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Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART
Located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park ®
345 Hermes Road
Malta, NY 12020

Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome: 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

  • Mary Burke, Manager of Special Projects - NYSERDA
  • Penny Hill, Associate Dean - TEC-SMART

Keynote & Panel Discussion: 9:10 a.m. -9:35 a.m.

  • Hear from Anne McEntee, Vice President of GE Renewables and young women who are inspired by math and science
  • Jesalyn Claeys, High School Senior - Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School
  • RPI Engineering Student

Hands-On Workshops: 9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please select two one hour activities when registering.  Space is limited, if you do not see the workshop listed on the registration that workshop has reached capacity.

  • Workshop One: 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Workshop Two: 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Hands-On Workshops

Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School
Catching the Rays*:
Participants will learn about heat and solar energy concepts. See the different temperatures of materials using a heat sensing camera. Design a solar collection model that could be used for transportation or cooking.

*This activity has reached capacity for both workshops.  No additional registrants will be accepted.

CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology
Colorful Detective Work*:
During this session, girls will work with CNSE CMOST to explore chromatography and the cool chemistry behind it. The students will engage in doing hands-on detective work to figure out who wrote a mystery note. During the course of the workshop, they will also learn how to describe some chemical properties of molecules based on how they behave in the colorful chromatography process. Join us and put your crime sleuthing to the test!!

*This activity has reached capacity for both workshops.  No additional registrants will be accepted.

Women of Wind Energy, General Electric, and Society of Women Engineers
Kid Wind: Participants will learn about the principles of wind energy while completing an interactive design experiment. Working in teams, participants will design wind turbine blades, and then test their designs ability to produce power. They will learn first-hand about the experimentation and engineering process as they rework their designs to catch more wind and creates more power output.

African American Forum and General Electric
Edison Innovation Lab:*
Participants will code their own microcontroller devices using the Arduino Uno platform. Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. Our Edison Inventors will bring code to life using simple low cost hardware. Learn how to create interactive design today!

*This activity has reached capacity for workshop one.  No additional registrants will be accepted.

Manufacturing Technology Development Center (MTDC) Tour: Suit up in a cleanroom suit worn by workers and engineers in the Fab and learn how wafers are produced for a variety of household devices, such as cars and computers.

Forensics*: Experience fun with forensic investigation through fingerprinting, chromatography, and extracting DNA from a banana.

*This activity has reached capacity for both workshops.  No additional registrants will be accepted.

Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center and National Science Foundation
NanoTex Fabric Lesson:
Students will be able to compare and contrast regular cotton and polyester fabrics with NanoTex fabric. Students will use their observations to draw conclusions about the advantages of nanotech products.

SciGirls, Design Squad Nation, and Dragon Fly:
Explore the online STEM resources available from WMHT and PBS. Meet the SciGirls, play games, and see how SciGirls are changing the way girls think about science, technology, engineering, and math! Also experience Design Squad Nation, and Dragon Fly. Please bring ear buds/headset to the computer lab session.

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Photography Release for Minor Child or Children

Download the photography release form [PDF] and email to or bring it on the day of the event.

Workshop One: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Workshop Two: 11:00 am - Noon

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