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2017 Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF) – Request For Volunteers, 26 March 2017

Volunteers, judges and mentors are needed for the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF) sponsored by the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus. This year, students from ten counties will compete in two divisions, the junior fair for 4th-8th graders and the senior fair for 9th-12th graders. Judges don’t need to be experts in science to listen as the students demonstrate how much they have learned and accomplished. A continental breakfast, lunch and training will be provided for the judges and volunteers. Those interested in volunteering can apply online here. Reply to Earl Turner eturner@most.org if you have any questions.

The encouragement and interest shown by volunteers and judges is an essential part of the student’s science fair experience. Help inspire our future generation of scientists and engineers!

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “So Much To Know About GMO, Our Friend Or Our Foe? Analyzing The Controversial Genetically Modified Organism”

Saturday – January 21, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org

Speaker:

Sara Velardi, MS, PhD Candidate in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy at SUNY ESF

Talk Overview:

So what exactly is a GMO? Why, a genetically modified organism of course! GMOs have been a popular topic in mass media today with opponents and supporters passionately stating their arguments for or against them. In this talk we will discuss the many sides of the coin in the debate surrounding GMOs and if we will expect to see a GMO label on our food in the future.

Biography:

Sara Velardi’s PhD research focuses on public perceptions of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the policy surrounding the regulation and labeling of GMOs. She has presented her current research at the New York State Biotechnology Symposium and the International Rural Sociology Conference in Toronto. Her previous Master’s research focused on science educators’ professional development in environmental education. Specifically she worked on the environmental education program Project Learning Tree. Sara got to explore her love for outdoor education as a naturalist at Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville, New York while working on her Master’s degree. Sara has a love for teaching and has worked with SUNY-ESF Outreach in the past on various STEM mentoring and ESF SCIENCE summer camp adventures. She has taught biology at Onondaga Community College and hopes to continue teaching throughout her career. She has also had the great opportunity to be a Graduate Ambassador for the Graduate School at SUNY-ESF and give campus tours to prospective students. In her free time she likes to go hiking around Central New York and hold Jodi Picoult mini book clubs with her mom.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

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.

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.

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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!