassadors (in our case, running a booth on the Solar System – quite appropriate!). The event, organized by the always-energetic Mary Eileen Wood, Director of STEM Initiatives at OCC (if you’ve ever judged at a local science fair, chances are you know who I’m talking about), and sponsored by YING-TRSEF, NASA, The Gifford Foundation, TACNY, and several other local institutions and companies, is an afternoon-long event of science demos, hands-on projects, engineering studies, even astronaut training – all free and open to the public (although those under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult!).

Information about the event can be found at its website: www.yingtrsef.org/MFaire/.

The official announcement is attached, with some of the event info summarized below:

What? Maker Faires are about hands-on experiences, supported by people who really love science, engineering and the arts.
Who? Children of all ages, kindergarten through retirement, PLUS volunteers from OCC and other organizations and campuses in the area
When? Saturday, Jan 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where? Le Moyne College Recreation Center
And … It’s free to everyone! 
Pre-registered youth and volunteers even get FREE NASA t-shirts!

Would YOU like to:
* attend with your friends/family? Here’s a LINK to family registration
* host or help at one of our stations? Here’s a LINK to options
* pass along the flyer to all the CNY people on your mailing list so they can attend? HERE’s the flyer
* invite your children or students to join us as volunteers? Here’s a LINK to volunteer registration


There will be a few space-centric booths at this Faire, with our Solar System booth getting a little extra tweaking in the form of multimedia and a few (very small) Mars and Moon rocks in attendance. We are looking forward to an afternoon of teaching and getting our hands dirty with some of the other demos running near our booth. If you’re interested in attending, please consider registering early. If you’ve interest in helping with the CNYO Solar system demo booth, just let me know!